I've recently finished a book entitled "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green. While there were many quotes that I took from it (yes, I'm a quotes person), there was one that I wanted to meditate upon longer than the others:
"You are so busy being that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are."
What a life motto to have (even if Mr. Green didn't mean it in this manner).
To formulate your existence around the idea of enjoying existence and creating yourself solely from your experiences and not focusing on what others think of you for your persona or your experiences.
I don't think I'm alone in saying that I've spent more time than I care to admit being concerned with what others thing, specifically about me or my actions. While some of it is mostly to ensure that I'm living up to the high standards I imagine others hold for myself (ie: parents), I feel like I miss out on a large amount of life because of this introspectivity. (Not a word then, is a word now: introspectivity)
If we each focused on our own humanity and our own desire to live our individual lives as we desired, would we be even more unique than we are now? Is that even a possible thing....if we are truly unique? Simultaneously, that one in a million comment doesn't necessarily work out....there are 6,840,507,003 people on this Earth. I'm no mathematician, so I let you figure out how many "yous" there are in existence currently. Not to mention the past and present. All concepts of uniqueness beg one to believe that their individuality is truly honed by their experiences.
Which goes back into being "being". Being experiences.
Nobody else on this planet has spent 10 days crammed in a car with Nathan, Brittany and Sean trying to make it to the west coast and back. Plenty of other people have spent 10 days crammed in a car with 3 other individuals. When my being coincided with other peoples' beings, that is where uniqueness came from.....not from the broader experience, but from encountering other beings at a very specific time.
Margaret, as I know you're going to probably be reading this...I'm dying to hear your thoughts (I value them highly). Your's too Lauren!
I think I'm going to leave it at this for the time being, mostly because I'm not quite sure where I want to go with this yet. I just felt as though I should do a blog post, even if it is incomplete, inconsistent and incoherent.....