Good afternoon ladies and gentleman
As you may have seen on social media from time to time, i find certain quotes from people that seem interesting, as well as posting them at the bottom of these writings.These quotes are an additional thought I feel like is connected to what we have been thinking about or something that is another interesting discussion point. They are interesting because they can be inspirational as well as connecting to something I’ve already written. As in many aspects throughout life, these quotes create thoughts, ideas and convince me of ideas. Its this individual based thought, this unique way of thinking that seems of interest.
As we come closer to the first anniversary of Thinking Evolution, I find myself looking at the idea that you are forging your own path, to blaze through all the strange mediocrity of modern life and be that utterly magnificent version of yourself you always imagined you could be. That dream, that lifestyle, that ultimate phase of life where you feel like, just for once, you are truly achieving “life domination.” All of this, revolves around this idea that through all the stuff that makes us sad, angry, shake with fear, sink so far away from everything with such a sense of anxiety, we are all unique.
However, its this i think is the issue. This desired “uniqueness.” Its like we are concerned by the ideals of modern life and its manufactured happiness, thinking that new shiny car, the bigger house, that “key” promotion or whatever is currently on special for lunch is the key to a happy and successful life. I feel like at times, we all fall foul of this warped ideology. Why? Because its easy. Its a near emotionless, sedated experience that gives us just enough to not be totally miserable. That counter acting against the desire to be unique, to feel something new, to do something never done, to be somewhere not ever been and being something so much more than the insignificant speck in this giant absurd wheel forever spinning through life is a constant battle.
We fear being unique too though, for we think it will make us alone. If nobody can see the world as you see it, is able to think as you think, to love as you love and to even like similar music that you do, then that’s it. “I am, and always will be…alone.” We feel so unique, so singular in the way we think and feel that connections seem nothing more than a distant fantasy. Of all the fears and phobias in the world, modern or hundreds of years old, being alone, to me, is more powerful and effective at systematically destroying someone’s soul and the very essence of of what someone is. What i fear more of modern life is this systematic destruction of this uniqueness is something we are consciously aware of, something we do in order not to be alone.
This just creates more questions though. What is being alone? Can you truly ever be alone, fearing life, love and everything in between if you have never experienced the highs these ideals can offer? Maybe in this age of TV dramas, binge watching and Netflix play a part in this supposedly relevant and real aspect of life, as we watch connections form and bridges burn in a number of hours, leaving us only with the pain of what happened, seemably as a result of that connection, of that beautiful moment. These moments that are so fear inducing, that the moments that make us unique so to create only pair and loss, a profoundly negative reaction to something uniquely brilliant.
It seems a rather endless circle then, a forever ending quandary that can’t be explained or removed from the forever evolving equation that is life. So- how do we go about living with this equation- how do we become more than a collection of x and y’s, to live life in our own way, while understanding and respecting fear of what we assume is to be alone. To live life not attached to the ideals of society and its manufactured happiness, to think differently and see the world through your unique perspective, not as the television says you should.
The problem is we can be greatly effected by the ideals of a society as we can see the changing of thoughts and feelings as forging connections more than losing ourselves. Its almost an intentional ignorance of the beautifully unique characteristics i choose to believe we all possess. This minefield though, it kills part of you. The free thinking, the opinionated, the respectful, unique, idealistic brilliant version of yourself that lives deep within you sort of falls into the background, insignificant, as you become a number in order not to feel alone. The death of your “uniqueness” changes you, makes you a harder person, living life in a much more fear inducing way. This, interestingly, is something we all live to, but doesn’t make any sense, for one very simple reason.
The vast majority of the population doesn’t care what your doing, what you look like, how you career is going, how much money you have, what car you drive, whether you get that promotion or how much your suit cost. People don’t care because they are busy worrying about what you think of them, rather than what your doing. Furthermore why would people care? We sit there fearful of what people think, of being seen as different, so alone, we crush deep down the unique characteristics that make us brilliant to the point we don’t really do anything. So this idea that people will form an opinion of you- living like that, what are we? Truth is, we really aren’t anything.
That’s the point i think. Uniqueness seen as this singular thing, this close to perfect idealistic way of living that means you’re doing your own thing and everything people are doing and thinking becomes insignificant, because “I’m doing my own thing.” This single view of what it means to live your life your way, to me, is where the limitations of being unique start to come in, because we ignore that we are all uniquely the same.
Throughout life, we are all trying to achieve the same thing- to live in a unique way. Everybody is trying to do this, in their own way. Away from the world and its obsessive ideals, if we can choose to live our way, and maybe inspire even just one person to live as they choose to and not to the ideals of this modern world, the ideas that we could share, the thoughts and feelings that could come to fruition would be incredible. If we collectively can find a way of living in a unique way, there are no limitations on what we could do.
If we remember this, i feel like we can live a little more peacefully and through this have a much happier and successful life, without the fear of being alone, of thinking differently and not seeing the world as society does. For this is who we are. And to live to the ideals of who you are is a truly spectacular form of life.
Yours, with love as always.
16 thoughts on “Uniquely the Same”
This is a very deep and inspirational article. I like the way you see the world, and I have to say that not everyone tries to be unique and they follow some ideals that are not theirs and that is why so many people are unhappy with their lives, just a thought!!!
Unike like everyone else. I like this thought. I think that we sometimes think that we are different from the crowd but I think it is just because we know our self and do not know that much the others who therefore seem to be a crowd.
I think being unique is an excellent quality to have, and even those who think that they are not unique, absolutely are. Even when we try to fit in, we will always be unique because nobody else can be us!
I love this thought .. especially in today’s age of social media where it’s easy to look at all of the (seemingly) beautiful lives and want to fit in. The thing is we’re all super cool in our own unique ways!
Uniqueness and individuality should definitely be embraced!
This is quite a different post. Needs some introspection to come out with something that is unique.:)
That’s a good way to look at the world. Sometimes I feel like people are so busy trying to be unique, that they dont realize that they’re doing the same thing as everyone else. Oh the irony of life.
Success will never be measured with how big our house is or how expensive our cars are. I also love the idea of being unique, I don’t want to be the person who follows others just to belong. We should all embrace what makes us different.
I love the phrase, “Why fit in when you can stand out?” I think it’s a good realization, a mindset to help us accept who we are as a person and not be afraid of it.
This so reminds me of my post about acceptance. Self love is a huge part of embracing your uniqueness and choosing to stand out from a crowd. Who wants to be the same like everyone else when you can be you!
This is such a powerful reminder to people that they don’t have to and shouldn’t conform to what’s going on around them just because they feel pressured to. Many people forget that today with social media etc.
I love this thoughul blog post. I am firm believe of being true to yourself and not following those around you.
Individuality is what keeps things interesting. If everyone’d be the same, life would be incredibly dull. Embrace it and be the best version of yourself 🙂
What a beautiful piece of writing! Everyone should embrace their uniqueness and individuality!
I really do believe that being ourselves, accepting our uniqueness takes bravery. The world can often tell us that we should fall the status quo but it’s always important to embrace and love our uniqueness.
I have found that my definition of uniqueness has changed so much since high school. Back then, it was all about what I did and what I wore. I was unique if I wore my chucks and a cool band t-shirt, for example. Now over 10 years later, I simply wear what I like and do what I’m passionate about, and that makes me me!
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