I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone out there who doesn’t want to be recognized for what they do.
Perhaps there are those that stray from the spotlight, and perhaps there are those that prefer to avoid being the center of attention, but the idea of validation lies at the heart of all that we do. Yes, for some, validation stems more from intrapersonal conversations, and for others, it requires too much support from the external. For some, a healthy balance helps them to feel validated. But regardless, we all need to be seen, we all need to be heard, and we all need to feel important.
We all want to feel extraordinary, at least in our own respective ways. I use the term loosely, and perhaps what I mean is that we all want to have purpose.
We want to know that the years of compounded memories upon which we’ve built our lives have meant something.
We want to be able to look back and invest meaning in our successes and mistakes that embody our present and future.
We want to know those successes and mistakes are worth more than the gray matter they’ve created in our brains.
But perhaps the extent to which we are extraordinary doesn’t have to lie in the validation that comes from recognition; maybe we don’t need the recognition to be extraordinary. Perhaps it simply comes from being, moving, and adapting with our successes and shortcomings.
Instead of validation, it could be the courage to simply be ourselves–despite the constant push and pull of the world around us–that makes us truly extraordinary.