Have you ever found yourself in a state of bewilderment at the exquisite intricacies and differences of the human race? We’ve all heard the maxim “To each, his own!” This saying endorses the premise that every person is entitled to his or her own personal preferences, tastes, etc.
No two people are exactly alike. Our brains are precisely wired in order to highlight our specific quirks and qualities. (There are some with a short or loose connection throughout the circuitry of their brain but that’s a topic for another time). I can’t describe the immense looks of abhorrence and dismay that splashes across the faces of individuals once they discover that I detest (with a passion) the death in a jar referred to as peanut butter. I guess I was traumatized at a young age by a family member’s decision to use the same knife when making a PB&J (peanut butter and jelly) sandwich. I wanted a J sandwich and always got putrid traces of PB. Its nuances like those that serve as the cement used to foundation of our individuality. Imagine how drab this world be if we were carbon-copy drone like clones of each other lacking free will or cognitive skills.
“No one should part with their individuality and become that of another.” – William Ellery Channing
If you yield up the qualities that define your individuality, you would have in essence robbed those around you of experiencing of getting to know you.
Don’t allow become a less attractive generic version of someone else!
Today I made an impromptu stop into the grocery store (aka Wal-Mart) today to purchase a few essentials. One of the items on my list was a gallon of milk. We all know milk is usually kept at the back of the most stores. This is due to the fact that milk is usually a sunk cost. It is sold at a low price (maybe even a loss) by a store in the hope that it would attract customers to the store. Store owners feel if a customer enters the store to buy milk, by the time he/she gets to the milk he/she will already have picked up a few other items to purchase on the way to the milk (end of the economics lesson for the day). I made the voyage to the back of the store to buy milk. When I arrived at the milk aisle I thought “I wonder how many people just simply reach in and grab the first bottle of milk their hand touches?” “Are there people out there that don’t take the time to check the expiration dates of food?”
Whenever I purchase milk or food items I perform a TSA security screening of the expiration dates on the products. I search high and low for the gallon of milk with the expiration date that is the furthest away. I would stand there and look for however long it takes. If need be, I would single out a few gallons of milk, remove them from the line and perform a more extensive search of expiration dates. I’m sure there are things that you may do that may be deemed weird by someone else. We all have our quirks that make us unique. No two people are exactly alike and that’s what makes this world such an amazing place to live. “Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.” -Johann von Goethe
Continue to be who you are and embrace the quirks that make you an individual!