28 Nov

In any given guide to writing, you are sure to find something about starting off with an interesting sentence.

The problem with that bit of advice is that what is interesting to one person is by no means interesting to someone else. I could start every one of my essays for college with a sentence about interesting parallels in the Marvel comics Civil War storyline and I would be hooked, but chances are my professor would be less than impressed.

Every Fanboy and girl knows very well: no one is required to be interested in what you are interested in.

What is to you

will at some point be  to another.

It’s something one learns to live with, as one learns to live with, shall we say, uncomfortable relatives at Thanskgiving (just to throw it out there). You accept it because it’s real, but darned if you’re not going to at least try to change your circumstances to make it easier for you. It’s understandable. Who wouldn’t do it?

Whether it’s placing those unfamiliar extended family members at the extra dinner table or forcibly making a friend watch a Sherlock marathon (because they’ll thank you later), it does happen, even if it doesn’t always work.

What you love and what you do can define who you are, but if everyone had those things in common, the world would be a disturbingly boring place to be. There’s a reason everyone is different, and that is because we all have a unique place and purpose, and no two of the 7 billion of us are interchangeable.

That’s why the thought of someone not thinking they are worth anything, or believing that they don’t matter, is, and should be, heartbreaking. There is every possible variant of diversity among humanity, but not a single one of us is inconsequential. That’s the one thing we can all say we have in common – our importance.

One of my favorite quotes on this topic, one that says it way better than I can, is from Asa Butterfield’s title character in Hugo,

“I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason.

And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”

You’re not an extra part. You are an enchantingly beautiful, incalculably valuable human being with an important purpose, and you are surrounded by people who have their very own brand of those things as well. Every person with a different type of beauty has a beauty all the same.

And of course, none of us are perfect, but our flaws alone do not define us, and we must not let them. They may contribute to who we are, but they do not change the fact that who we are is loved, cherished, and utterly priceless.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

And that’s something to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving, and God bless!


9 Responses to “Priceless”

  1. Wendy November 28, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Dear, you’ve just made my day a whole load better 🙂

    • Emory November 28, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      Aw, darling, I’m so pleased! 😀 Have the happiest of Thanksgivings!

  2. Kire November 28, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    That is a wonderful post, love! It spoke to me big time. 🙂 Thank you for existing!

    • Emory November 28, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      Thank YOU, gorgeous! I don’t deserve you, but I’m still really glad that you exist as well. Good job existing! 😀

      • Kire November 30, 2013 at 10:34 am #

        You are so wonderful.

  3. HBubbles November 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Thank you so much, love. Just what I needed to hear. ❤

    • Emory November 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      Aw, I’m so glad, darling!

  4. Wasp November 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    You are a genius. I love this so much!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!! ❤

    • Emory November 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      I love YOU so there.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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