Excellence in any endeavor is a beautiful thing. We are a nation built on the fundamentals of excellence. Striving to be #1 in whatever the pursuit is our unified mantra. After all, a parent doesn’t tell their child to go out there and be your average self. What kind of parental advice would that be?
We yearn for the biggest and best in every aspect of our lives, and are willing to work incredibly hard to reach our goals. Always pushing the infamous bar higher and higher. This drive is even more apparent in our current down-turned economy. Jobs are diminishing as we speak, and one has to be uber creative and competitive in order to get your foot in the proverbially door. Not to mention, the extremes one must go through to remain employed in today’s frenzied business climate. It can be exhausting.
It’s safe to assume that most of us will not win the lottery, and equally fair to assume we won’t be the next Billie Jean King or Michael Jordan. And that is nothing to be discouraged about. The key to true greatness is to continue moving towards our personal best and maybe, just maybe, we’ll learn to appreciate our unique journey. There is so much goodness to be found while striving for greatness. I would hate to think it could be missed because we’re on a quest to realize someone else’s vision of greatness.
Our culture is drunk on becoming great and promising the best of everything. It’s everywhere we turn. It makes me wonder what happened to simply being the best you can be. This may mean you won’t be #1. That translates into the real world as, you may not make straight A’s, you probably won’t win the Nobel Peace prize, your name won’t be in lights, you won’t be a highly successful published writer (couldn’t resist). But, you may learn acceptance along the way and to make peace with the fact that we are all winners because when you move from point A to point B you’ve already won – you tried. Please don’t misunderstand me, I am not promoting mediocrity. It’s important and healthy to strive for the best, but your best will look entirely different than mine and that of the rest of the world.
It’s in our DNA to be drawn to greatness. It can be all consuming and completely intoxicating. Let’s be honest, it’s easy to be attracted to the smartest person in the room, the most beautiful, the richest, or the funniest. But I will put my money on the underdog every single time. There aren’t a lot of smoke and mirrors and you get what you get.
Whenever I am engaged in pushing myself outside my comfort zone, my husband will inevitably ask me why I’m doing something. My reply is always, “I’m just a girl”. It’s sort of a joke between us meaning, I’m just here doing the best I can at whatever it is I’m doing at the moment-I’m just a girl.
Whatever your venture, pursue your version of your personal best and you will be great!
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