Stop saying everything "is everything." Not everything can be everything.
It's just not possible for Peter Dinklage's yearbook photo to be everything if two days prior a terrified squirrel's reaction to being stuck on a merry-go-round was everything. Unless the terrified squirrel looked at Peter Dinklage's yearbook photo and declared, "I yield. I am nothing," this is paradox and it's dangerous to all of life and world.
Impossible! If a compilation video of celebrities impersonating other celebrities is everything, it means that Peter Dinklage's yearbook photo and terrified squirrel's reaction to a merry-go-round are both mere insignificant specks in the vast universe that is this compilation video of celebrities impersonating other celebrities. But Peter Dinklage's yearbook photo asserts that it is, in fact, the whole, and terrified squirrel and celebrities impersonating celebrities compilation are the parts, the specks, the children staring up at the stars wondering if anyone is staring back from some other unknown part of Peter Dinklage's yearbook photo. Meanwhile, terrified squirrel still posits itself as God, man, and all.
Usurpers! All is swallowed by all is swallowed by all, inverting time and space, bending life and light until nothing remains. Are the Corgi and Baby BFFs really everything? Everything? From the sound of wind-chimes in a summer breeze to the first time my parents had sex, to a woman crying in a bathroom stall at work, unsure if she can return to her desk? Are the Corgi and Baby BFFs really all of that? Or, is it possible that some, maybe just a little, might be contained within the realm of Steve Harvey talking about what it was like to work with Honey Boo Boo's family?
Absolutely not! Right now, somewhere in this world, an old woman is kneeling before the grave of the man she wishes she'd married, reflecting on her life and pondering the one she could have—should have—had. She is caressing his grave stone, enjoying the few minutes she has with the memory of the man she truly loved before returning home to the husband she chose for security. I simply refuse to believe that this woman, this moment, this feeling of deepest regret is nothing more than a little tiny part of Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX's music video homage to "Clueless."
Not everything can be everything. There's dignity and peace in accepting yourself as just another something. The key is to celebrate all the somethings that you are. You are here and you are essential. Whether you're Peter Dinklage's yearbook photo, a new version of the Rainbow Connection theme song, or a dog playing cards with Frank Sinatra, you are part of the whole. Play your part, be true to your part.
Otherwise, you're as good as nothing.
(by Bob Powers)