A lot of people have a blog, but not everyone.

A lot of people like to cook, but not everyone.

A lot of people are business owners, but not everyone.

A lot of people can sing, but not everyone.

A lot of people are parents, but not everyone.

A lot of people can act, but not everyone.

A lot of people are students, but not everyone.

A lot of people enjoy writing, but not everyone.

 

We are kidding ourselves if we think that we are totally unique, in the sense that no one can relate to us.

In fact, we are more like those around us than we sometimes care to admit. We are all human beings; breathing, laughing, living. We eat, we sleep. We wake.

There is so much that people have in common, yet in those commonalities reside a host of variations.

Obviously, there are still differences. You and I are not the same person. I like to run, maybe you don't. I live in America, and you might not. But we're not totally different either.

We are the same and we are different. We are all different yet we are all the same.

It doesn't make complete sense. And yet it does.

We all have talents, interests, and skills that many other people have. A lot of us possess the same passions. But not everyone has what you have. Not everyone can do what you can.

True, there are a lot of people in the world, and they all have things to say. But not everyone has the same thing to say. We all have things to say, but not everyone actually say them. Not everyone gets the chance.

So with whatever capacity you have, say your something. Say it repeatedly. Say it in the way that best suits you, whether that be through business, art, conversation, or simply your presence. As long as you say it.

A lot of people are the same as you and I, but not everyone. Therefore, let us not allow the fear of being drowned out stop us from pursuing our goals. Many people have the same ambitions as us; we have a lot of competition.

Put differently, we have a lot of friends and allies. People who are interested in the same things as us can actually support us. They can give us advice in how to proceed and encourage us that what we are doing is of value. Their failures and successes can inform us.

Trust yourself and keep saying what is within you. It might take years for you to be heard. Or you might be heard, but by fewer people than you desired. It might even take some time for you to understand what you are trying to say. And even if no one ever hears what you have to say, your something can still impact you. Let it.

It is possible that your something might not get wider recognition until a later date. If that is the case, don't worry, you are in good company. Many people whose somethings that are influential today were not appreciated during their lifetime. Two such people were Vincent van Gogh and Anne Frank.

While he was living, Vincent van Gogh was a very unsuccessful artist. But he kept painting. He kept following his inspiration and creating new things. Anne Frank was just another young Jewish girl. But the experiences chronicled in her diary describe the weight of the Holocaust on a personal level. Her story speaks for many others, and she never knew how important her words be.

I studied abroad in Amsterdam for a month a little over a year ago, and I got to visit the Van Gogh museum and the Anne Frank House. In the museum I saw numerous paintings, but I also learned more about the life of Vincent van Gogh. I read how his interest in painting grew. I understood more of the difficulties he faced throughout his life.

At the Anne Frank house, I solemnly walked through rooms I had only seen depicted in movies and books. The story of Anne and those with her that I knew so well felt more real than ever before. I am so thankful to have gotten to learn more about these two individuals and how they persisted in the midst of dire circumstances.

Today, both Anne Frank and Vincent van Gogh are widely regarded. Perhaps a reason why these individuals are so admirable is that they did extraordinary things without external praise.

There are many things to learn from people like Anne Frank and Vincent van Gogh. Perhaps one such thing we can apply from their lives is the confidence to share what is inside of us. Their stories do not promise happiness nor happy endings. Nor do they guarantee that we will be recognized in the manner we wish at the time we wish.

So while a lot of people are doing what you are, not everyone is. There is room for you to share what you have to offer. And where it doesn't seem like there is room, carve out your own space.

Trust that your something is of value, and share it.

Published by Michael Ryan