What makes us uniquely "us?" When I was a young child, it seemed so incredible to me that other people were having experiences that I was unaware of. My parents used to look at me like something might be wrong with me! It truly troubled me trying to understand how God could create so many people and that everyone would be speaking and moving and doing something uniquely different from each other. It still seems weirdly strange to me.
So what does make us unique? Every experience we have from the day we are born creates a handprint on our life that begins to shape us into the individual we will one day become. Some people are so secure in themselves that they aren't afraid to go after what they want. These people are successful and charismatic. Then there are others who have different handprints in their lives. These people grow up insecure and with low self-esteem. Pursuing dreams is something frightening. Fear of rejection holds them back.
Have you ever thought of which you are? Have you ever given a thought to those who do have low self-esteem? Have you ever reached out to help someone who needs a boost in morale? Or are you one of those who make yourself feel more powerful by making seemingly innocent comments meant to put down others?
When creating characters in your books, do you look into the things that happened in their lives to make them "unique?"