Do you like my little image for Monday courtesy of The Mind Unleashed? I do but it is something that does take time to truly understand and appreciate. The freedom that comes with the knowledge of knowing who you are and being content to be that person is quite refreshing in a world where perception and appearance has come to drive so many of us.
So much of our lives is spent worrying about the opinion of others. In fact I’m sure more harm comes from attempts to edit ourselves so that we appear to have the best qualities currently thought to be worth having. You did notice the ‘currently thought‘ little jab that I inserted there didn’t you?
It’s just that what is acceptable or correct or even desirable has changed, continues to change and it appears will always do so. The fact that most people devote themselves to fulfilling current preconceived idea of ‘what makes a worthy person‘ means that most don’t have a clue as to who they are and what they themselves feel about the world around them. This changes as they grow and some do come to the understanding that self-knowledge and acceptance is sometimes a more reliable guide than popular perceptions.
The need to sublimate ourselves to be ‘liked‘ seems to be part and parcel of modern times but it is one aspect of it that I am more than happy to shed. Shed, hell flee the idea at all speed is probably a better representation of my feelings on the matter. In fact I fall strongly into the camp of I’m me, you’re you and if you don’t like me, I don’t really care. It takes time to understand that the whole world can’t be on your side and that if everyone seems to like you then chances are you’re lying to most of them about who you really are.
I do like the idea of being unique however [vanity, vanity, all is vanity] and as such am quite prepared for the idea that there are some in this world who won’t appreciate the fact that I won’t cower under their disregard nor quiver at their disapproval.
Truth be told I’d actually enjoy seeing the knowledge come to the faces of those who enjoy reminding others of ‘supposed‘ places in this world but then again I never claimed to be an overly nice person just a unique one, or at the very least a limited edition [one with bite].