I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes each of us special. I’ll start with the Why.
I…could not tell you what makes me special. I can tell you what I feel makes me weird. I can tell you what I feel makes me annoying…too much…not enough…all the other things that I tell myself on a daily basis. But, special? Nah. Heck, a few years ago I had to write a paper for school about what makes me special…I asked my boyfriend at the time and his response was, “Honestly? Nothing. You’re not special.” Oh…ok….
BUT I HAVE THESE FRIENDS who, for some reason, see something special in me. No matter how much I say, “Hey, I’ll understand if you go away…” or “Seriously, no one is cute enough to make up for THIS personality…”…they just laugh and say they’re not going anywhere. They see SOMETHING special in me.
(Or I’m just a trainwreck they can’t look away from. #TomatoNobodySaysTomahto 🤷♀️)
So, that’s the why. But it got me thinking…what do other people think makes THEM special? Guess what…
Most people cracked a joke or said nothing made them special.
And every one of them was wrong.
Every person in my life is special. Not just to me, but…there is something TRULY special about them. Their loyalty…their selflessness…their intellect…their humor…their strength…
Every single person that I love, I can tell them EXACTLY what I see that makes them special.
But somewhere along the way they were convinced that they aren’t special. That what makes them different makes them weird.
So I will always remind them.
And, I bet if you look around, your loved ones have forgotten what makes them special, too. So I’m challenging all of you to make sure you point these things out every chance you get.
Because it’s a lot easier for people to understand why you love them enough to stick around when they understand why you’d want to.