This is a message in two parts. Part one is positive. Part two is a call to arms.
We are all possessed of something special. We all have something that sets us apart. It's not necessarily physical, although some of us are athletic, or tall, or beautiful. It is not necessarily mental, even though some of us are intelligent or creative. It is not necessarily social, although some of us are funny, charming or charismatic. It may be all of these things or none. But we all have the ability to change the world.
At the lowest common denominator, life is made of impact ripples. One thing impacts another, which impacts another and more until we inexorably feel the impact, big or small in return. It's a greasy frictionless pool table with no pockets. And everyone -- EVERYONE -- is capable of setting something in motion. Everyone is special. Whether you impact one person or a thousand, you make an impact. And because of your existence, your direct or indirect impact, someone's life has been altered. We would all do well to keep this in mind when we question our place in the world.
I am not alone in thinking that I am not meant to be simply a cog in the great machine. I am not just a little part who keeps spinning until worn to nothing, then replaced and discarded. I am not alone in this.
We have the power, you, me, all of us, to remove ourselves from the machine, to become more than just parts. We have the ability to do it ourselves and/or with others. We have passions that will elevate us from the machine, even if we are not entirely sure what they are or how to properly use them.
I encourage you, writers, thinkers, creators, artists, athletes... step outside the machine. Let us create our own machine. Let us fulfill our destinies.