I took a self-assessment quiz the other day, and the results suggested I am a rebel. I laughed, closed the tab, and dismissed it as a highly flawed waste of time. Nobody adheres to rules, follows formulas, and the “right path” better than I do. But as these things happen, I started thinking. What does it mean to be a rebel?
The first impression that comes to mind is a troublemaker who won’t accept directions, instructions, or social norms and who disrupts everybody’s pleasant day. Have rebels gotten a bad rap? Sure, they challenge the status quo, question everything, and wonder “what if.” They challenge the idea that events must follow a prescribed manner and balk when the answer is “because it’s the way we’ve always done it.” What if there is a better process or a simple solution? What is the point in obeying every rule if we can’t cut loose and dance?
I see many of my peers get caught up with following self-proclaimed gurus and their “10 Steps to Success” rules. I know I have fallen into the trap and experienced feeling inadequate, stupid, uncomfortable, constrained, and a complete failure when I didn’t achieve the promised outcome. Then I stop and remind myself one size does not fit all. Those authorities are experts of their history, their journey, but not mine. Thank goodness we are all different, or the world would be an incredibly uninteresting place. We don’t travel the exact path. We can’t live another person’s life. We are distinct individuals, rare creatures, with unique perspectives, and we all harbor the heart of a rebel.
How will you celebrate your inner rebel?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer