Is it Okay to be Average?

“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it’s very important you do it anyway.”

Okay Gandhi, how am I supposed to be okay with this quote? Am I expected to accept the fact all I do and say and write will likely evaporate the moment I am gone?

I hate reading those words because it reminds me if I died tomorrow, the world would keep turning. People in my life would adjust, correct, and move forward. That’s how humans survive.

Everything would be fine because I am average from head to toe.

BUT (and you knew there was going to be a “but”)— it’s important to address the difference between “average” and “insignificant.”

When I first read that Gandhi quote, I heard:

“You are insignificant, but keeping yourself busy is important.”

Which is wrong.

You are not insignificant. I am not insignificant. No person is insignificant. Even we average people have our place in the world.

Is what we do insignificant? I don’t know. Maybe. Probably.

But I’m starting to think you can make more of a difference in the world just being average. (Which is a shame because the Internet gurus look very poorly on “average” people.)

Average means you are human. There is no charade. There is no “personal brand” to keep up. It is simply you and everyone else and life. We are all trying to figure it out spinning in circles on this random rock 92 million miles away from a fireball which gives us life.

We may as well embrace it.

TB