Lately, I’ve been discovering more and more how backwards we’re all brainwashed in thinking about ourselves and our reality. People are valuing vanity rather than virtue. People are putting each other down in the name of being better than one another and for some, “unknown”, reason, everybody is depressed or antisocial. But, is it really any wonder?
We need to stop treating ourselves and our neighbors like crap and get back to the basics; being human, valuing the right things, and caring about more than just ourselves. We need to get back to community.
This is my plea.
I am the voice of an ordinary person.
According to the world, I am not special or extraordinary. I’m just normal.
I may seem like just nobody.
But I am a voice that no longer accepts silence as my fate.
No more will I refuse to speak up, not while injustice is being done.
I am a voice that says “nobodies” are somebodies and we all deserve happiness.
I am a female.
I am a mother.
I am a wife.
I am a sister.
I am a friend
I am a lover.
I am a colleague.
I am a daughter, cousin, niece, aunt.
I someone you might pass by on your way to work.
I am a member of a community.
I am a citizen of my country.
I’m a traveler of the world.
I am a child of the earth.
I am a believer in miracles.
I am a dreamer.
I am strong, though I am small.
I am powerful, I can make things happen.
I am good, though I make mistakes.
I am human, and that’s all that should matter.
I am the voice, calling out to the light, to dispel the darkness.
Enough is enough.
We are all the same. We all matter.
There is no such thing as a nobody. Being someone isn’t about who knows you or who doesn’t. From the day you were born, you were somebody. Maybe the people around you were too selfish, too blind or busy to care, but that can’t take away the fact that you’re somebody.
In this world, in these times, it feels as if everyone needs to prove themselves worthy of calling themselves “Somebody.” It’s like only if someone else says that you’re somebody you are, like if youtube views and facebook likes were the pinnacle of social recognition. But few of those “likes” will materialize into real people standing by your hospital bed, holding your hand through the hard times or weeping at your funeral.
Everyone is so hung up on being better than someone else, because maybe that’s how we become “somebody”. Nobodies must be average Joes, if that’s the pattern we follow.
People are always putting each other down, trying to act like they deserve respect and love after they mercilessly tear away at their fellow human beings. Do you think being “somebody” means you deserve things the rest of us don’t? Do you think being “somebody: means being above the rest? Do you really think you can ever truly be that? I call bullshit on that idea.
You can be prettier, faster, stronger, smarter, richer, younger, healthier, more educated, more experienced, more accomplished, or whatever. There will always be someone who is “better” than you in some area of your life. No one has it all, that’s not the way the universe works.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”
If that is true for him, how much more true is that for you?
Does that make us less than someone else? No! Not at all. In fact, we are all pieces of a grand puzzle; we all come into play when it’s our turn. We all have a role in this great story of our universe, whether it’s in a single moment or over the course of your entire life. We are all somebody.
We have the power to change ourselves and others by the simplest of actions. We can hurt and hurt others; we can laugh and share joy; we can become angry and cause destruction; we can be generous and give life. We are all that powerful.
I want everyone to know that I do not underestimate any one of you. I know you are powerful, even if you don’t know it yet.
However, you can’t show it by being rude, obnoxious, condescending or without understanding. Those qualities are for the weak of heart. But goodness, that requires real strength. To be kind, to be understanding, to be accepting of one another, these qualities are hard to develop because they are the roots of a power that is real. We can touch lives every day like this if we want to; we can be remembered and admired long after we are gone, even if we aren’t the most talented or beautiful according the world’s standards.
Think about it. Who do you miss long after they are gone? Those who were blessed with amazing gifts or those who blessed you with the kindness, compassion and love of friendship?
Everyone is hung up on being somebody, and trying to trample one another to do it. In the end, you will find yourself trampled too if you run such a futile race. Stop trying to be someone and be a real somebody. Change lives everyday; share joy, give love. Be one who is remembered long after you’re gone.
After all, only if you believe you are no body then you are. If you’re trying to be somebody, it means you believe you aren’t. But there is no such thing as a no body. We are all somebody.
Have the confidence to show goodness, because that’s what real somebodies do.
I would know, because I am the voice of somebody.