There are a hundred billion neurons in the average human brain, and each neuron is connected by long filaments to between a thousand and ten thousand other neurons.*
Those filaments are where we find our individuality and our connection with a bigger world. All the choices we’ve made, the things we’ve been curious about and endeavoured to find out more about, and then getting creative over some things and not over others.
They’re not a fixed number, new ones getting thrown out by neurons and connecting to others all the time.
It’s absolutely amazing and it’s why I keep telling people there’s never ever been anyone else like them in all of human history.
And it all means that thing you feel you must do, that’s unique, too; I just hope you bring it. Perhaps today?
(*From Alan Lightman’s Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine.)