Be an Eleven

All [Stranger]Things Sara

I’m pretty sure lots of you have watched Stranger Things by now, it’s a huge hit and everyone is talking about it. To those who haven’t seen it yet, I have to tell you, it’s definitely worth a watch. If you’re into that ’80s – Spielberg – Carpenter nostalgia, this TV series is for you!

There’s a number of things that I find to be excitingly good in this Netflix series, one that I have to highlight is most certainly the cast. Every character is portrayed and brought to life perfectly by the actors, there’s a fantastic Winona Ryder and don’t even get me started on the kids, just impressive!

Since there is a lot of buzz around Stranger Things, it’s not unusual to stumble upon pictures, images, articles and videos on the internet in reference to it. I’ve read an interesting article about how they came up with the design for the opening credits and the art of the title, but there is one image that really really tickled my enthusiasm.

I’ll try not to be spoilery, but to fully understand what I’m referring to, those of you who haven’t seen it should maybe watch the show first and then come back and read on. I don’t wanna ruin it for you!

Ok, the image I’m talking about (does it perhaps classify as a meme?) is this:

I think this image can be read on three different levels, which I find to be all rather encouraging, inspiring and empowering:

  1. In a highly competitive world, where lots of people are tremendously good at what they do, you need set the bar higher and go the extra mile to achieve your dreams. Sometimes we all feel like some people’s expertise or talent are unreachable, we feel like they’re all 10s and nobody can get better than that, but you know what? It doesn’t matter, there is always room for improvement, so, if you wanna stand out, work hard and, instead of aiming for 10, aim for 11. Push yourself to a new level of greatness. You may never be the absolute best, but you will be the better version of yourself, and nobody can be a better you than YOU. Nobody. You’re unique, so let your uniqueness grow and shine!
  2. Always in this highly competitive world a lot of the times, though, people say or make you believe they are a 10. Maybe they are, maybe they are not. My suggestion is: never judge others even if you know for sure they’re all just smoke and mirrors. Let them be, learn from them and go your own way, let them talk the talk while you walk the walk. In humble silence, let your actions define you, truly BE an Eleven. Everyone will know your worth without you telling them.
  3. It can also be read as a statement of validation of diversity. Perhaps you feel like you’re surrounded by people who think they’ve got everything figured out, all 10s living just to fit the mold, doing what all the other great 10s are doing. Perhaps you are different, the 10s put in your head the idea that you are a 4, a 5, or a 6… have you ever thought that you’re an Eleven instead? I think you may be, so feel free to express yourself in new magnificent ways those 10s can’t even imagine!

The bottom line is: BE EXCEPTIONAL.

Be exceptionally good,
exceptionally kind,
exceptionally talented,
exceptionally funny,
exceptionally insightful,
exceptionally helpful,
exceptionally smart,
exceptionally skillful,
exceptionally exceptional at whatever you want.

What do you think of the meme? And did you love watching Stranger Things as much as I did? I’m curious to know your thoughts, so leave a comment if you want!

I hope you’re having an exceptionally beautiful day!

Take care,