You Are A Snowflake
Many people have often heard me say (either yelling or scorn) that “you are NOT a special snowflake!” And guess what you’re not… BUT… you are???
The military beat, broke and battered me down telling me how in-unique I was, to build me up as a part of one of the greatest teams in the world; the US ARMY. I recall being told one time, in reference to not working well with an individual “well you know, you have a lot of military experience, but you don’t have a lot of experiencing of working with a corporate team.” At the time I couldn’t think of a good response but now I know I would have said –
“Your right, I choose to achieve the mission of the TEAM rather than worry about accolades of INDIVIDUALS.”
In the ultimate of paradoxes that I believe in, I think to often people view themselves as special unique snowflakes deserving of special treatment, because they’re special, for no other reason then they have never viewed the world from any other perspective other than their own. Yet, here is something that I do not tell many… YOU ARE UNIQUE.
How can such paradox exist you ask? At one aspect you tell me my suffering and accomplishments are no more worthy than any one others? And as such should drive me to help my fellow man? You also speak of my suffering and accomplishments as something to be proud of? Which IS it!?
So, here’s the truth –
YOU ARE NO MORE A SPECIAL SNOW FLAKE THAN ANYONE ELSE… EXCEPT WHEN COMPARED TO YOUR OWN SELF!
Plenty of combat medics, soldiers, firemen, etc have achieved what I have and more. Competing and comparing myself against them would be ridiculous. Except when compared with the idea of the perpetual energy machine, IE – INNER drive and competition, that perpetually feeds on itself, something that physicist are still trying to figure out! If I always compete against my self, it only becomes perpetually harder to achieve, driven by internal motivation I have no other option other than to PICK UP THE HEAVIER BAR, GO TO THE HARDER SCHOOL, BE A BETTER FATHER, HUSBAND… etc, etc.
I say all this in reference to a lot of people I’ve heard lately say “well I don’t know about signing up for a weightlifting competition”… I want to ask “How many 5k’s did you sign up for knowing you wouldn’t win?”. Life is NOT about the competition to my right and left, because I am NOT UNIQUE, and will likely loss to them.
BUT I AM UNIQUE TO MYSELF, AND COMPETING AGAINST THAT INNER EGO WILL NEVER GET OLD!
So get your in-unique unique self out there and challenge that inner being, compete everyday, from now until you die – otherwise you’re really not living, just existing.