The Thirty Days of Me project is explained here. The challenge for day twenty-two: What makes you different from everyone else?
Well, first of all, we're all different - and thank goodness for that.
When I thought I had it all figured out, I thought people who didn't were immature, or non-committal or selfish. I thought that because my life was in a certain order, I was done learning and growing - and that was just where my life was going to be. I thought there was a schedule, and wherever I was at a certain point - that was it.
Then I woke up from that dream and realized that I am, in fact, not always right. In fact - more often, I am not right. I have a lot to learn; a lot of growing to do; a lot of changes to make. It doesn't mean I don't have anything to offer - because I do. It just means that I can gain as much from my experiences and relationships and life as I can give.
I learned that the only constant is change. Life is always evolving, and the truly smart, together people know to change and evolve right along. I found that I can learn from anyone, and I found that what I thought was confidence was really just buried low self-esteem.
I'm not sure if that realization makes me different from everyone else. I'm sure it makes me different from some people - from those who do think they have it all figured out, and they always know best, and they have nothing left to learn. But I figure, eventually, it's a lesson we all learn. Some just figure it out sooner than others.
But different or not, my experiences - good and bad - are what make me, me.
What makes you different?