Uniqueness – Everybody, Everything, Anything

Adjective: 1. existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics. 2. having no like or equal; unparalleled; incomparable.

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Stood on Queen Square, admiring the brown autumn leaves on the ground. While I’m looking around I see that one tree amongst all the others surrounding the square being the last one still with all it’s green leaves. This made me think about how everyone has a unique factor about them; even trees do. It’s autumn and all the leaves are a bright, fresh green colour clinging onto the branches without a sweat. Everyone or anything is unique whether it’s unique by colour, shape, size, piercings/tattoos (relating to people), how they or things are treated or how they or things are looked at. I feel the best way to describe uniqueness is imagine that we are all snowflakes. You will never be able to find two snowflakes that look the same whether it’s size, shape, the way they fall, the way they land or how quickly they melt.

But why do people always ask ‘what makes you unique?’ in an interview or people saying ‘they want to be different and unique from everyone else’. I find that people don’t realise they are unique before they even starting changing their appearance, their attitude or who they make friends with. You are unique from the day you are born and that can be scientifically proven as everyone’s spiral of DNA and fingerprints are different to any other person. If you put science to one side everyone has their own potential such as gifts and talents which contributes towards that person’s uniqueness to the world.

Why do you think there was only one:

  • Michelangelo Buonarroti (greatest artist of the Italian Renaissance);
  • Mahatma Gandhi (preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world);
  • Michael Schumacher (seven-time Formula One World Champion, one of the greatest Formula One driver of all time);
  • Margaret Thatcher (Only longest-serving woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom).

Everyone above is unique because they are made up of all their own potential and this is why there’s only going to be one of you or one of anything for that matter. Yes, now you’re saying but all trees have a trunk, all humans have hands, feet, eyes or all cars have exhausts. But if you think about it in depth not all of that is true.

Potential is like a paradox because we are part of a human family but we are unique within that family through the various different dreams we have, different jobs we have, various backgrounds we have or upbringing. If you think through all the talents you have whether it’s singing, solving algebra equations, knowing which way is north by looking around you or even solving a rubix cube which is your best? Once you’ve picked the talent that you love and you excel yourself in; imagine you’re in a room with 99 other people and they can’t carry out that talent/skill as good as you that talent that you have puts you in the top 1% of the population! Now that’s unique!

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