Breaking Rules to Embrace the Path that Celebrates You – Daily Quote

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I never fit in at school. Child me didn’t understand, I thought I would gain knowledge. Adult me realized schools are institutions to teach children one lesson. They imprinted our minds, hard-wiring our psyche with the need to conform, to act like everyone else, to aspire to be average. When you finish high school, the path leads to college and your first job. Every step on the trail reinforces the advantages of conformity and sameness while nurturing a perception of the risk involved in being different.

Peer pressure, dress codes, formal reviews, and dollars in your bank account remind you, we are being judged. Somewhere, someone doesn’t approve of who I am, what I wear, what I do, and scoffs at how much money I don’t have. I would hate for them to lose their job, so I stopped following the rush to mediocrity. The opportunity cost of copying trends and denying my unique style became massive.  

Being yourself is difficult. Misunderstood, mocked, and treated as an outcast, is the norm for the nonconformist. They attack because they don’t understand and are fearful of the answers to questions they don’t want to consider. The payoff comes at some future date when even if they still don’t understand, they learn to respect the consistency of those who dare to be different.

How will you celebrate your unique self today?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

6 thoughts on “Breaking Rules to Embrace the Path that Celebrates You – Daily Quote

  1. Conformity is the aim–you are absolutely right about that. And to misdirect that aim by the distraction of uniqueness, well, that’s going to cost. I don’t know how it would be to live in a village, city, state, or nation that promotes conformity as the process of helping each one find one’s own–but I’d like to try.

    Today I celebrated uniqueness by writing words that would not make sense in any business letter. More so, I simply tried to be me.

    Again, thanks for asking!

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    • I love that you are celebrating what make you unique in your writing. Like you I think it would be a great experience to live in a place where each individual was supported and encouraged to be the best of who they are.

      Hope you are having a great weekend.

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      • Yes, that would be a fantastic place! To live in that dynamic every day!

        My weekend is going quietly, mostly, which is all right for now. Thanks for your good thought. Depending on how one counts, the new week starts tomorrow or Monday. I hope your new week (however counting) is grand.

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