There’s an expression, “You’re unique, just like everybody else.” that is hauntingly true. Since birth I’ve been told that I’m a one-of-a-kind. That I’m special and there’s no one quite like me.
This is false.
There are tons of people out there that are just like me. In fact there are many people out there that are better versions of me. Sure our genetic makeup differs a little and our families and friends are comprised of different people but pretty much everything else is still the same.
They have the same wants and desires, aspirations, and dreams as me. They’ve got the talent and maybe even the resolve.
However, the way we came about into existence is always different from one another. Yes, we all were born from our mothers. That’s where it leaves off. Some of our mothers died. Others were orphaned. Some were born into luxury while others, poverty.
I am a middle-class child. German and Polish ancestry. Large family.
That distinction is given to me but at some point it doesn’t matter.
True distinctiveness that’s worth a damn is earned not born. If I ever have hopes of reaching an actual audience I have to use all my past knowledge, experiences, and developed and practiced talent to make even the tiniest ripple in the field.
It sounds mean but we’re all really insignificant unless we have something significant to contribute. I’m not talking about fame and fortune but just plain uniqueness.
One day I hope to achieve originality that is truly a fresh experience to those who read my work.
For now I am left whetting the sword, battering out writings and building up a foundation.
Don’t be fooled into believing that we’re inherently unique. We choose to build our uniqueness everyday by every action and choice we make from now till the end of our lives.
One of the utmost goals of man is to leave something greater than themselves behind.
Even if it’s as small as a snowflake.