Motivation Monday: Be Unique Like A Snowflake

Calvin: Today for show and tell, I’ve brought a tiny miracle of nature: a single snowflake! I think we might all learn a lesson from how this utterly unique and exquisite crystal turns into an ordinary, boring molecule of water just like every other one when you bring it into the classroom.

Today, for show and tell, I’ve decided that I want to talk about you standing out and walking in to all of your newness. I wonder, what would you be able to do if you didn’t worry about what people would think when you dissolved into a single molecule of water, but instead if you focused on what people thought while you were a beautiful snowflake. I wonder what we could be if we strived to perpetually be snowflakes.

Change is difficult, we are not wired to love change. We are creatures of habit. However, there is a point wherein we must understand that the world changes. There is a point when it’s not cold enough to keep the snow around. So what does a snowflake do? It melts and it adapts to its new environment. It becomes a single “boring” molecule of water, but it becomes something else. It is entirely different, and yet it’s the same old snowflake on the inside. Are you with me on this analogy?

Things simply will not stay the same forever, and it’s up to you to grow into that change. It’s also up to you to stand out and be your best, because that’s just good for you. You can impress people when you’re within your comfort zone, but if you don’t adapt to the coming changes, what will become of you? Do you want to be remembered, forgotten, or continuously celebrated? In order to be continuously celebrated, you must continuously be uniquely you.

I believe that each and every one of us has beauty inside of us and the potential to do great things. I also believe that it is incredibly difficult to tap into that beauty. I have struggled for many years trying to figure out what my niche is. I have dabbled in many a thing, and I haven’t given up anything easily (actually, I would argue that I haven’t given up on anything at all). And I know that in some of these situations, I am innately a snowflake, and in others I am innately a single molecule of water. All I know is that I want to be a snowflake in every thing, and dreams with a plan can make it so.

Is there anything you’ve been working towards and/or succeeded in lately? Do you feel like a beautiful, confident, sparkling snowflake? 


Published by She Got The PhD

A web-based soapbox of an Assistant Professor of color in Chemical Engineering; sharing my feelings on books, academia, and current events. I hope you enjoy reading :)

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