When you dare to be an original you are daring to be "yourself" and everything that comes with it, greatness, flaws and ridicule alike.
This can be a scary and daunting proposition to many of us. I see these sordid mental struggles every day with my own two kids - trying to sort out how much of their true voice they want to share with their peers - hell, I play witness to it with myself.
Being an original can be scary because at its core it means transparency and sometimes even solitude and of course vulnerability. Some people are just not ready to go introspective with this, and others are just incapable of understanding your personal brand.
Being original means subjecting ourselves to ridicule, judgment, exposure, and scrutiny, all of which can be overwhelming and frightening to most people. But I dare to put it to you - how many “unoriginal” people ever accomplished anything fantastically great. The greatest accomplishments inventions, discoveries, and footprints all came from individuals willing to trade in the popular conviction for the notion less acknowledged.
Stay on target little padawan.
Being an original presents an alternative version that has positive side-effects if you are willing to accept the contrasts of originality. It can also serve as a sieve for your life, sorting of the chaff from the wheat if you will, and placing in our life path, the necessary and critical elements, relationships and experiences that we truly relate to and that are part of our truest convictions.
Yes, there is comfort in conformity. But there is a factual argument to be made that conformity also breeds apathy and stagnation. Blending in with the crowd leaves nothing to challenge you, others have already done what you are afraid to do, so there are no stones left unturned. For some this is ok? For som,e this is a suitable life. But this sort of pathway also leaves a lot of questions at the end of your journey. A lot of “what-if’s”. How many of those do you want to have to answer as you end your journey?
It takes a lot of courage, self-confidence and dare I say, self-love to be an original. To let the world see your unique take on life. There will be many, even ones you thought were your closest confidants, that will ridicule, judge and offer their swelling [envious] insights. However, as with any obstacle, any frightening proposition, the process of working through all of these challenges brings with them a vivacious and magnificent sense of accomplishment and growth.