Updated: Mar 21, 2019
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Most of us have a desire to express ourselves creatively, to feel we fill a unique niche in the world and that we are not redundant. We admire and cherish those who were able to not only change the world through their discoveries but also express themselves in their own unique voice. Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Mozart, Fermi, Einstein, Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers – these are a few of the unique, authentic voices whose expression continues to have a lasting impact on the world.
It seems to be human nature to view oneself as unique, to know that our place in this world has been specifically carved out just for us and that there is a contribution that only we can provide.
This is indeed the case for each of us, even though the huge number of people on the planet can sometimes make this seem unlikely. So often we find ourselves believing we are not unique, that we have nothing special to contribute. Emerson saw this when he said, “we but half express ourselves and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents."
For me, growing up as a twin whose brother seemed to excel at everything while I struggled along, I began to believe that I had nothing to contribute, was redundant and too often felt ashamed. After all, there was an identical copy of myself succeeding at life and being praised and rewarded for it. That is how I felt about myself. Damaged goods. Unworthy of love, attention, joy, peace, freedom, wealth, prosperity, and everything that makes life worth living.