Have you ever thought ‘nothing about me is particularly spectacular’ or ‘hmmm…right….so, what makes ME cool/different/respected?’.
Well, I have. And no, don’t get me wrong I was not depressed or stuck in a rut or living with low self esteem. Actually, that is a lie- I was stuck in a rut. But the thing is…we are all different.
I mean, that is the logic of quantum physics. For example, imagine two things so similar you think they are the same. Unfortunately, you are wrong-they cannot be the same. To quote the Thai, they are ‘same same but different’. This is because however much they are the ‘same’ they must be different because they are in a different space in the universe. This is where you come in- even though everyone is different, you may have thought that you are just one in a crowd and nothing sets you apart from the masses. Yes you are clever, yes you are funny, yes you are a jack of all trades, maybe even a master of a few. But isn’t everyone else ? How can this be? Well, this is what I thought too.
As I would like to repeat, I was in a rut. I was thinking the same old things and sticking to my old rules. And these rules aren’t even written rules-rules I think like ‘oh, you have to be older to write a book/paper’ or ‘I should stick to the same system as everyone else and not step out and do something radical’. I WAS WRONG. If you agree or think those rules, you are, in my opinion, wrong. You can do anything. I mean almost anything…if you are a person who would like to commit murders than obviously you can’t. Well, you could, but you would go to jail and everyone would hate you.
Anyway, I have taken a step into the unknown to do something different. I have stopped using the ‘old rules’ and I have made some new ones.
Rule One: Don’t remember the old rules!
Rule Two: Think outside the box. By this I mean don’t think in the same way as everyone else- use your ‘third eye’ (metaphorical, of course!)
Rule Three: Always be kind to people-not that I wasn’t before! Strangers deserve respect. You never know who you might meet- if you are rude to people/don’t treat people with respect; you are closing some doors that haven’t even been opened yet! And those doors could lead to anything!!
Rule Four: Be open-minded. You never know who you may meet/what it might lead to.
I am writing this blog because someone told me this metaphorical story:
There were two hunters going into the jungle when they came across a GIGANTIC lion (tiger would be more appropriate, but hey). Now, these hunters didn’t have any guns, they were basically the same. They stood there in shock until one of the hunters bent down to tie his shoelaces. The other hunter said ‘what are you doing?’.
‘I am tying my shoelaces’
‘Why? We’re never going to survive this’
‘Well, all I need to do is run faster than you’, he replied.
Now this shows that two people can be very, very similar but just one change, just one thought can change (or save…) your life. You need the edge. And that is what this hunter had. He used his ‘third eye’. He thought outside the box.
This is where my title comes into play…everyone just ‘shuffles’ along, doing similar things. They don’t think outside the box.
This has inspired me to motivate myself by thinking outside of the box. For example, when training for the Duke of Edinburgh for an expedition to Mozambique and Swaziland there will be times when I will need my ‘third eye’!
So I suppose the message of this first, waffle-ey blog is this:
Do a little brain training and think differently…because if you are in a jungle and suddenly there is a…lion, you will need to tie your laces!
Disclaimer: Unfortunately he was very slow and was killed later, but hey, at least he survived an extra 5/10 minutes!!