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Daily Soul-Search, No. 195

From dailysoulsearch

How "different" are you? Do you go out of your way to make a statement about who you are and how that differs from most other people? Is it important to you to stand out from the crowd?



I feel pretty "different" a lot of the time. When I get evidence that I'm not different, for example, when it turns out I'm following some cultural trend without realizing it (Hello Kitty, anyone? :-) sometimes I'm a bit surprised.

I don't go out of my way to make a statement about being different most of the time. I make some efforts to hide the extent of my differences unless I feel very safe. (I'm shy in crowds.) Sometimes I deliberately try to fit in to a group by wearing group-approved types of clothing.

It's not that it's important to me to stand out from the crowd, but I've noticed that I tend to do things sideways. I think that was a word that a writing instructor used once to describe what I had done with an exercise she'd given us. I hadn't followed it but I hadn't ignored it either. I more or less treated it as a propulsion mechanism. I do that a lot when I'm doing art type stuff. I don't like strictly following instructions, so I will add or change something to make it more interesting to me.

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angeyja
Dec. 3rd, 2003 11:03 am (UTC)
I've noticed that I tend to do things sideways. I think that was a word that a writing instructor used once to describe what I had done with an exercise she'd given us. I hadn't followed it but I hadn't ignored it either. I more or less treated it as a propulsion mechanism. I do that a lot when I'm doing art type stuff. I don't like strictly following instructions, so I will add or change something to make it more interesting to me.

This is something I do also. I tend to view rules (not all) as somewhat malleable.


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