In the writing room for the 1990’s comedy show “Seinfeld,” the star of the show found himself hanging images of the galaxy. Taken by the Hubble Space Station, Jerry thought of these images as being able to easily calm his nerves, allowing for better focus while writing. He found that the perceived insignificance of his own life was a calming, creative force which helped him when writing and performing for the show.
In an interview with Judd Apatow in 2014, Jerry told the author, “that would calm me when I would start to think that this was important,” speaking in terms of the show’s importance in the grand scheme of things.
Like most of us, Apatow replied that realizing that we are all insignificant would be a depressing thought to have within your head on a daily basis. However, Jerry quickly rebuttled this by explaining that, “I don’t find being insignificant depressing. I find it uplifting.”
Seinfeld further elaborated that, by feeling so insignificant, he felt empowered to take risks and to create shows and routines that would make him happy. It allowed him to stop caring so much about what other people would think about his creations.
All artists, fellow creators, or those living out their lives to the best of their ability can take something from Jerry. If you think about it, we truly are very insignificant in the long-run. The mistakes we make mean nothing at the end of the day. Instead of going day-by-day worrying about every little action we take, we need to think about what will really make us happy in life. Rather than do things to please others, we should focus more heavily on what we can do to improve our own lives. Maybe that means taking a major risk, quitting your day-job, and focusing completely on your writing. Maybe it means that you will take your art to the next level, creating in nothing but black and white to nothing but color, alternating every year.
What you do, the risks you take, the mistakes you make…if you do everything for someone else, you will never be completely happy in life.
Remember, you are just a speck on a slightly larger speck that we call Earth. And guess what? That speck called Earth is just a tiny speck in an even larger speck known as the galaxy.
Your insignificance should empower you.