The one thing that you have that nobody else has is YOU — your mind, your voice, your story and your vision. Individuality is very important. Dr. Seuss emphasised this when he told us to:
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
This quote hit the nail on the head for me. The people in your life who matter will appreciate you and your ideas💡 and those who don’t, are not worth thinking about.
So who are you? What makes you, YOU? Why are you here?
Some of our greatest leaders have contemplated these questions and recognised the importance of protecting an individual’s ability to act freely. One that comes to mind immediately (as many references were made to him in a brilliant TV series I’m watching called The Good Place) is John Stuart Mill.
You might know Mill’s ethical system of Utilitarianism from The Good Place, or from his book “On Liberty”. In summary, Mill attempted to establish standards for the relationship between authority and liberty. He argued that all people should value what originality brings to our world 🌎✨. Mill believed that people become more valuable to themselves and others when they develop their individuality. Why did he think this? The simple answer is that Mill thought people might learn something from the nonconformists i.e. seeing people’s dissimilarities is critical to learning about one’s own weaknesses.
Just recently I was very moved by a bold and courageous decision of a strong woman. Her individuality was expressed through her refreshing candour. How many of us can say that we would stand up for our convictions, even to powerful authorities? I think the answer to this question would be not many of us. It’s these unique characteristics such as bravery that distinguish another person from others.
As I said, there is nobody else like you. You only have one life. What are you going to do with it?