Friday, November 4, 2011
When I graduated from college, I was given a Gary Larson coffee cup with the cartoon above. To this day I cherish that cup and it's been with me throughout that career. The couple that gave it to me always picked out gifts that had some underlying message. It was truly a gift where the thought actually counted. I love this cup/cartoon because it's message is a reminder that in a society of conformity, it's important to break the mold and literally stand out. It's not standing out for standing out's sake but rather, recognizing and celebrating one's individuality in a world where being brash and speaking one's true feelings is often stifled in a politically correct is the norm.
Last night, I went to get my hair cut (what little is left). One of the stylists is a cross dresser. I'm not sure if he's truly transgendered since I've seen this person dressed as a man and a woman. In any case, I couldn't help but admire this person's courage to go out and literally tell the world, "I just gotta be me." If he feels like wearing woman's clothes, then all the power to him. He's got a bigger set of cajones than a lot of people I know. He's living his life the way he wants to and if it makes him happier and feel better about himself, I'm all for it.
I believe that we're all here and alive not be just part of a mindless crowd jumping on every bandwagon that goes by but to be driving that bandwagon and leading others to celebrate life, enjoy life and to live life. As much as the media and marketing folks in the world try to figure us out and try to pigeon-hole us into a certain demographic, it's our duty to be mindful that we're not a statistic or one of a crowd but rather, we are individuals with a our own thoughts, our feelings, our memories and experiences and our own decision-makers.
Being honest and having the courage to stand up and be counted and heard is not easy. Standing out in a crowd is one way to bring a rash of criticism and judgment your way. But just being you and standing up for what you believe in and for what is right is easier than living with the guilt of not doing nothing at all unless you're one of those mindless people that justify every action or non-action to favor your viewpoint. We all know those type of sorry ass people who cannot be personally accountable for the actions or lack of action during a crisis and justify why they did what they did until they convince themselves they were right all along.
Hit the pause button when things are going hectic in your life, and bask in your individuality and those around you. It's amazing how much more there is to see in others when you look at them as a living breathing individual rather than a part of group. Celebrate and individuality and if necessary, stand up and sing out, "I gotta be me!! Oh, I just gotta be me!!"