We love remarkable people. We love watching their lives, admiring their work, and seeing what they are able to do. But if you’re like me, every once in awhile you see someone remarkable and feel yourself getting a little smaller.
You think, “I’ll never be like them.”
One of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met is Bob Goff.
If you’ve ever read Love Does or heard Bob speak, you know what I mean. You can’t help but walk away from Bob thinking to yourself, “this man is incredible.” You feel lighter and freer and full of whimsy. You feel enthusiastic and happy and fully of love because, well, that’s just how Bob is!
You might even think to yourself, “I want to be just like Bob Goff!”
But here’s the thing: You’ll never be like Bob Goff. Neither will I. And that’s okay.
For one, I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t live in San Diego. I don’t have a wife named Sweet Maria, and I don’t know how to fly an airplane.
But that’s not all that’s working against me.
Bob is one of the most outgoing people I’ve ever seen, and I’m not that way. I am an introvert, someone who would rather hang back than be the center of attention. I don’t know if I could spend a straight hour hugging strangers, which is something I’ve seen him do on numerous occasions.
I am not cut out of the same cloth as Bob, and while it might be tempting to feel discouraged by this realization, I don’t.
You know why?
Because Bob already exists. The world doesn’t need a thousand Bobs, or even two Bobs. The world needs each of us individually for what we have and what we bring to the table.
In fact, that’s the best thing about Bob Goff. He’s not anybody else.
He’s not trying to be someone or act like someone else. His enthusiasm, his love, and his love of balloons isn’t an act. He’s just being Bob, and that’s what makes him so special.
So what if the same was true for us. What if we were just us: if I was just Justin, and you were just you?
What could the world look like if we learned who we are, what makes us special and unique, and what our calling is on earth?
I’m not sure, but I know I want to find out.
God made us. We are His masterpiece, His greatest work of art, and He made us all differently. He made Bob one way, and me another way, and you another way too. And when we learn who we are and learn to be that person is when we’re our most incredible, when we’re capable of more than we can imagine.