You are nobody, and you make a difference.

This morning I was having a conversation with a friend,

He said that he hoped he “never grew up,” that he hoped he never stopped wanting to fix the world.

I responded that wanting to fix the world is a human endeavor. We both agreed that many people seem to give up,  become resigned to thinking that they don’t matter.

They think that change must be affected by the “somebody’s” of this world.

Well, they’re wrong.

Even “little” people,

even those considered “nobody,”

even those who decide that they don’t matter, and so settle into apathy,

affect the world.

Some people believe that we are all created/unique/destined to a life’s work by a personal god.

Some people believe we are indeed all special snowflakes.

I believe we are in a way, because no one else shares our experiences, perceptions, or  exact place within the universe.

We are beautifully unique while remaining mostly unknown.

Yet my belief about my contribution isn’t reliant on how special I am, or whether a god made me so.

I like to think of human society and more broadly  life in its entirety, like a massive spider web. We’re all points on crisscrossing strands.

Our individual choices, message, actions and even inaction send vibrations, like ripples on a pond, across the entirety of the web.

This can be good.

This can be very bad.

It’s our choice.

If a “nobody” can, with a single action spread terror and anguish,

then “nobody’s” can also spread love, caring, and acceptance.

Whether or not we get on the news for it is immaterial.

I’m nobody.

Are you nobody too????

“I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d banish us – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!”

-Emily Dickenson


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