You are not ordinary and you were not created to be ordinary.
I had to laugh when this (gorgeous! beautiful!) “Ordinary” piece came in my monthly package from Ali Makes Things. (I’ve talked about her before, right? How all of her stuff is not only hand-lettered-amazingness, but the actual words and quotes she shares are so inspiring and empowering?)
Anyway. I chuckled at this ordinary quote, because I actually do consider myself pretty darn ordinary. I know, I know, there are some unique things about me – about each of us – but really, for the most part, I feel like I’m just pretty normal. (Currently avoiding the rabbit-trail topic of “What is normal?”)
I was recently a part of a “get to know you” game wherein we all had to secretly write down something unique about ourselves and then guess who wrote what. Insert all the eye rolls from me, because I always come up empty in situations like this. My usual go-tos are, “I’ve never had Mountain Dew” or “I’m a bunionectomy survivor.”
Seriously. That’s all I got.
Others, meanwhile, in this game had spectacular responses like, “I’ve white water rafted down the Nile” and “I was born with eleven toes.”
I mean, I could go a little deeper and get real honest with things like, “I’ve done A LOT of work around shame and anxiety in my life and feel like a completely different person than I was half a decade ago.” But, I mean. That’s kind of a mood killer and maybe not exactly what I want to lead with in a get to know you situation.
This isn’t a plea for assurances that I am actually, very unique and one-of-a-kind. I’m quite content in my ordinariness (in large part thanks to all that aforementioned work around shame, ahem), but I wouldn’t mind, say, a random encounter on the street with Jimmy Fallon, or a sudden ability hoola hoop for an hour straight without food or water … just to be able to say SOMETHING in situations like these. Just one simple non-ordinariness is all I’m asking for!