Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. 🙂
I have been thinking this past week about what it means to be unconventional. I know that I am somewhat unconventional in my life. I am in my 50’s, single with no children, and I like it that way. I changed my last name. I don’t subscribe to tv services and rely solely on Netflix and the internet for entertainment and the news. I know next to nothing about pop culture. Last year when there was an uproar over Duck Dynasty I honestly thought that it was a Disney show everyone was talking about.
I bet most of you have areas in which you are unconventional as well. Maybe you are proud of the ways that you stand out from everyone else, or maybe like me, it has taken some time to stop worrying about what everyone else is thinking and trying to fit into the crowd whether it be work, social groups, or family gatherings. Approval is a strong motivator. It begins with seeking praise from our parents and teachers as children, our peers in adolescence, and our employers and communities as adults. Of course approval from others is often conditional based the beliefs, values, and agendas of those around us. Many times we may not even be aware of the many ways we are subtly being persuaded to adjust our way of thinking or doing things to appease or impress others.
To be unconventional is to follow what is in your heart. Being unconventional is self- expression with a purpose. To be unconventional with confidence can be fascinating, captivating, and inspiring. It can affect the world and encourage positive change.
I hope you embrace whatever it is you are called to pursue in this life in the ways that feel right to you. Career choice, lifestyle, family, fashion, hobbies, education, community service; we all have a unique way to approach these areas of our lives. Sometimes our approach will not fit into the conventions of those around us and we will stand out from the crowd. Some will see us as inspirational while others may see us as a liability or a threat; but if we stay true to our nature we will have the peace and satisfaction of having led a well lived life.
I would love to hear from you. In what ways do you see yourself as unconventional?
Until next time,