The title sounds like an insult.
“Hey you! You’re an egg!”
If someone said that to me as I walked into a Starbucks on a cold Tuesday morning I would probably be more concerned about their mental health than I would be insulted.
I got this idea from breakfast this morning – I bet you can’t guess what I ate. I looked long and hard at the sunny-side-up eggs in front of me. I’m not a very neggative person, but for whatever reason, today I really didn’t want to eat my eggs. And then I thought, the yellowish orange part is the best part, why don’t I just eat that? Then the gears in my head really got turning. Why’s that part so good? I mean, it’s the yolk; the center. A part of the egg that is shielded by a hard and strong exterior. I then saw this interesting quote that I don’t completely agree with, but it sparked my creative muscle.
“There are 7billion people on this planet, but 14billion faces.”
Bam. A connection was made. I was eggstatic. What if all of us people, us humans on the little blue planet called Earth, what if we were all just like eggs? Modern society has allowed us (and in some cases forced us) to develop a hardened exterior to protect and often hide our inner personalities. The interesting thing about being a human egg, however, is that it works both ways. It also prevents us from reaching out. Whether it be to “fit in” with a social group or society in general, many of us don’t express our true feelings all of the time.
For example, I know that I am guilty of not holding a door for someone or cutting someone off on occasion. Every time I do this it is negative, not just for the other person, but for me as well. See, I make their day worse or unchanged when I could have instead made it better with a simple, almost effortless action. By taking an action that is detrimental to those around me, or simply ignore opportunities to make someone’s day better, I am hurting myself because when I do this once, I justify it.
Oh, I’m having a bad day – oh, he/she deserved it – oh, blah blah blah
Regardless of the excuse, I am hurting myself because the second time it’s just a little bit easier to justify. The third time even easier until eventually I literally don’t care at all that I’m irritating another person. What does it matter, it’s not like I know them or will ever interact with them again right?
That, my friends, is an eggshell. On the inside, at our core – our yokes, we know what we’re doing isn’t right, but we build a wall to keep from accessing that inner compassion.
This also happens in other instances, such as when we talk to someone that we are trying to impress. We act differently, put on a face that isn’t quite ours. A shell. When we are hurt by other people, what do we do? We build a shell around us to protect us from more pain. If I want to become a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle what do I need to have? A freakin’ shell (and few screws loose, but I’ll let you decide if I’m there or not).
Eggs are wonderful, nutritious things. We all could use a little more egg-love in our lives. But maybe we don’t all have to live inside our shells all of the time. Maybe we could peek out every once in a while…let that beautiful ball of fire in the sky heat up our inner yolk. Who knows; maybe one day we could even be sunny side up!