Do you ever just feel average as hell?
Like there’s nothing that makes you stand out from the crowd. Or that your thoughts and experiences are the same as everyone around you.
Sometimes I feel like there is this general theme looming over my life like a dark cloud, and there’s no wind to blow it away. It’s this feeling like I don’t know anything, really. I’m just another drop in the ocean, somehow managing to feel isolated and lonely despite being surrounded by billions of other drops.
For some reason, I’m trying to stand out but the more I try, the more I feel I shouldn’t be.
There is this ongoing internal battle of wanting to be unlike anyone you’ve ever known, and blending in with them so that I’m just another face in the crowd.
I’ve always wanted to live a life where I was recognized and never forgotten. Where I make a big enough and positive difference in the world, that inspired others to do the same. Yet somehow I feel like every time I take a step forward to try and make that life a reality, that I don’t deserve to be recognized.
Because in reality, I am both exactly like you, and completely different from you. Just another soul that dreams. I crave feeling loved and happy. I have traveled, and I’m always looking for that next adventure. I’m impatient, almost never on time, and I impulsively buy things. All of the things that make me feel both utterly average and completely privileged. Nothing showstopping here.
On the other hand, some of these are the very things that make me different from you. I have traveled, and I have seen things and felt things that you may never see or feel. I have been to incredible places that affected me in ways that might not ever affect you in the same ways. What drives me, and makes me feel alive, could just be incredibly boring to you. I have lived and will continue to live a life that will never be exactly the same to any one of the other 7 billion drops in this ocean, which is pretty awesome if you think about it.
So raise your hand if you’ve ever felt incredibly average…
… and listen up, cause this one’s for you. You are a life that will leave its mark on the world. Whether you want that to be a close group of loved ones or scores of people around the globe.
Your thoughts and experiences deserve to be heard, man or woman, black or white, thin or large. If you’re happy about something, shout it from the rooftops. And if you’re angry about something, then fight like hell to make it right for you and those around you. If you’re passionate about that one thing that ignites you, then lend your voice and your actions in support. Do what you can to make this world a better place for all of us.
You are unique, a soul who can and never will be replicated. Within you is the power to move mountains if you so choose. You deserve to stand up and out of the crowd. To be recognized as the incredible being that you are.
Don’t ever feel like just another drop in this ocean because we are so much more than that. We are so much more than average. We are lovers, fighters, adventurers, and storytellers. Somebody – or a lot of somebodies – out there need to hear what we have to say.
So go out there, and be your bad self! Live your life unabashedly and unapologetically. You never know what one little thing might make an impact on someone else’s life.