"you're Different"I seem to hear that phrase a lot the older I get. "you're different." I'm not really sure what that means. As a child I was probably a little different, although I don't recall any teachers or other students calling me that. As I've gotten older, I attribute hearing that phrase, "you're different" from other people as coming from them not knowing me or understanding what they know of me.
These days, I attribute that phrase to one of not being able to be neatly categorized by today's social standards. Which is really strange because it seems as if I'm a "relic" out of place in my own time. I'm "OUT OF PHASE" with my quantum existence. lol. People can't understand why I do what I do, have done what I have done, think, act and believe the way I do. I understand that thought process, but the real difference is, I don't think that way about others. I don't "evaluate to categorize" so I can "know" them.
I respect my experiences. I recognize their accumulative value. I try to interrelate these experiences and abilities learned to the best advantage. I try to hold my thoughts and beliefs to the highest standards I have learned and experienced, not the lowest ones. I am not rich and famous, and put no value on being rich or famous. What prompts people calling me different is probably because I don't fit a "mainstream" mold. Being "mainstream" anything is in itself a form of stereotyping.
If being different is simply a matter of not succumbing to a mainstream mold, then I say, "Viva la difference."