To Conform or Not to Conform

I thin the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. - Rita Mae Brown

 

Throwback Thursday, originally posted November 6, 2013:

Kitt O'Malley

I always have had a beef with conformity, with hiding your authentic self to fit in with the crowd. Why not be brave and be yourself? Why not be different? Isn’t that what makes life interesting?

As I have aged, though I still am very much Kitt, I find I have more in common with others than not. Our differences are primarily superficial. Of course, my struggles with bipolar disorder are not universally shared. But, we as humans all love and desire to be loved. We have families. We have friends. We protect our young and mourn loss.

To the extent that we differ, we should, we must, respect and appreciate those differences. We are all deserving of love, of acceptance.

Bottom line: I am Kitt, my personality exists independent of my illness. I am a unique individual whether or not I have bipolar disorder. You and I, every living being…

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4 thoughts on “To Conform or Not to Conform

  1. bruno4eva December 22, 2014 / 1:57 am

    Its our differences that make us specially unique. Faces without freckles or winkles are like skies without stars.

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  2. dyane December 18, 2014 / 9:44 am

    Hello mindreader – I needed to read this today. I’m grappling with these concepts. (Isn’t grapple a good word?) I’m nowhere near as compassionate as I’d like to be. A lack of enough compassion is something to be aware of, and my challenge is to not freak out about or judge myself for this lack too much – I simply need to breathe and reframe my way of thinking. Simple? No. Possible? Yes.

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