I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!
How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!
~ Emily Dickinson, 1830 – 1886
This has always been one of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson. And after reading and researching her life, it makes complete sense that she felt this way. As a gifted woman writer, she lived during a time in history and culture when women were not regarded as having the ability to be great writers, nor was she allowed the opportunity to express herself through her words and be acceptable in her lifetime.
When I read her poetry, I realize that there are still many women who feel as if they are “nobody,” and they wonder if anyone else feels like that. As a mother of young children, many years ago (and still having young teens at home who need their mama once in a while!) I know that the tasks of motherhood frequently feel unnoticed and unappreciated. But since we are all called to our own ministry and mission, whatever we are doing to honor God in our lives is important.
I read an article the other day about how social media is creating a “culture of despair.” That sounded quite philosophical to me, so of course, I was fascinated! I read about the research that has been done that indicates our culture is so engrossed in displaying personal “perfection” through the avenue of social media, that we all tend to see others as having more, being more, and succeeding more in life than is (humanly) possible.
And that in turn causes people to feel “less than” all those other glamorous, beautiful, talented, successful, wealthy, “perfect” people we see on our Facebook pages or on our Instagram feed or on our Twitter scrolls. Or whatever they are called!
Of course we are all intelligent enough to know in our head that other people’s lives are not perfect . . . . but when we see those beautiful pictures of the latest Pinterest-worthy creations, or the lavish wedding dresses / cakes / receptions / ceremonies, or when we read about an amazing vacation, or stunning engagement ring, or award-winning kid – well, we become less than satisfied with our own regular, ol’ mundane life.
We could blame it all on our culture, with social media everywhere bombarding us with unrealistic images of bodies, relationships, clothing, houses, children, food, manicures, pedicures, blah, blah, blah –
but Emily Dickinson proves that this is not a cultural problem, it is a human problem. And, although I can’t speak for a man’s perspective, I know that this kind of thinking haunts even the most confident woman you know.
So let us celebrate the successes of others; let us acknowledge the achievements of those who are famous; let us recognize the accomplishments of the geniuses among us; let us applaud those who are great writers, speakers, teachers, leaders, musicians, and athletes . . . . but let us also remember that everyone is somebody’s hero, even if you’ve never heard their name or recognize their face. We all have gifts, we all have strengths, and we all have a story to tell. And every story is important. So tell yours, because someone needs to hear it.
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