Kids these days grow up learning that they are special, extraordinary- that there is no limit to what they can do or who they can become.
According to the book The Narcissism Epidemic, society is suffering the consequences. Gen Ys and beyond are notorious for being out for themselves, lacking commitment, and being narcissistic. They are so important and special in their own eyes that they feel the need to tell the whole world the intimate details of every moment of their lives on Facebook and Twitter.
The truth is that most of us are really only just average- that’s what average means, applying to the majority. If everyone is extraordinary then extraordinary is simply the new average.
What I want to know is what’s wrong with being average anyway? You got two hands and two legs, that’s all you need. Now use ’em!
The key isn’t in being extraordinary, it’s in doing extraordinary things even though you are just some average person.
Kids shouldn’t be taught how unique they are, rather that they are no more or less special than anyone else. They, like everyone else on the planet, have limitations and flaws. The beauty is that they don’t have to be special- they merely need to dive in and immerse themselves fully in the ride of their lives. And somehow in the process they’ll forget to even bother about whether or not they’re special.
Mr. Greenwood choked on a chicken bone last spring. Ambulance had to be called and everything. He could have died. But he didn’t. Another chance at life. Make the most of it, Mr. Greenwood. But he just kept status quo.
Around the same time Sarafina cut her leg wide open, bled out of her femoral artery. The medics got to her in time. She walks with a limp now, but it doesn’t bother her. She decided not to waste her second chance so sold her condo, car and time share in Mexico, cashed in her RRSPs and moved to a town in Costa Rica. A small resort there gives her room and board in exchange for cooking and cleanings. She loves it. Mornings and evenings are very busy, but mid-day and late nights she sits at the beach or spends time with the Indigenous women in the village a short distance away.
Every year Mr. and Mrs. Greenwood go to that small resort in Costa Rica to spend a week of vacation time. They have never met Sarafina as they don’t bother talking with the help. This year, however, there will be plenty of interaction.
The Greenwoods arrive on a particularly hot Sunday afternoon. Eduardo has picked them up and taken them to the resort. Sarafina is just coming back from the village…
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