Society is constantly telling you how you should be. Be nice, be happy, be smart, be clean, be on time. Some people want you to be different; others encourage you to be the same as everyone else. We should be productive and never be lazy. We all want to be interesting and to be fun. A boy scout is expected to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, brave, and so on. Even the army tells you to “be all that you can be.”
These expectations aren’t necessarily bad, to the extent they help us to strive to keep improving, they can be a good thing. The danger is that this word “be” is at the very heart of who we are. When we are told how to be, our very being is therefore challenged–as if we are not good enough. This tends to wear away at our self worth until we don’t feel that we will ever be good enough.
My message to you today is: you are a being with infinite worth–no matter what you choose to be or not be at any moment in time. Out of 7 billion people in the world, you are ONE of a kind. No one else has the combination of thoughts, physical attributes, creative ideas, and abilities that is uniquely you. Your very life and being is a result of chemical, spiritual, electrical, and biological processes which are nothing short of miraculous. Your mind is capable of storing, sorting, instantly recalling, and evaluating billions of bits of information–more than any computer on the planet. You can train your body and your mind to synchronize perfectly in order to perform amazing feats, anything from climbing a mountain, to playing the piano, to sending a text message, or painting a masterpiece. You can reason and dream and create new ideas. In short, your value is immeasurable.
With this in mind, please don’t ever let the daily grind and endless expectations of life make you feel depressed or worthless. Take time every day to celebrate you. Set aside expectations or conditions and simply revel in the joy of your existence–just be.