It’s 8:14pm on New Year’s Day. I’m writing this blog in my living room, dogs and cats snoozing on the couch, a champagne cocktail fizzing on the table.
I am watching Amadeus on Netflix. I love this movie; I love history, and historical fiction, and even when the two don’t necessarily agree on the facts, the artistic reenactment of the past delights me to no end.
I grew up listening to Mozart, it was one of the first things I could sing along with, and Mozart wrote amazing arias for mezzo-sopranos (which is my range; I’m a classically trained singer).
Mozart, like so many other gifted people, was a genius. It’s not easy to define a genius beyond the dictionary, because they’re rare, and each is an entirely unique person. But in my opinion, they all have one thing in common — they are aware of the immense scope of their unique gifts.
We are all talented and imbued with a unique genius. I believe this completely. We all offer something to the world that no one else could mimic. The quest to discover what we offer and how to leverage it is another post entirely… but this awareness is the heart of my musings tonight.
Most geniuses and prodigies encounter social and emotional difficulties. Some die young, some become addicts, some are truly unpleasant to be around. Mozart (by all accounts) was all three in one.
When one is fully aware of their massive talent, it becomes easy for the ego to run rampant and convince the soul of an immediate greatness. Humility is daunting in the face of this constant admiration. The simple joy of creating beauty can be lost beneath layers and layers of complex emotions and obligations.
For those of us not imbued with prodigy-level genius, it’s easy to forget how brilliant we truly are. Our self-doubt and common sense (and social training to be humble, seen-not-heard, a team player, etc) can override our clarity of self. But when others remind us that we’re brilliant - through compliments, feedback, recommendations, and testimonials - we are allowed to bask in the glow of self-realization. In fact, that glow empowers us.
We don’t want to be like Mozart, but we don’t want to be self-effacing either. We want that sweet, gentle, glorious balance between humility and glory. And when someone reminds you of your unique genius - makes you feel all happy, glowy, proud and valued inside - bask in it. Be delighted. Record it, save it, take it out on a gloomy day and let it brighten your life. You deserve to feel every ounce of your value and your worth.