Monday, May 6, 2013
I recently had the honor of getting to help out with a Miracle League Baseball game. Prior to this year, I hadn't realized what an amazing experience I was missing out on. For those of you who are not familiar, the Miracle League is a baseball program for Special Needs individuals of various ages.
One of the most refreshing aspects of this is getting to watch these kids and adults play baseball with a complete and total lack of self consciousness. They dance, they sing, they stop and give hugs to everyone as they round the bases. They have fun and are completely uninhibited by the prison of self image in which so many of us dwell.
In our culture where there is such a huge emphasis on being a stand out individual, we stumble all over each other trying to be unique in the way we dress, talk, and act, mainly the way we present our external self. We glorify individualism on television which is much more about finding a creative way to present yourself rather than to just be yourself. Yet as I stood and watched these wonderful kids play, I couldn't help but notice how amazingly diverse they all were. Each had their own unique and different personality, unsculpted by the pressures of pop-culture. Strangely, they were all so different not because they were trying to be but because they just embraced who they truly are. We can all learn from this. If we want to be unique and stand out from the crowd the easiest way is to discover the true person within us all, because that's someone who is one of a kind!