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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Just How Unique Are You?

So yesterday I was filling out my profile for Timeless Bliss writers and they asked me a question like, "how am I unique?" and after staring at my blank computer screen for 17 hours (minutes), I write "that I can see the good in every situation". Good for me, except I truly hope that that this is not a unique quality and that at least a dozen others (probably bloggers) possess this attribute.

Really, if you think about it, it's almost impossible to be unique these days. For instance:

1) I'm divorced (so are 50 % of the adult population);
2) I have an amicable divorce (probably 25% of the divorced folks can say that);
3) I have lived in 10+ places in my life (we are a transient nation);
4) I find humor in most situations (ask blogrankings and they'll tell you I am somewhere in the middle of a large pack of humor finding people);
5) I'm remarried (big whoopee, lots of people remarry);
6) I've married twice to guys with the name Bill (now you're getting somewhere....);
7) I've been the breadwinner, the breadspender and the breadbaker in this family, at various times (adds some depth....)
8) I have a great family (lucky me, but lots of other folks claim this as well);
9) I have a football-shaped birthmark on my right hip (interesting, but very few studies on birthmark shapes leaves this area of unknown uniqueness);
10) I easily tire of writing lists like this one (most bloggers who do memes understand this one!).

So, it's time to digress. Is it important to be unique as a blogger? The answer can go both ways. You want to be unique (think Jenny, The Bloggess) where people are able to say, "she's hysterical" because you 'get her' and you relate to her on some level. If you are truly unique, probably people would read your blog and say, "I don't get it", never to return. Maybe all the truly unique bloggers quit writing after a year because no one reads their blog. I guess the correct answer is one should strive to be somewhat unique.

I think we are taught at an early age to be unique and we try to be unique but come to the realization when we are ancient (like me) that this is a goal we can never really achieve. We've been chasing after a fairy tale. And, I bet if my daughter who's a freshman in college right now were asked that question, she would come up with a answer immediately and without hesitation.

For you, I will venture out today with the goal of doing something unique. Who knows....I just may get dressed before noon today. Any thing's possible. At least when you can see the positive and humor in anything like I can you know the day's going to be fun and worthwhile. I will use my unique quality to the fullest today. Lookout world, here I come!

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12 Comments:

Blogger Casey said...

Dressed before noon? Never. I have a birthmark shaped like Africa on my knee, a football would be way cooler.

February 3, 2009 at 2:06 PM  
Anonymous SusieK said...

You bloggers have a great vocabulary -- I learned what a meme was today, thanks!!!

February 3, 2009 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Captain Dumbass said...

I put together an Ikea bookshelf and I didn't swear once. Not even in my head because the kids were around.

February 3, 2009 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Haaa..good job on number 6!!! I've accidentally called my "new" husband my "old" husbands name during a fight!!! yickes!!! That was really fun to get out of!!!

February 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I know for a fact, that you were dressed before noon TODAY! And dressed to kill - may I add??

February 4, 2009 at 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say, one unique thing you have over other bloggers is a great looking blog. Some of these blogs I go to suck, and I always get a chuckle out of your blogs and most of the comments.

Tell that web designer great job.

February 4, 2009 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Raf said...

well i saw this natalie portman movie once, called Garden State, where she makes herself feel unique by constantly doing something nobody has ever done before, like when she's standing in a corner of her bedroom, she would dance like a maniac, and say, i bet nobody has ever danced like that at that particular specific spot ever before since the dawn of mankind! wow my comment is so long!!!

but thats not really helpful in your application hehe

February 5, 2009 at 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Nicole "TheCardEagle" Bandes said...

We are a cultural society and one of our greatest inate needs is to have a sense of belonging. You have to balance being truly unique with being just unique enough to stand out in a crowd without drawing too much attention to yourself.

I love women that wear a signature piece everywhere they go. Like a hat. I even once saw a woman that wore a tiara every where. She was definitely unique.

February 5, 2009 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Lisa Eshelman said...

Unique you are Beth, we love it. And yes I you were dressed before noon.

February 5, 2009 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Warner said...

Some of my best and most productive days involve staying in PJs until early afternoon. Funny - time flies when you're warm and comfy!

February 8, 2009 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Okay, Beth, I think I'm unique. I've never divorced or remarried, I've never even dated a guy named Bill, I LOVE lists (seriously!), and I don't have a birthmark!

February 9, 2009 at 8:00 PM  
Anonymous anca said...

i think for a blogger it is important to be unique as this is why i choose to read a blog over another, that's the same with magazines, books, the university i graduate, my partner in life...

February 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM  

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