First things first, I want to wish all of you a happy and eventful 2018. If it’s already been a ride through the first week, I don’t know quite how to respond to that! If it’s progressing, I hope that it continues to do so for you.
Now, onto the real point before I lose my train of thought on the matter.
If I haven’t mentioned it by now, I really have a strong dislike for math. On the flip side of that, I have a strong appreciation for numbers. So, while I was on my daily walk yesterday, I started to wonder about prime numbers in particular. The word “prime” means a lot of varying things but the one thing that stands out, and in such a wonderful coincidence, is that it means the very best of something. The best time of your life (prime of your life), the best example (prime example), or whatever else you can think to associate with the word. But, what really set me on this path has nothing to do with numbers.
I am a huge science fiction guy. I absolutely love it. So, while I was walking, I was watching a clip from “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Some people think it’s a terrible movie and I won’t get into a subjective discussion about it. But, what I will like to talk about is why Optimus is such an excellent example of the term.
I don’t think it is so much of him being an example of leadership or morality. Maybe it’s more along the lines of it being such a numbers thing. It didn’t occur to me until I was really invested in how such qualities and characteristics aren’t so easily mirrored or duplicated. Sure, we can have examples of its antithesis but never an instance of those things in another form. So, I had the thought of, “What makes a prime so special?” I came up with many possible reasons but the one I can’t escape from is this:
A prime number is divisible only by itself and one.
What the hell does that even mean? Well, numerically speaking it means that the number… say… 13… is only equally divisible by itself (13) and the number one. Up front, that doesn’t mean a bunch, does it? Well, when you’re trying to figure out what makes a person so uniquely them, that word can factor into so much more than numerical meaning.
As people, we try so hard to multiply our success. We feel like whatever formula we’ve used to find professional success will translate into our personal, spiritual, or emotional lives. So many of us find that to be lot easier said than done and I find myself among the many who feel this way.
So, why is it so hard? If we can find success in one area of life, what makes it so damn difficult to just copy and paste? As the saying goes, “The devil is in the details.” The amount of work it takes to achieve and maintain success in one area is one thing but to duplicate it is something completely different. So, why is so different? Why is such a thing so hard?
There are two main reasons. The first one being is that success cannot merely be copied. We cannot clone the routine of a successful person and expect it to work for us. Our individual circumstances, strengths, and weaknesses make it a tough challenge to duplicate. We are just too different and that isn’t a bad thing! The second reason being is that we want our own success. We want every bit of who we are as people to be as relevant as the results themselves. We don’t all break the same. The same things that can make us special can make others fall into obscurity or vice versa. It’s those things that make us who we are. Which brings me to the point…
The point of being in the prime of anything isn’t necessarily to achieve or sustain. The point here is to take the opportunity to take who you are and let your uniqueness and individuality build something that may be worth having. Each aspect of our lives create unique challenges that must be resolved with unique solutions. Why spend time trying to copy what worked for another when you’re not them?
So, as we move forward, use the best of what makes you unique to make something something equally unique. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who would respond positively to their clone or even would want to meet their clone for that matter.
Besides, isn’t the best expression of who we are the expression we make ourselves?