“This writing goes out to all my average kids out there.
Let me tell you about watching Naruto in the third grade, trying to perform Katon: Gōkakyū no Jutsu, or watching Bleach and taking my dad’s cane to scream, ‘BANKAI’ with Ichigo. Solving mysteries like L from Death Note made me feel like a genius, and pretending that I could twist serve like Ryoma from Prince of Tennis made me feel like a protégé.
I wanted to be extraordinary, just like them. I wanted to be the main character in his own story, where only the most epic events happened to him–the kind of guy that girls would fall in love with after heroically jumping in front of a truck to save a puppy.
Okay, even as a kid, I knew I wouldn’t suddenly be able to breathe fire or be transported to another world to gain power (a kid could only dream), but I knew I wanted to be extraordinary.
But how could I be extraordinary in the real world?
Would I have to get a PhD and receive the Nobel Prize? Would I have to be a catalyst for change, and lead a March on Washington while giving an impactful speech? Would I have to cure cancer? Join the billionaires’ club? Get on the Bronze Tablet?
I mean, if I did any of that, I would be–but being extraordinary is much simpler than that. My peers are just as extraordinary, if not more.
I know those who pull all nighters to obtain the best grades they can.
Those who tutor underprivileged kids.
Those who organize conferences to bring cultural and social awareness.
Those who take charge of the growth of an organization.
Those who have gone on mission trips to help the less fortunate.
Those who have advocated for the awareness of mental illnesses.
Those who push for gender equality.
Those who fight for latin(x) rights.
Those who partake in research that aids in the advancement of medicine and technology.
There are more worth mentioning, but I am not the best at putting them into words. Talking to my peers who have done all these great things, I learned that they all have two things in common:
1. They did it because they liked it.
2. They worked hard for it.
Being extraordinary is quite simple. Don’t worry if your resume isn’t filled with experiences like your friends–it will come in due time as you try. Don’t believe for a second that you’re not as good as that person you’re comparing yourself to. If you’re already doing something you love, and pushing yourself to try your hardest to accomplish it, you’re already being extraordinary.
Sure, we may never be able to muster our ki to go super saiyan, but we can always try–and that in itself is extraordinary.”