We’ve all seen the meme. A picture of Audrey Hepburn or Lucille Ball and the caption “In a world full of Kardashians be an Audrey or a Lucy.” Or to be blunt, have some class.
But I’d like to take it a step further. In a world full of Kardashians be you. Why emulate someone else. I’m no Audrey Hepburn and I wish I were as talented as Lucille Ball. No. I’m me. You’re you. There is no one else out there like you. You are unique. You are one of a kind. You are competition free.
We all are. It sounds trite. Meme style wisdom. It’s not when you dig deep.
We are the sum of our pieces. Our upbringing. Our past hurts and victories. We are our screw-ups and failures. We are our out of the park home runs and promotions. We are the good, bad and ugly tied together in one messy bow. We are our story. Your story is not my story. Your talent is not mine.
I sing. You may sing. You may perform as a professional as I do. But you’re not my competition. Why? Because you bring something completely different to the table than me. And the same goes for me to you.
The world loves to put us in a box. We love to categorize each other. Stereotype one another. It’s easier that way. It's like we’re cookie cutter assembly line clones of each other. On the one hand, society says, “Yes! Be different.” In the next breath, we’re trying to reign in anything outside of the norm. We don't like anything that makes us uncomfortable or scared or insecure. We have much to learn.
If we can grasp that we each have a unique place in this world. We each have a job to do. Yes, we do. It’s your “why” for being here. Some of us are lucky (unlucky) enough to know our “why” right from the beginning. Others need to actively seek it out.
- What are your talents?
- What makes you cry?
- What gives you joy?
- What makes you angry?
- Is there something that you could do for hours and hours and not notice the time?
These are hints into what makes you tick. Your “why”.
When you find your “why”, your next step places you on the path of doing. And when you realize you are unique and that being unique is a good thing, you can exhale. The restlessness vacates the building like Elvis. You take stock and accept your idiosyncrasies. You accept what makes you stand out from the crowd.
Then, if the rest of us are lucky, you take action. One small step towards fulfilling your why. And then another step and another step. Soon you’re on your way. And in your own unique way, you make the world a better place. Your “why” doesn’t have to have worldwide impact. Your “why” doesn’t have to be elaborate. Your “why” could be loving the elderly and visiting them on a regular basis. Your “why” could be using your business to raise money every year for a cause you believe in. Your “why” could be performing. Your “why” could be writing. Your "why" could be anything.
And, you don’t have to have the class of Audrey Hepburn to do your part. There are many a redneck with a vision who are pursuing their “why”. I’m one of them. Well, there’s a little bit of redneck in me. I’m a redneck who likes jazz and the symphony. Go figure. But that’s what makes me unique.
Imagine for a moment if everyone did what they were born to do. What kind of world would we live in? I can tell you it would be different than the world we are living in now.
I encourage you to celebrate your uniqueness. Don’t hide it. Embrace it! Be a “pickles and peanut butter” cook. Live your life on your terms. Follow your dreams. Your path.
But Cayla. I’m too old! Yeah. Don’t even go there. Are you boots up? No? Then it ain’t over my friend.
No Cayla, I'm too young! Oh my goodness. Thanks for reading my blog! Honey, listen to me. Go! Be you! Take life by the reigns and run with it. If you don't know your "why", begin working at finding it. Do what's in front of you and never stop. It will happen. You'll find it. I can't wait to see what you do!
Go out and conquer. Make this day the day you accept yourself as you are. No more comparisons. It’s Apples to oranges anyway. And you are one juicy orange. Then get started or continue on your path. Every day. One small step. That’s what I’m doing and I’d love to walk with you.
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