Given

The brain is a very powerful organ.

There are some talents or gifts that I wish I had. I wish I had strong pipes so I could belt out songs without having my voice crack when I hit the highest notes or have the lung capacity to hold the tunes. I understand that I can work on being better and take voice lessons, but let’s be honest. The greatest voices of our time were born with it.

Another thing that I wish I was born with was athletic talent in some sport. I think it would be amazing to be a killer basketball player, soccer player, figure skater, gymnast, dancer, or something along those lines. However, I was born with terrible knees, bad back, and sleep apnea. (I honestly don’t know if that would get in the way of being an athlete…)

I have often thought this while watching and awing at people’s amazing abilities. But here is the thing: I can’t live my life wishing for things that I don’t have. I do workout and am in great shape, but I don’t have the natural talent to take me to the next level. I can sing okay, but the raw talents isn’t there and that’s okay.

It is important to remember that you have things that other people don’t and probably wish they did. Based on this, the different lives people live vary and are tailored to them. There isn’t a blue print for life. We have the gift of agency to choose what we want to make of ourselves.

I have accepted that I will never win a college basketball game with my team or be center stage singing my number one hit. But I have learned to appreciate those who can. I am grateful that they are willing to share their talents and gifts with me so that I might enjoy them.

It can be difficult to pinpoint what you are gifted with, but everyone has something. I think that is why I think it is important to try new things so you can see where yours are. I didn’t learn that I was good at writing until I took a creative writing class. Thus, here I am writing to you about my thoughts and musings.

The point that I am trying to make is that having mental illness means that your brain tries to convince you that you aren’t good at anything; that you are worthless, insignificant, and good for nothing. At times the feelings and thoughts are so overwhelming and loud that it is impossible to ignore. Everything in your life feels tainted with hopelessness.

The brain is a very powerful organ. It commands everything and keeps track of your daily life. It files away observations, thoughts, emotions, comments others make, learned material, reminders, etc. But it is not always right. If anything, if you find yourself thinking negatively, your brain is having a bad day and it has nothing to do with you or your life. It is detached and betrays you. When you get sick, your body wasn’t strong enough to fight off the bug and is a sign that something is wrong.

The same thing applies to your brain. If you find yourself picking on yourself, thinking negatively, feel depressed or anxious remember it is a real physical condition that requires care just as much as a cold or the flu.

Your brain can have a way of comparing your weaknesses to other people’s strengths. I don’t care where you come from or what you believe in, but that is an automatic “you lose”. Sometimes we even compare our strengths to other people’s weaknesses to help ourselves feel better. That is just as bad for us.

We are all given something special that we have a lifetime to discover. I know that there are things that I have been gifted with that I haven’t discovered yet. I have friends that have a spectrum of gifts and talents that I can appreciate because it is what makes them who they are and the people I love.

I am grateful that we are all different. I am grateful that there are things I am terrible at as it humbles me and encourages me to work on improving myself. I am grateful that I can benefit from what other people have to add to my life. (Not benefit as in a “I am using you” kind of way, but a helpful way.)

The most important lesson to keep in mind is that it is okay to be you. Just the way you are and with what have been given. It is what makes you special to those who love you and it is what you can give to the world.


Be grateful for what you were given! Have a great day! Thank you for clapping!