More Than a Number
Have you ever felt like you are just one person amongst millions of other people? It’s hard to see ourselves as an individual and how we are significant when we we’re focused on how the odds are against us. This is even harder to do when we feel that we can’t measure up.
Yesterday I heard a speaker talk to the Boys & Girls Club about how he went to jail and what happened after his arrest. Growing up he was told that due to where he lived, his race, and his grades that he would statistically end up in jail. He believed what people told him, got involved with the wrong crowd and participated in armed robberies. By the age of nineteen he was in jail and was no longer a person but an inmate with a number.
The message of his story is that his mind was so focused on how the odds were against him and what people said about his future that he just went along with it. He accepted those messages and didn’t try to change things. Just like this speaker we let numbers, statistics, and odds define what we do and go after.
It’s hard sometimes to see ourselves and our abilities when we feel things are against us, but the numbers and statistics don’t determine what we can do. We can do extraordinary and impossible things as individuals that posses great talent, and that’s something that numbers can’t determine.