You’re not supposed to be anyone else. You’re supposed to be you. You may have spent your time thus far thinking you were supposed to respond to and create life like your mother, father, sister, brother or favorite somebody. If so, it’s been an exercise in futility and frustration. Try hard as you might, you can’t be anyone but you. And that’s okay.
As a child I belonged to a 4-H club. We competed at the county level. Once, in a baking contest, my friend made the most beautiful cake. As we watched it rising in the oven, she realized she’d forgotten to add the eggs. She opened the oven door and shoved them in. It was a disaster from that point on. No ribbons went home with her that year.
You see, she had made a perfect eggless cake without ever being aware of her unique accomplishment. Determined to follow the recipe, the one everyone else followed, she had destroyed her one-of-a-kind creation.
You are a perfect you. There is no other. None have come before you and none will follow. The way you look at and contribute to every moment is necessary and unique. We would not, could not, be “us” if not for you.
Trust. Pat yourself on the back. Give yourself a hug. We need you strong and sure so we can feel good about being the same.
Start a new dialogue. When someone asks you how you are, refrain from the broke, tired and sick conversation. Words are real and creative. Say “I’m great!” until you believe it. Pretty soon you will.
This is not rehearsal. It’s show time. And you are the one you’ve been waiting for.
See you tomorrow.