YOU'RE ONE IN A MILLION
You are one person out of the seven point six billion people in the world. Sometimes you may feel small, alone, and/or unimportant. Those feelings are valid, but they make you forget that there are wonderful things that make you who you are. You are essential. You illuminate the world without trying. Everything comes from within you. Need I say more? Well of course I will continue.
Everything we do may be small in a world so big, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do it. Gandhi may have been a lot of things, but he was right about this. Remember that life isn't a guarantee. You do not know what will happen. Bad things happen and good things happen. Tragedy strikes the world everyday. Maybe you will hit the lottery tomorrow. Maybe you will drop everything to travel the world. It doesn't matter. I need you to know the world needs your literal footprints.
DO YOU KNOW HOW SPECIAL YOU ARE?
I hope you know that no one will ever grace the world the way you do. Even if you have a twin, their mark will never be quite the same as yours. We don't like to believe our parents when they rave on about our talents, compliment us on the things that makes us who we are, or say "you're doing amazing sweetie." We believe that parents are supposed to tell us about how wonderful we are. Therefore, whenever they say something nice we accept it as it becomes invalid.
Listen, your parents are right. The ins and outs of you can't be duplicated. The enthusiasm you show when talking about the things you love makes others smile. You're glowing when you talk about books, fashion, saving the planet, etc.
If you're on your way to being a world leader, take those steps. Help change the world into a better place. You will stand out. Obama did. With every mistake and success, there is a journey behind it. He did THAT. Even if you want to be the next Anna Wintour, do it. No one will ever be able to do what she does the way she does it, but that's alright because the way you do it can and/or will change the world of fashion. Maybe the world that is academia is your thing like it is mine. Did you always dream of writing an epic like Dante or Homer? Maybe you want to make children smile like Dr. Seuss. I know a number of people who want to write books like the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Do you want to be noble like a teacher? JUST DO IT. *cues Shia LaBeouf* The world needs your greatness. It wouldn't be able to function without it.
GET RID OF THOSE MONDAY BLUES.
It doesn't matter if you are sat in an office right now, staying at home, getting ready for finals or have already taken your finals, or just all around living. Take the steps needed to be all that you can be and more. You can end up the next Steve Jobs. You can be the artist, creator, inventor, writer, humanitarian, etc. of your generation. It's all up to you.
Continue on with whatever it is you're doing now. Never give up. Sometimes it might be hard. Push harder. Believe in yourself. No one can or ever will be you. You're one in a million. Always remember that. x