We live in a world of excessive everything today.
You want information, there’s a truckload of it.
You want activities, there are of them than you can do in a lifetime.
We want to tell ourselves that we can do everything we ever wanted to.
Sadly, that’s as true as it isn’t true.
We can most certainly try to do everything we want to do, and achieve them, but only within realistic constraints.
The constraints I’m talking about here aren’t depressing things like structures of the society we have created.
I’m talking about a constraint that nothing can change, except for maybe magic.
If you wanted to watch every single YouTube video ever uploaded to the damn site, provided that people stopped uploading videos now, you probably need to live several lifetimes or become immortal.
There simply isn’t enough time.
There is too much of everything that we simply cannot literally do, everything.
So yes, we may want to do and join everything we see, and then you step back and see ALL of it in all its glory and feel utterly overwhelmed, because time is limited and so are our human energies.
It’s easier now than ever to feel small and insignificant, and while one some days that’s a good thing, on others that’s bad.
We of course, don’t feel like doing anything when we feel small and insignificant.
Everyone wants to be at the centre of the largest most happening thing (provided you have the energy at that given moment).
But you really are put in the middle of the storm, you are simply overwhelmed by it all that either you realize you’re too small to be able to make much a difference in it or there’s no way you can do it, not even with a few friends.
Things are so connected these days that even the smallest of tasks can be blown up into many times its size.
For example, you want to buy a new pen.
It’s a small, simple, basic task.
Buy a damn pen.
Then you open up the internet, and there are Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, Rakuten and god knows a million other websites out there with literally millions of pens for you to buy.
Buying a single PEN can be an overwhelming experience, much less everything else in your life.
If you’re a student and you wanted to start/join a debate event, a quick Google will put you off doing ANY of it.
For starters, there are so many debating events to join, where does one start? Where is one suited for you?
The greater the choices, the greater the conditions….suddenly every event gets so specific that you aren’t suited for any of them anymore.
If there are a million other bakeries in the world, and you want to start another one…by the time you find your TRULY unique niche, the world has either ended or someone bombed the rest of the bakeries in the world.
Basically, whenever someone wants to do something today, they are quickly reminded, IN THEIR FACE that there are at least easily, hundreds and thousands of similar things out there.
Which brings us to the ‘what’s the point?’ bit of the piece.
We obviously do things for a reason, but if someone takes that reason from you…there are days where passion to want to do something isn’t enough.
Purpose is important, and in the world where everything is excessive, purpose is something lost easily.
So here’s me telling you that being small and insignificant is important.
That having the same idea as other people is important.
That making the grand impact of ONE is important.
Because these things aren’t a competition.
Every single human on this damn planet is a unique individual.
To truly satisfy the tastebud of every human on the plant, means you’ll need to have the exact number of cafe as there are people.
But we can damn well try.
Whatever it is you do or make may not be unique, it may be small and insignificant.
But small and insignificant usually means it impacts one or two people.
Now, lets think in reverse.
YOU are one of those one or two people.
How many times have we thought, when a shop we really liked closed down that even if you were the ONLY customer it had, that it stayed open, for you. Because that shop is important to YOU.
YOU are a big deal, to yourself at least.
You want other people to make a big deal about you.
If several other million people out there get made a big deal while you’re being fussed over too, that’s nice.
But you’re first and foremost most concerned about yourself and your immediate surroundings (not in a selfish way, but our awareness of the world spreads inside out).
Being small and insignificant means you’re catering to a few people, and to those few people, you MATTER.
We value human life so much, we say that humans house a galaxy within ourselves..
In that case mattering only to a few people is already mattering a lot.
If whatever it is that you wants to do one day grows to just somehow affect a lot of people, that happens naturally, it isn’t something you have any control over.
We can’t all stand in the centre of a great big storm.
Because no matter how big a storm is, there will be patches of the earth missed, and there needs to be people standing there, with a small watering can, watering these damn patches.
Being small, matters.
It really is easy, that when you want to do something, the choices intimidate you, not just because they are overwhelming, but because, you will be pressured to feel that ‘there are already so many choices, why aren’t there one i think is for me!?’.
When that happens, don’t be afraid to shut the world out for a minute and ignore all these other things.
Yes you may feel like you’re not being connected, not being worldly, that you’re being and ostrich.
But reality is, there IS too much out there in the world to process, so if you can’t there is nothing wrong with filtering things out, or just blocking the world out and then doing your own thing.
The obsession with scale is nice, it really is, and staying connected is great.
But those aren’t things you can deal with EVERYDAY.
We all need to start somewhere, somewhere small.
We all need to live everyday, and not just that ONE SPECIAL DAY.
So take it one step at a time.
Go do you your own small little thing.
If someone tries to make a comparison out of you, shut them out.
The only thing you should ever be comparing yourself to, is the you from yesterday.