Dare to be Different
Don't follow the crowd, listen to your intuition and dare to be you.
The most important thing in my wallet is my Lewisham library card. After best part of four decades in west London, I’ve moved across the river and over a bit. So far, I love the south-east of the capital.
Among the first bits of ‘life admin’ in my new neighbourhood was signing up for the right to take out as many books as I can carry. One I devoured, and can’t stop thinking about, is the latest best-seller from Matt Haig who explores how to be happy and whole in a fast world:
It is hard to see the things we may have problems with if everyone has the same problems. If everyone is spending hour after hour on their phones, scrolling through texts and timelines, then that becomes normal behaviour. If everyone is getting out of bed too early to work 12-hour days in jobs they hate, then why question it? If everyone is worrying about their looks, then worrying about our looks is what we should be doing. If everyone is maxing out their credit cards to pay for things they don’t really need, then it can’t be a problem.
If the whole planet if having a kind of collective breakdown, then unhealthy behaviour fits right in. When normality becomes madness, the only way to find sanity is daring to be different. Or daring to be the you that exists beyond all the physical clutter and mind debris of modern existence.
– Matt Haig, Notes on a Nervous Planet
- How do you feel after reading this quote? Does it resonate with how you live?
- What physical clutter no longer serves you?
- What ‘mind debris’ is bothering you lately?
- Do you think the world is having a collective breakdown?
- Are you headed for burnout?