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Well, Isn’t That Special?

1funny183We like to believe we’re all special in some way. But are we?

Everything is special now. Special friends, special medications, special trips, special toys, special events, TV specials, those with disabilities now have special needs, and you can go to almost any restaurant and have the specials. Well, is that special?

Extraordinary, exceptional, unique, particular, distinctive, unusual, elite, individual, exclusive…but what does special really mean?

Barney the dinosaur told us that everyone is special in his or her own way. Mr Rogers always told we’re all special, and that just by being a human being that makes us very, very fancy, er, whatever that means.

People sometimes feel that their life isn’t special, that they’re don’t do enough, that they aren’t special enough.
They think that if they’re bored, or feel empty, or feel stressed, they need to add something to themselves or their lives to make it special or awesome. Let’s try some math here, yes, adding things makes things bigger, but does that necessarily mean better?
Maybe we need to appreciate what we already have. Instead of adding, perhaps we should enjoy what we have or even remove things.
Sometimes less is better.

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I didn’t hurry to watch The Lego Movie because I figured it would be a giant ad for Lego, you know, just one loooong product placement. It was, but it was something else. It was even funnier than I thought thanks to great lines delivered by a gobsmacking cast: Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Nick Offerman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Will Forte, etc.There was also plenty of nostalgia and some great messages about the importance of being yourself, even if that’s really different. I was more than pleasantly surprised.

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How do we know if being ourselves is good enough?
Society is a huge throbbing litany of endless ads, celebrities, commercials telling you that you need to: buy more, do more, have more, work more, drive more, go out more, eat more, talk more, exercise more, shop more, watch more, text more, post more, tweet more…you need to be more, which, to me, just screams that you’re not enough.
Enough! Enough? What would enough even look like? To be enough? To have enough? Look around, how would we even know?
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What should we believe? Is something true just because someone told us it is? Just because it was on a billboard? On your phone? On a runway? In an ad? On a commercial? Posted on social media? On the news? On TV, in a movie, in a book? Is it true just because it rhymes…because it’s catchy…or popular…or gone viral?

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Lego is cool (not the word I’ve used when I stepped on a piece of it, in my bare feet) because it all fits together, it all works, not just when you follow the instructions, not how someone wants you to, but any way your mind can imagine.

You don’t have to follow the crowd or instructions to create something magical, something unique, something special.

Because there is something about you…you just need to believe in it.

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77 thoughts on “Well, Isn’t That Special?

    1. Thank you so much, Teagan. 🙂
      I knew the cast was good, but I was also being a tad shallow since I couldn’t see Chris Pratt lol 😉
      Hope this week is a good one, really good, as good as you. 🙂

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  1. Never remove David Tenant from anything. He really is THAT awesome. 🙂 I feel your pain. No one feels good enough because “enough” has ceased to exist. I’m not sure where all of this striving is leading us as a society. It certainly hasn’t made us safer, happier, more satisfied or less exhausted! Good points and a lot to think about. Thanks

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    1. He really, really is, I wish he was still The Doctor.
      I really wonder if anything will ever be enough or if we already have more than enough and just don’t seem to always realize it. 🙂
      Hope your week is a wonderful one, Anita, thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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  2. Oh how I miss David Tenant, he will always be my Doctor 😉 and the Church Lady, talk about a flashback. Kinda needed that little giggle tonight. I think it’s a vicious cycle, the more people get, the more they want and they think it will make them feel special. Great post, and now I want to see the Lego Movie 🙂

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    1. He’s great in everything, but he was fantastic in DW.
      Yes, I was in an SNL mood, the good ol’days of SNL. 🙂
      Glad I could give you a giggle. 🙂
      I wonder what will break the cycle and even things out.
      It was so much funnier than I expected. 🙂

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      1. I noticed on Netflix there was another tv series he was in, it’s escaping my mind at the moment, cross something I think. Anywho I was debating of giving it a look, but keep forgetting.
        Sometimes a little SNL Nostalgia is a good thing and definitely worth the giggle. 🙂

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      2. Have you seen David Tennant in Broadchurch and the American version, Gracepoint – yes, he’s so amazing, he’s in both. 🙂
        I’m trying to see everything he’s been in, it’s tough, he’s a busy one. 🙂
        I love SNL, especially the classics. 🙂

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    1. Tom Baker will always be my fav doctor, but David Tennant runs along side; then Matt Smith, Jon Pertwee, I actually liked Christopher Eccleston and Peter Davison as well. Peter Capaldi is great, but the writing this season was disappointing. Now I think I’ve said enough. lol 😉

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      1. LOL. 😀 I’d like to add Peter Davison to my least, and Jon Pertwee the flamboyant. And I now have added my youngest son and grandson to the list of Dr. Who followers. However, I think my wife and other children are holding out until they to succumb to my hypnotic suggestions, which at the moment looks like it may take decades.

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      2. My son loves it too, Jon Pertwee is his favourite – Pertwee’s son, Sean Pertwee is a well-known actor as well, currently playing Alfred on ‘Gotham’.
        But we must keep trying to bring people into the wonder of Doctor Who; they just haven’t come round yet. 🙂 They’ll thank us later. 🙂

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  3. How did I not realize you hadn’t seen the movie? I think everyone needs to watch it, and not just because I am a huge kid really. One of my friends described it as The Matrix, only cheerier, which is pretty spot-on.

    I love how you built (ha ha) the post on the fact that EVERYONE is awesome 🙂 ❤

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    1. I know, now I realize what I missed, well, almost missed. 😉
      It is like The Matrix, but totally cheerier!
      Yes, I built (ha ha) it on the point that, in their own way, Everyone is awesome…
      I can’t wait for the next Lego movie. 🙂

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  4. I’ve said so before, but so very, very glad you found your way to me and left a trail for me to follow you back home! Enjoyed so very much my visit here today as I catch up on my reading! 🙂 Thanks for all the healing chuckles – you are so very special (in the good way!) 🙂

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    1. lol So kind of you to add…in a good way. 😉 You’re too funny. 🙂
      Yes, I’m glad I found you as well, hard to do in this giant virtual haystack, but sometimes you get lucky. 🙂
      Hope this day is treating you well. 🙂

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