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The Spice of Life

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by Ryan King

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Each one of us is unique.

It's a scientific fact.

Unless you were made in a test tube, your genes are unique, your natural abilities unique, and your behaviors are quirky to you.

It's why siblings and cousins are different.

It's why some of us are naturally drawn to the thrill of strapping ourselves into a car and driving it on the ragged edge of death, and others are much happier in their living rooms.

It's why some of us gravitate towards hands-on labor like wrenching and others to more intellectual pursuits like engineering.

It's why some of us are logical or literal, and others are creative or interpretive.

The other side of the coin is that while you may have strengths and weaknesses by nature, it's also possible to expand one's natural abilities through the right kind of effort, the needs of which can be quite unique, depending on the individual.

Variety, however, is the spice of life, it's what makes the world go 'round. At least for those of us creatures that reproduce sexually. That variety means that the life you live, the things you enjoy, and what makes for a good, fulfilling experience can be drastically different from the next person — even if you are closely related.

Difference is awesome, remember to enjoy yours. It's what makes your life fulfilling, what makes your developmental needs unique, and ultimately what drives you to want to work on that project you're not working on right now.

Which reminds me, I have something I need to work on.

If you want to learn more about biological diversity and how it affects you, check out Biology for Dummies, Third Edition by René Fester Kratz, PhD, it's an excellent, easy-to-read resource.


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