When I was growing up in Alabama, my first love was football and I played the game from the first grade (1960) through college (1976). I always wanted to be like one of my favorite players.
I went to every home football game at Lanier High School in Montgomery when my next door neighbor, Jimmy Lowder, was an All-American running back. I wanted to be Jimmy Lowder.
I memorized the jersey number and hometown of every player on the University of Alabama roster during the 60′s. I even spray-painted my football shoes white in the 70′s in high school so that I could look like Joe Namath who went on to play for the Jets.
I thought Bart Starr (born in Montgomery, played at Lanier and at The University of Alabama) was the greatest player ever when he led the Green Bay Packers to several NFL Championships. I wanted to be Bart Starr. I wasn’t alone. A good friend of mine, Drexel Rayford, even wrote a song about wanting to be Bart Starr (you can hear a clip here or buy the song on iTunes by searching for Bart Starr).
The bottom line is I always wanted to be someone else. Who did you want to be when you were growing up?
Now that I’m 55, I know better most of the time.
Today, I just want to be Malcolm Marler. I want to be who God created me to be. Truth be told, that is all I can be.
Be the child of God you are, and offer your unique gifts to the world through your personality.
We need YOU to be you.
And when you are who you are, that is more than enough.