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Individuality & You


By Kevin Sheehan, Special Columnist

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Regardless of weekly content, this column is designed to help others expand their way of thinking and promote creativity, empathy, and thought in general.


Who are you? What makes you different? What makes you stand out from a crowd? Have you created something? Did you improve something? What kind of mark will you leave on society?

We live in a society where everything seems so counterfeit now. We do not buy music anymore, we buy the right to listen to it or stream it. The same could be said for video games and books. Entire businesses can succeed or fail based off the stock market, and perceived value changes daily. With so many services and things available if you have “credit”, it is important to remember what really matters.

Autonomy and the freedom of expression, the ability to create something, and experience. What do you contribute? Facebook seems to be a constant cycle of memes, political posts, cat videos, and puns that are circling the drain to make way for the next wave of the same refuse. It seems to be a trend, and most people notice it. But what do we contribute?

I do have to say, I love social media as much as the next person, because it gives me a false sense of connection with everyone who I may not get to spend time with in real life (and I also use it to share my articles with people). But a camera phone will never capture the feeling of the floor shaking at a concert. A camera phone will never capture the energy in a stadium as someone scores a goal in the World Cup. A camera phone will never capture the way a parent feels as they video record their child taking their first steps. And no matter how many likes, hearts, or cry emojis, nothing will ever comfort someone grieving more than an actual hug would.

If we live life behind a phone, we only see what is in the frame. We can miss so many more moments, and perhaps things we were looking for, if we don’t look around. We can’t live vicariously through someone else or our phones and maintain our own individuality and purpose.

Make a goal. Do something that you have always wanted to. Create something for someone else to enjoy. Take up woodworking and make a chart for a friend. Write a piece of music for someone else. Write a poem. Paint a picture. Create something tangible, something real that you can hold and say “I made this.”

We all too often have dreams of grandeur while working and planning for adequacy, and only a select few either have the means or the fortune to surpass their own expectations. Maybe we can’t change the world for everyone, but we can change the world for those around us. This is nothing I haven’t said before, but the point is we can change the world in a way that only we as individuals can change it.

Just go. Put this down and go make something. Let me know what you make at Kevin.scinthenews@gmail.com

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