You Have a Voice and Story, Too
I hope that one day you will be able to look back and see that the people you have been looking up to do not hold the golden standard for how to live a “successful” life. I hope you are able to be excited to receive their stories, their wisdom, and the beautiful things they share with the world while also being excited to receive what was meant for you. You were meant to create. You were not just made to consume. You have a voice and story, too.
Read their stories and listen to their music and watch their movies while also knowing: they may have shared more than you, or started working before you, but they are not worth more than you. Your story, your skills, and your presence have value all the same. And you do not have to impact the world the same way they have in order to know this is true. You may never reach the same people they reach or make a mark the way they have, but the way you choose to sow seeds love, kindness, faithfulness...these are the kind of things that last. And that matters more than any amount of fame, success, or accolades.
So keep being faithful. Keep being faithful to the garden that lies before you. Continue to water these plants one day at a time. Forget about how fast they are growing, and just focus on trusting that every drop of water you pour onto these anticipating plants brings life. You have the power to bring life, no matter how small or insignificant you feel.
I hope that you can learn to trust that there is lasting significant to the seeds you have sown. Your life might not look like the ones who inspired you, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We are all human beings, traveling together, but the way we travel will look differently. You have a way of noticing things that I will never notice. You have lived through things that only you can tell the story of.
Continue to be inspired by others while never letting their stories become so great in your mind that they cast a shadow over your own. Light is shining through your story all the same. Even in the in betweens. Even when you feel like you are so far from where you want to be. Even here, your story matters. Other people are worth being appreciated and so are you.