I would find it hard to believe if you told me you have never heard of Dr. Seuss. You know, the American author and illustrator of over 60 children’s books, to include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Cat in the Hat? Even though he passed away the same year I was born, my children have already heard his books. Well in case you have somehow completely missed out on the books, AND the major motion pictures created to portray them on the big screen, let me give you a little cliff note.
Dr. Seuss, real name Theodor Seuss Geisel, penned creative children’s books with fantastical creatures. His books have wonderful rhyming schemes that make them stick in your head. The best part, however, isn’t just the imagination his books spark in minds young and old, but instead the inspirational messages weaved into them.
I have needed to remind myself of this particular one:
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. No one alive is you-er than you!”Dr. Seuss
You see, as of late I have spent excessive amounts of time on my phone. Sure, some of it has been working, but a lot of it has been mindlessly scrolling social media. I say mindlessly, and yet the images I have scrolled past have seeped into my psyche. Now that the Tiger King wave has passed, my Facebook news feed has resumed it’s normal balance between political debate and memes that could possibly make my grandma blush, if she wasn’t the one posting them.
Instagram has gone back to gorgeous pictures of beach houses, perfectly curated brunches, and the occasional Tiger King inspired family portrait (someone should tell these families that was so 3 weeks ago). I don’t even have Tik Tok and yet between my husband showing them to me (and let me tell you we have vastly different senses of humor), and them popping up on other social media platforms it seems like just about everyone is having a blast, dancing their hearts out, and skilled in.. you name it!
I think we can all agree social media is not an accurate portrayal of other people’s lives, and it has been said before that it’s a highlight real. Even those “unfiltered” moments are chosen specifically to elicit a desired emotion from the audience.
Okay, it’s the highlight reel, got it.
But what if we accept that other people really do have great talents, put together beautiful brunches, and can dance like they should be given a featured spot in a music video?
It’s OKAY that other people have a higher income, own more things, have honed a given skill.
The moment you start deciding that other people have a certain life because of who they are, and that you can’t have the life you want because of WHO YOU ARE, you have slammed the door shut in your own face. What you have to offer the world, and the specific path you will take to get there, that is uniquely yours.
Even on a genetic level your experiences in life shape you. Identical twins, who were long thought to have identical DNA, have shown variations stemming from differences in their environments (O’Connor, 2008). My point is, even the people most similar in DNA are unique.
Instead of sitting on the sideline, looking at your differences as a drawback, take that energy and harness it into your strength. You, my friend, are the most YOU person there is. So find the greatness in that and live your dream!
O’connor, A. (2008). The Claim: Identical Twins Have Identical DNA. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/11/health/11real.html