“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou
Have you ever thought: “Oh, I’m just ordinary.”
If you have, my guess is you haven’t actually stopped to think what ordinary is exactly.
Ordinary is defined as being with ‘no special or distinctive features: normal’.
But as I stated in ‘Upper Cut Or Depression?’, ‘Normal is simply a conditioned cognitive response, performed by most, in order to alleviate fear, avoid embarrassment and resist change.’
So by virtue of the fact that no human being is the same, not even identical twins, no one is ordinary.
I can hear the scoff from here. Sure James, well done mate, but ……..
…… but I don’t have any special talents
…… but I haven’t done anything amazing in my life
…… but I pride myself on being a normal person
…… but it’s not as easy as that, I’m thinking of my security
Could it be that what you are really saying is you don’t want to stand out from the crowd. Let’s face it, standing out can be dangerous. People criticize, make snide remarks, or people may even disagree with what you are saying.
I know, I’ve lost contact with people I thought of as friends because I’ve chosen a different path to their expectations of me. At times that’s been really hard. But if I didn’t chose that path then I wouldn’t be living true to myself. And let’s face it; the only person I go to bed with for certain every night is me.
What is ordinary anyway? Something ordinary simply aligns the commonly held social belief of the time. So if you’re extraordinary – that means you’ve step outside norms. You’ve broken the shackles of conformity and freed yourself to live your life according to your rules.
Have a listen to this song by Newton Faulkner’s and ask yourself the question: Is it time to pluck up courage to do something out of the ordinary?