Friday, October 11, 2013

Counter Cultural Living

Sometimes I don't want to do things for the simple reason that a vast majority of people are doing those things.  Like eating sushi.  Or quinoa.  Or signing up for marathons.  Or watching Breaking Bad.  Or doing yoga.  I don't think it's because I want to be a rebel.  I think it's mostly because I don't like crowds.  It was actually a bit of a struggle to sign on to the 31 days challenge because around 1200 people did it last year.  I just don't like doing things that everyone else is doing.  The root of this behavior probably has something to do with not wanting to be ordinary.

Sometimes, though, I don't want to stand out because the simple act of wanting to stand out is so ordinary.  And maybe wanting to be ordinary is really the special thing.  It's quite tension-filled, as you can imagine.  Which does our culture value more?  I think everyone would say being special.  Just look at the way our culture worships celebrities.  Yet, not everyone can be special or special wouldn't be special.  It would be ordinary, and we'd have to find a new meaning for special.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that sometimes I look at my ordinary life and feel quite satisfied that I'm not stressing myself out over being special.  And it makes me feel special to know that the vast majority of people are going to great lengths to make themselves stand out, and today I'm not.  So maybe if you truly want to feel special, try doing something ordinary.  There are so many people out there trying to do the "special" things, that your ordinary action will in fact make you quite special.

What ordinary thing are YOU going to do today?

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31 Days of Ordinary

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