I look back fondly to a time when my religious beliefs were the bedrock core of my identity, the driving passion behind my ambitions, and the framework I used for understanding every experience and idea.
I was actually the exact opposite until recently. Continue reading
When I was a kid, I felt very different from everyone else.
Don’t expect to change them. Fake people are rewarded in society for acting the way we’re all told we always should.
They’re celebrated for being image-adept (good actors). Continue reading
A seed is planted alone in dark ground.
Interacting with its environment, it begins to grow and produce, pushing through obstacles to develop a strong root-system . . . and then to finally break ground as a tree. Continue reading
When I was 10, I remember sitting one day at the end of a very long bench. Everyone else from my class was at the other end. It was a perfect picture of how I felt at the time: ostracized, unlikable, and basically no good. Continue reading
A friend and I were walking back to my house once after school.
Some kids started harassing my friend, laughing at him, and just trying to get a rise. Continue reading
For fear and fun.
Humans are both communal and independent. If we feel like any of the thoughts or actions we privately enjoy might cause us public shame, we hide them. We make others promise to hide them. Continue reading
Society isn’t really that big on uniqueness. Yes, it claims to be; but really what it offers via culture and opportunity are to fit and find success in (if you can).
Since we’re all always shown what success has to look like, we’re all busy searching for the best ways we can fit. Continue reading