“We must overcome the notion that we must be regular. . . . It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.” ~ Ute Hagen, Respect for Acting …
Our uniqueness is such a beautiful thing to celebrate. After all, this world would be incredibly boring if we were all the same. There would be no differing perspectives and nothing new. If we all strived to be “regular,” there would be very little left to be discovered, and mediocrity would lead our lives.
I honestly feel that different is a good thing in life. And although many like to call people who live outside of the norm “strange,” or “weird,” I like to think of them as extraordinary, for they are the people who look beyond the ordinary in life, the ones who take the boring and convert it into something uncommon and authentically their own. But for those who strive to be regular, because being regular does not encourage taking chances, growing, and moving in new directions, mediocrity becomes the creed that they espouse.
Unfortunately, much of society encourages us to be ordinary–regular children will not embarrass their parents; and regular schoolchildren will not disrupt the classrooms. Of course, in some instances, being regular can be valuable. Predictable employees–the one’s who can maintain a certain degree of consistency and regularity–are sought after and highly appreciated by their employers. And by being regular in cash flow, there is a good chance we might avoid stressful financial problems in the future.
But being regular should not be the main focus of our lives. We have so much unique and beautiful potential to offer to the world–if only we allow ourselves to look for the extraordinary within.
Allow yourself to be extraordinary.
Questions to consider:
Where do we develop the idea that we must be regular? Why do we place so much value on regularity?
What are some of the many new and different things we fail to discover when we are focused on conforming to what society sees as regular?
What is the value in settling for mediocrity? What are some of the harmful effects of doing so?
For further thought:
“Do not conform” is difficult advice in a generation when crowd pressures have unconsciously conditioned our minds and feet to move to the rhythmic drumbeat of the status quo. Many voices and forces urge us to choose the path of least resistance, and bid us never to fight for an unpopular cause and never to be found in a pathetic minority of two or three. . . . Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., A Gift of Love