“You’re nothing special,” is probably one of the most misunderstood pieces of advice that I have given. If you understand it, you know that it is an extremely empowering statement. If you don’t understand, you think it is mocking and belittling to the hearer.
The universe hasn’t singled you out for special treatment. At some point we will all face a situation where we feel alone…
The point I am trying to make is that everyone goes through much of the same trials and tribulations. The details may change, but the feelings and struggles are mostly the same. The universe hasn’t singled you out for special treatment. At some point we will all face a situation where we feel alone – we will feel like the only person who has ever had to face what we are facing. While it may be true that the specific details of our situation are unique, it doesn’t mean that our reaction is. When we understand that others have faced the same feelings we are struggling with, we can take comfort from the unity.
Everything we face can be understood and shared with someone else who has traveled the same path.
Being nothing special means that there are others in the world who can and will understand us. It means we are not alone in our struggles. By the same token, we are not alone in our successes. Everything we face can be understood and shared with someone else who has traveled the same path.
The truth is that everyone is too busy worried about themselves to worry about us.
Knowing we are not alone is one of the most comforting and empowering feelings we can have. When we feel alone, we feel like the world has turned against us. We feel like every action by another person is directed at us specifically. The truth is that everyone is too busy worried about themselves to worry about us.
Think about it – are you more worried about someone else’s situation, or are you more concerned with their reaction to your situation? When you show understanding to someone else in a similar situation, you not only give comfort, but you receive the same.
You’re nothing special. Life is a journey and sharing that journey with others is what gets us all through to the next part.
– Rodney Norman, HashtagWV #135. September 2021. Rodney would like to share with our readers that he has a “You’re Nothing Special” t-shirt line. Check out his shirts and other merch, as well as his upcoming comedy shows at RodneyNorman.com
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