One of my favorite quotes is by Emma Watson, “Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.”
Imagine that you are standing amid a cornfield. It’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining, the breeze is constant and there is not a cloud in the sky. You see corn stalks high above and feel the rustling of leaves limiting your movement. At some point, you must make your way through the cornfield. No harm or hurry but you can’t stand stagnant forever. You notice several paths in front of you. You also notice there is plenty of field that has not yet been explored. You hear that while embarking on the voyage ahead, taking a path created by a previous traveller is the conventional choice to make because you know where it leads. You also hear that if you create your own path, difficulties arise but also does the reward.
Each one of us has the ability to carve our own path. The cornfield may already be full of trails and if we follow, we will be following the same path as the one who created it. Who knows how many people have embarked upon it already. If everyone takes the same path leading them to the same destination, will there be new discoveries? New adventure? Our natural ability to evolve may vanish.
However, you may feel the urge to explore the unknown. The mystery and the unexpected excites you. You enjoy adventure and want to take your own approach. You like your style and trust your judgement without the persuasion of outside noise. You realize the choice is yours to make regardless of what anyone has done before you.
More than we realize, people have the urge to break the norm. Unfortunately, many do not because they are afraid of the unfamiliar. They are afraid of an uncertain territory. They would rather feel familiar than truly happy.
Which path will you take?