Today’s #reverb10 prompt:
Beautifully different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.
Originally, I had thought that I would end up making the response to this prompt into a list of things, but it turns out I’ve already done that. More than once, as it happens. And, quite honestly, I don’t know what else to say. What makes me different? Well, actually…the answer is…very nearly nothing. There is likely not a single thing that is not shared by another person in the whole world. Rather than seeing this as a complete dismissal of today’s prompt, let’s think about this. What makes everyone different is never a single thing– it’s always the combination of personal characteristics, personality, and experience that makes up an individual. Yes, sure, we’re all special little snowflakes. But what I find more comforting? The fact that we all have so much in common. Most overwhelming to me is that, in at least one way, we all have at least one thing in common. This is not to say that I am about to sit around a campfire singing songs with everyone I meet (and far from it– I am a jerk! Just ask the internet), but I think this idea of shared humanity is much more intriguing to me than what makes me so beautifully different.
Do I know what it is that makes me different? Honestly, I can’t think of a single thing that, on its own, makes me so drastically different from the rest of the world. Wait, I know: my fancy new Cool Librarian Glasses. That counts, right?
Bonus: this prompt reminds me of a song that I love. You might like it, too.