“Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.”
― Rick Warren.
You might as well stop trying to fit in now, because you were never supposed to. Wehave spent so much time in our lives trying to “fit in,”but no one was told that were not actually meantto. The world was not to be riddled with strife, wars,poverty ,sicknesses, and spiritual darkness were not to have a place in it. Many times if not all, we’re our own worst enemy.Asan example think of the disease of cancer, it has been studied and traced back to some foods(processed,GMO) and chemicals. Who created all that food andmade the chemicals(usually for profit)? If youguessed people(us) you are correct ! In havingself centered desires and the lust for money, people voluntarily choose to harm each other. The very act of tryingto fit in brings about the bullying, but who’s doing it? Other people, or are we doing it to ourselves? In fact it’s better not to conform to the majority of this world, because more often then not averageis becoming thestatus quo. Just as children are slowly bullied into becoming like everyone else, so are we by the world and its systems. However, there is an inherent problem in being like everyone else, not only is it boring, but it has a way of dimmingthe lightwe originally entered the world with. Each of us are born bright with optimism, drive, imagination, anda lack of awareness of other people. As we grow, the ebb and flow of society slowly encourages us to join the crowd, heightens our awareness of others causing comparisons, andworks out the wild and free spirits we’re born with. Ifwere able to protect and retain these spirits from the world that wants to steal them we become conquerers. We overcome the petty preoccupations and can’t be bothered by what other people think. Therefore, don’t be afraid ofbeingamused and wondered like a child or hiding your quirks. Those are the very things that theworldis jealous of and sets out to steal. Your childlike spirit is a precious gem to be protected and valued, so enjoy it and don’t be afraid to show it!
“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” -Jim Henson.
We all know the pangs of jealousy by the time were deemed adults. However, for some of usthe green monsterleft it’s former residence from under our beds and instead follows us around. I used to over analyze and compare myself and that old neighbor would sneak upon me. Except after I had the realization that everyone has a hard time in one way or another, you simply cannotcompare yourself. Besides I have grown to like who I am, problems and all. Of course I’m notcompletely devoid of conflicting emotions, butwhen that green monsterbecomes so small you nearly forget about himthe world gets better. When Life lacks the presence of jealousy it’sfreeing. Tono longer worry or compare oneself leaves you loads more time and moments to focus on yourself. Pretty soon you’ll find that when jealousy leaves so does envy. Now were talkingnot just more freedom, but the ability to run wild in the streets! The less you let these petty emotionsdwell in your heart the more room you’ll havefor love. Not only for yourself but alsofor otherpeople too. I have found my lack of jealousy or envy to be refreshing.Firstly I don’t botherwastingas much time any longer. The elimination of that distraction and more time hasculminated in being more content and focused. It has allowedme to experience more happiness and brainstormmore ideas that excite me. When I was able to shrink the green monster into a more manageable size He bothered me less and less. Oddly enough what did the trick was ignoring him. Rather thenhis voice becoming louder it slowly quieted down.As I get furtherand further away from being achild, I learn that perhaps I was actually more intelligent back then! Surely I waseven more straightforward, honest, and not afraid to blurt out the truth and nearly embarrass someone. The difference now being that I have more tact. However, it turns out Kermit the frog hada valuable life less to share with me after all these years. Sometimes going backwards allows you to better move forward. Not unlike those wind up cars you pull back, only to let them go and send them flying forward. Soon afterthe massive stroke(see here) I complained nearly everyday that I was going backwards rather than forward like I should be. However, I’m beginning to see that going backwards is not so terrible after all. Besides as it turns out, I was more open,content, and smarter as a kid!