The notion that what someone else is doing is wrong, because it is different, causes a lot people a lot of unnecessary pain. My daughter didn’t carry a cell phone for years and years. Even now that she’s succumbed to pressure to get a cell phone, she doesn’t carry it in her pocket, day and night, and she often forgest to charge it. When she misplaces her phone (often), it’s never as easy as calling it to locate it, because she doesn’t notice that it’s missing until it’s long since lost its charge. She just doesn’t feel compelled to be connected and available, to the whole world all day every day.
People actually get angry about this, think she’s irresponsible; somehow calling her landline just isn’t good enough. She isn’t doing anything wrong; she’s just behaving differently from how they choose to behave. She’s just being herself…not trying to be them.
Remember, peculiar often merely means “not like you.” Different isn’t bad. Strange isn’t scary. Your abnormal is someone else’s normal. It’s all good! Thank goodness for diversity!
Over on the Smiley-a-Day you can see all the other fun holidays that fall on January 10th.
Smile. be happy. Be happier!
Photo: Cell Phone Smiley. This one’s an oldy but a goody. The new Smart phones–not so smiley.