People think they know you. They know the things about you that you have forgotten. ―Mick Jagger
He never seemed to grasp the immense mutability of human nature, nor to appreciate that behind every nondescript face lay a wild and unique hinterland like his own. ―J.K. Rowling
There’re pieces of me you’ve never seen. ―Tori Amos
Have you ever looked at peas in a pod? I mean, really looked at them? There’s not a chance you’ll mistake one for another, after a minute’s close inspection. ―Neil Gaiman
Icebergs are enormous. They can span over a dozen miles wide, extend thousands of feet below sea level, and displace more than 9 billion tons of water. And while they may rise more than 500 feet from the ocean, this reveals only a fraction of their mass to the casual observer.
Underwater, where the bulk of these behemoths lie, only surface area is visible. Scientists dig deeper, drilling core samples to glimpse the depths, but even these are needles from a haystack. Most of every iceberg is unknown.
As are you. Sure, friends and family may know your face, recognize your mannerisms and proclivities, but these reflections of your inner workings are superficial. Hell, you can spend decades getting to know yourself. You are mostly unknown to others.
While people consist of the same basic stuff—flesh and blood, viscera and bone—even so-called identical twins aren’t exactly alike. Your unique configuration of atoms and experience creates a valuable blend of perceptions, thoughts, emotions, and abilities unlike any other.
And because you are mostly unknown, your singular insights and talents are often hidden. You must illuminate your gifts by sharing them. Reserve in this context is not modesty―you are sorely needed.
How might you live your life, knowing that you are one-of-a-kind and the world eagerly awaits your contributions?