Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Be remarkable

I have always been able to pick up on new things with relative ease, and when I put my mind to it I am pretty good at what I do, above average. But never remarkable. This is a trend in everything I do- soccer in highschool, I was pretty good, played varsity, knew my position well, but I wasnt remarkable. Track, I was the best triple jumper on the team with 40', but that wasnt even enough to get to states. Racquetball, I was great, it was rare that i found an opponent that could beat me, but every now and then i would meet one of those people who were remarkable, and they made me look like an amateur. Academics, I always breezed through my classes with little effort (well, except ochem) and always scored in the upper 5% on standardized tests, but look where that has gone, graduating with a mediocre GPA with a bio degree, really pretty unremarkable. I dont know if i have just not put in the effort it takes, but it seems that there has to be something out there at which I would be remarkable. Now that I am graduating and moving off into real life, it seems like I will never realize what that remarkable thing is and I am destined to live an unremarkable life. So find a way to be remarkable, and do it, and be remarkable, if only at that one thing. The world gains little to nothing if you are just above average, it is those who break world records, use their minds to create and improve the world around them, excelling in a manner that is unmatched by their peers, it is these people who are responsible for the betterment of mankind, who give us something to admire and to strive for, who give us a reason to be remarkable.

Edit: That last post was far more negative than I intended. I was just thinking about that while brushing my teeth one night and decided to put it up here. Just a thought. I am quite happy with my life, remarkability is perhaps too much to ask for, especially with my... efficient (haha) approach to life. Not everyone can be remarkable, by definition, if everyone were remarkable, it wouldnt be remarkable now would it. So be unremarkable, someones got to do it.

8 comments:

Becky said...

You have soooo long to be someone remarkable Keep striving, you will find something or even more than one thing. I think you are remarkable!!

Link said...

I think your ass is remarkable!!

Alan said...

brendon i swear, must we always think about the exact same things, honestly

i told u it happens more than u think

maybe tho, we are remarkable in our satisfactory level with a "unremarkable" life

ur a great bro, bro!

BLRownsU said...

Well, you have to say that mom. And zack, you have a pretty fine behind too, thanks. And Alan, I havnt totally given up hope of remarkability, you shouldnt even be close, but it is certainly possible to be satisfied no matter how remarkable you are, I mean, look at Herb. oooooh snap. You are a good bro too bro.

Alan said...

i never said u should dude, i havent, in fact i might think i found somethin i could be

oh herb, theres no words for that.. theres just...herb haha

Herb said...

Hey, how'd I get into this?

Everyone gets to experience being remarkable at least once in their life. Its a state law.

Herb said...

By the way, taking on a car at 55 mph protected by nothing but cargo pants and a T shirt, and walking out of the hospital four days later is pretty remarkable....

Kari said...

Zack...way to add your two cents to what turned out to be a little uplifting, inspirational family conversation. way to be.