Let me say it one more time: the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Joseph Campbell, a way with words you certainly did have! So often we are trying to change things about ourselves. Do you notice that? Well, I think that any driven or inspired human does. And while it is not only normal, but necessary to challenge and change parts of ourselves in order to grow into our best selves, we need to remember who we are in the process. The minute we get away from who we are to our core, is the minute we begin to forget the privilege we have all been given.
I am a firm believer that each of us has been born with our own unique purpose. There is a reason why each of us are here. Perhaps the “journey” of life is the path we need to take in order to realize why we are here- why any of us are here. To find the meaning of it all. Did you know that the chances of you being born just as you are, at the point in time you were born, to the parents you were born to, is 1 in 400 trillion. 1 in 400 trillion. When the moments arise where you do not feel good enough, less than, or lacking purpose, remember this wildly fascinating fact. It is true for all of us. It is a fact rooted in our shared humanity.
So then, if each of us are here for our own unique reason, it only makes sense that our reasons for being are intertwined with one another. A greater, bigger purpose that we all share. I think that sharing who we are with other people is one of the greatest gifts we can give them, and ourselves. Because once we do that, it gives other people permission to be themselves. When we open ourselves up to this idea that our life has been given to us for great reason, we open ourselves up to each other. The act of sharing a part of us with the world has a ripple effect; it touches the life of someone else, and results in them, in turn, touching someone else’s. Never underestimate that.
And as Steve Jobs says, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”. That would just defeat the purpose 🙂 Live your life, be who you are, and never stop becoming the best version of you. The world needs it.