by: Carrie A. Blakley
We all have our little quirks, and habits, and oddities. That’s what makes us unique. What makes us special, and sets us apart from everyone else. That being said, we’re also extremely similar. Probably more than we all would care to admit to. Remember last week, when I was mentioning that random catch-all drawer/chair/closet? That applies to every single person. Humans are quick to judge each other for what they consider to be ‘strange behavior’. We all know there is a fine line between ‘strange behavior’ and ‘straight jacket material’. Take, for example, tastes in music. There is music out there for everyone to enjoy. Some people like country music. Some people enjoy hip hop. Others may enjoy pop, or opera, or earth music. Whatever you enjoy, there is a genre of music somewhere on this planet that will appeal to you. As for myself, my taste in music ranges from Mozart to Metal.
The idea is that you learn to enjoy your own individuality for what it is. It’s perfectly OK to be different. It’s also OK to give credit where it’s due. You may not like a certain person, but certainly not everything about that person is something to dislike. Sure, you may not like their personality, or the fact that they behave in a certain manner. But, guess what? That person probably enjoys the same music you do. That person may really enjoy some of the same hobbies you enjoy. There is always a common ground to be found. Sometimes you may have to dig a bit to find that commonality, but I promise you, it’s there.
Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t marry someone of your own gender. Don’t like swearing? Don’t swear. Don’t like politics? Don’t engage in the topic. Don’t like rap music? Don’t listen to it. It really is that simple. Do what you enjoy. Do what makes you happy. As long as you’re not hurting yourself, or others around you, who cares what makes you happy? It’s no one’s business but your own. So, go out there and be happy. Enjoy your life. Listen to your favorite music. Wear those crazy socks. Enjoy your life. After all, it’s the only one you have, may as well make the best of it, right? Remember, you’re unique. Just like everyone else.