Are we created equal? There is probably no uniform answer for that question. On the one hand, we come to this world with a wide range of genetic characteristics, such as appearance, physical predispositions or even innate character features. We also grow up in extremely varied cultures and conditions, considering society, religion or financial situation. On the other hand, all of these factors may are actually only an integument, while we are actually all the same inside.
Personally, I like to think about it terms of the law of energy of conservation – energy can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it transforms from one form to another. According to it, people (and other organisms) are only various forms of the same energy (which also applies to the ecological energy flow pattern, but I am not going to discuss that issue now).
Why am writing all that? Because out society have developed a pattern – or even a whole culture, I daresay – of an immense self-doubt and ‘not enoughness’.
Nowadays, it is not only acceptable to feel unworthy and unsuccessful, but often even perceived as conceitedness if someone thinks differently.
We instinctively link low self-esteem with humbleness and, hence, virtuousness, which completely distorts our perception of reality, making us unhappy. We think that we are worse than others – less intelligent, less talented, less creative – which brings us back to the issue of equality. Remembering the aforementioned concept of the same energy flowing in each of us, we can go further and state that we all have potential. Why? Because potential, defined as having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future, is directly connected with energy. In order to develop, every organism needs energy – whether it is a human, an elephant or a daffodil. Moreover, it works also the other way around – if an organism possesses energy, it also has a potential. Now arises the question – how to actually make use of it?
If it is true that we all have potential, then why some people are extremely successful and fulfilled, while others constantly struggle in their lives? The main difference is in being conscious of their power and the way they manage their energy.
Successful people know the difference between humbleness and self-pity, which enables them to actually acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses, being free of judgement at the same time.
Next step is to choose the aspect you wish to put this power into. This is the moment when diversity among us comes into light, with our interests, predispositions and abilities. Think of your passions and talents, as well as activities you gave up or the ones that you always wanted to do but never even started. Think of all of the things you dreamt of doing, but which never came a reality. It may happen that you haven’t found your true potential yet – and that is great, too. It is the perfect time for reflection and self discovery. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself though. Believe that the right idea or opportunity will come you, and it will – probably sooner than you think.
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
– Wilma Rudolph
Now I would like to focus a little on the meaning of word potential. If we think of it as a adjective, it means as much as possible. There is a possibility for a person to develop themselves in a certain area, but it is not granted.
There are three things needed to transgress the border between possibility and reality: first acknowledgement (already mentioned above), then decision and, at the end, action.
Your potential is the energy which drives your actions. This brings me to the essential part of this essay, which is the fact, that you always have this propulsive energy in you. You may not be aware of it yet, it may also be suppressed by various factors, but it is always there. Which is why there always is a possibility for you to develop. All you need to do it are those three aspects mentioned above.
To sum up, I want to quote the words of Wilma Rudolph, an American track and field sprinter: Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us. They are a perfect conclusion and, at the same, a summary of the whole idea contained in this essay. They remind us that we are definitely not the same, yet we are all capable of achieving amazing things. I hope you will remember that next time you doubt in yourself.