This is my truth: I’ve shifted from being terrified of deviating to relishing it. It’s so liberating! Here’s what I discovered this month while waving my freak flag:
– It’s fun to go against the grain. Growing up this would have been called, “being difficult” and would have resulted in a sideways look of annoyance among other things. No matter. Do it and do it often. It’s life giving.
– It’s even more fun when you deviate with friends.
– It’s one of the greatest concepts we can teach our children. One of my favorite quotes is from the movie Dan in Real Life, “Instead of telling our young people to plan ahead, we should tell them to plan to be surprised.” It’s not that I don’t believe in making plans and having goals, but I’ve also learned that life happens. Curve balls are thrown our way. The opportunity we’re hoping and praying for falls through. Our nightmare is realized. It’s life and, if we don’t leave ourselves open to that uncertainty, we miss the point of living. We miss connections and opportunities that are more magnificent than anything we could have imagined.
– I believe deviating is essential to finding your self.
In this past week, I’ve fallen in love with the hue of my new nail polish. * I was lucky enough to have Carmen and her crew come stay at my house for a few days. Watched as our kids laughed and played…and eventually cried their goodbyes. I traveled an hour south to meet other online friends (Angela and Andrea) and to celebrate Angela’s photography show. Those moments were filled with such gratitude and happiness that I want them etched deeply into my mind…never to forget the lessons learned: Take chances. Question the mainstream. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Listen to that little voice inside you…you know the one I mean…the voice that’s often lost when we become adults. I’m so grateful for these experiences….something that never would have happened if I hadn’t deviated from the norm.
I hope you continue to fly your freak flag and, while you do, crank the volume and sing along…we’re celebrating music during the month of June!
* I tried the PBR and me no likey. Piercing headache half way through (the CAN, not the case!). I’ve obviously spent too much time in the local brew pubs and have thus become haughty in my beer consumption. ; ) Oh well…still glad I tried it!