As a child, and then as an adolescent, I thought the worst thing that could happen was being different. As an adult there is nothing I prize more highly in myself and my friends. Routine and comfort have their consolations, but they don’t make my heart race and get me out of bed in the morning.
Being different today means, to me, that you:
- Are always trying to be better at something
- Learn for the sake of learning
- Ask questions that could lead to uncomfortable answers
- Do not steer your life with other people’s opinions
- Read books
- Challenge yourself
- Take pride in improving
- Stand more than you sit
- Eat as much as you need and no more
- Spend less than you make
- Pay down your debt
- Value experience over book learning (or at least as heavily–I’m not as good at this one as I want to be yet)
- Have the courage to disprove your own hypotheses, not everyone else’s
- Take as much pride of ownership in your body and mind as you do in your possessions
- Create things just because it is fun
- Know how precious time is and live accordingly
- Are your own hero
Some I do well at, others need improvement. Some are important to other people, some aren’t. I’m getting better at them all and that’s the only point that really matters to me.
I know what I want. I know what makes me happy.
Do you? If so, it is my sincere hope that you’re acting on those things and you’ve got a smile on your face today.