Friday, 15 May 2015

Why Its Ok To Be A Square Peg In A Round Hole

Conformity-it has its benefits.We live in a relatively peaceful country because the majority of the population conform to the law.
In fact many of the liberties we enjoy exist because we conform to the notions they represent.

Not being the same as everybody else-that sounds rather splendid

However the need to be the same, to be similar to everybody else can also be crushing to individuality.
From Michelangelo to Marie Curie life's true pioneers have often walked to the beat of their own drum. The buildings we love, the art that makes our heart beat too fast, the music we fall in love to, these were almost always created by people with an unconventional life view. Some of the best things in life have come from people seeing things differently, refusing to allow other peoples opinion colour their view regardless of ridicule or social stigma.

Marie Curie-she never worried about negative blog comments or twitter swipes

And yet I still feel there is a quiet pressure to be the same. Look the same, weigh the same, enjoy the same things. We seem to celebrate mediocrity above all else. We lavish the term "girl next door" on certain celebrities as a compliment because being ordinary is what we are encouraged to strive for. Beautiful but not threateningly so, clever but not a genius tinged with madness, talented but in a self deprecating grateful way.

Don't tell me, or my Monkey what to do

It probably won't surprise you to learn that I've never felt like I fitted in. I've always instinctively bucked against doing things the conventional way, have always questioned ideas and ideologies which others seem to follow quite comfortably.
When I was younger I hated this part of my nature, I longed to be like everybody else, to inhabit the world you would see on shows like "Friends" and "Cold Feet" To be shiny and successful and have huge groups of equally shiny successful mates. Yes they may be "kooky" but in a manageable sociably acceptable way.
My milkshake brings no balanced friends to the yard
I'm not shiny though, I'm awkward, too clever for my own good (whatever that means) I hate to be managed, my heckles rise when others try to keep me in "my place" as if they know where that would be. Its taken a long time but I've realised over the last few years that far from being a flaw, maybe being a square peg in a round hole is what makes me, well me.
I'm not shiny, my lipgloss is though
Perhaps its OK that we are not all the same, in fact maybe its quite fabulous and we should all run to the highest mountain with knickers on our head screaming like banshees in sheer celebration that we are all wonderfully, maddenly different. And to those who cling to the status quo, who love to melt into a crowd and are shiny and acceptable and who love to colour inside the lines we bear you no ill will but to paraphrase Groucho Marx-who wants to be part of  a club you are allowed to join. Not me.
Vive Le difference

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