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Normality, conformity and acceptance

People are wired to maintain their balance by avoiding what is diverse and uncomfortable.
This thought helped me understand people that are different from me, because I didn’t use to think like them.
Since I can remember I’ve always been very fascinated by diversity and this distinguished me from the majority of people and the way they think.
So this premise made it difficult for me to relate to most people and to fit in with everybody else.
In any case I don’t feel abnormal or anything of that sort. Only I am wired to think differently than most, probably because as a child I spent a lot of time by my self and that fuelled my imaginative and creative abilities.
Now, I found huge value in my way of thinking – that is when I’ve been allowed to put it in action by a scared conformist world – during my life.
Even then, I came to change my thinking after all because of interactions with people who are different from me that harmed me in a few occasions. And that made me question my view and thoughts.

“You must have wished a million times to be normal.”
“No.”
“No?”
“I’ve wished I had two heads. Or that I was invisible. I’ve wished for a fish’s tail instead of legs. I’ve wished to be more special.”
“Not normal?”
“Never.”
― Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

“Almost everyone prefers normality because normality brings comfort and security. But when you think about it, normality hinders the reason why you are on this earth.”
― Euginia Herlihy



 

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Fear

Fear is a primal instinct and everybody has some. And for good reasons: everybody should have fears. Because it keeps you alert, ready to react to danger, prepared to overcome undesired situations.
The way to deal with fear is to acknowledge it and do something constructive about it.
In other words, taking charge of your fears. Most of all, this is the premise to being a strong, grounded person.
For me, the moment I became fully aware of this concept meant a significant shift in my life perspective and actualization. Suddenly, my focus became quite more accurate and direct and that has allowed me to refuse the nonsense from my existence.

 



 

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Relief

For years I believed to have found my dream job, the fulfilling job that everyone searches and it’s so difficult to find.
And many people never discover. I am talking about the kind of job that you work so hard to pinpoint and that is the perfect career for you.
It turned out that I wasn’t the right fit for that industry. And I gave it up because that is how things go.
In the end, it wasn’t worth the trouble anymore.

What happened after that it’s the most surprising thing of all: the strongest sense of relief that I have ever felt in my entire life.

“…the habit of falling hardens the body, reaching the ground, to in itself, is a relief.”
— José Saramago (Blindness)

“I felt lighter when I had finished, and for once emptiness was a sweet relief and a condition to be treasured.”
— Rachel Hartman

 



 

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Freedom

When living abroad, I realized at some point that freedom is only there for you if you fight for it and it isn’t a given …
It might look like we live in a time where freedom is a conquered and granted right, well that’s not true.
In reality, people are used to give away their freedom, and the responsibility that comes with it, because they don’t know what to do with them.

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”
― Rosa Luxemburg

 



 

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Tell a lie

Many times I was told that I am too honest and direct with people and that it would earn me more enemies than friends in life. So I finally came up with a practice to change that: I try to tell a lie at least once a week. I really have to make an effort to remember this practice and keep it going, but I am pretty confident that I’ll get use to it and will get easier and easier with time. This ‘tell a lie’ exercise is also stimulating my creativity and self-awareness, while having some fun in the process, because often I need to come up with a story and being convincing while doing it. I bet I’ll start seeing some solid results in no time and my brutal honesty will become a memory of the past!

 



 

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Self Discovery

“If I were surrounded by people who always approved of me, I wouldn’t need such a deep relationship with my own sense of right and wrong. And you know what that means? It means that other people’s approval is actually a hindrance, more than a helper, when it comes to self-discovery.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

 



 

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Growth

“The most profound personal growth does not happen while reading a book or meditating. It happens in the throes of conflict, when you are angry, afraid, frustrated. It happens when you are doing the same old thing and you suddenly realize that you have a choice.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

 



 

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Artwork

Creating artwork is how I escape from the daily routine and direct attention on experiencing my creative side, expressing my imagination and energy and expanding my inner world to multidimensional possibilities.
Artistic activities bring clarity, spirituality, holistic power in my life and allow an alignment with my true nature. This then translates in a more intentional approach to living a conscious life.