The Splender of Individuality

            One day, something extraordinary occurred that in very significant ways, affected every other event of my life since; the fact is, I was born. This had never happened to me before, it has not happened since, and I highly doubt it will ever happen again in the course of history.  For the longest time, I took it for granted. I only knew of my own existence and was vaguely aware of the existence of those around me. But as I grew in body, soul, and mind, I came to a startling realization. I realized the basis for my uniqueness as being the very fact that my birth was not only a once-in-a-lifetime event, but a once-in-eternity event. This is very difficult to wrap one’s brain around when considering that there are eight billion people who currently reside on this planet and not one of them is identical to me. Then think about the countless billions and trillions of people who have ever lived in the past, add that to those who have not yet been born, as well as the stillborn and aborted babies through history past and future. We see that the chances of my own existence coming into being form a mathematical impossibility. My birth to occur exactly the way it happened to this same individual is an unrepeatable event.

             Except perhaps for conception, being born was not just unrepeatable, but also the first significant event of my life and I learned a great deal from it. You see, previously I had not a care to worry about. There I was: safe and cozy in my own little world. I was sure I was vastly more important than anything else because I was a supreme being and the only person in the universe. Suddenly, against my will, I was thrown into a big chaotic world filled with flashing lights and giants on whom my comfort depended. I was helpless. I experienced new things which were most unpleasant such as hunger, thirst, and drastic temperatures. Without a doubt, I was doomed to a life of misery as there was no way anything good could possibly come from this change. That is where the learning came in. It turned out that something good did arise from the experience. In fact, it was the best thing that ever happened to me! Despite the unpleasant experiences, the world I now lived in provided enjoyment like none I ever felt before I left the comfort zone of the womb. Some of these included the arm that cradled me as I slept, the taste of food once I was old enough, and the learning of new skills which provided me the freedom to run and play. Yes, play; it for sure made all the discomfort worth it! Over time, that principle proved true in many other circumstances. I learned that leaving comfort zones most often yields higher joys than it does sorrows.

            In the end, it came down to a decision to no longer take my birth for granted, but to see the miraculous in the mundane. If I cannot be in awe at my own existence, the potential for greatness gets abandoned.  Everybody is unique, but nothing sublimely special ever came from individuality itself any more than an exemplary piece of music came from the instrument alone.


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