Trendy vs Original

Happy 2015 folks!  I've finally decided to add a blog section to my site to communicate anything and everything that comes to mind.  Today, I feel it's necessary to address something that everyone should assess for themselves.  Who are you?  I'm not asking you to think about a general life synopsis, but more to think about what makes you tick.

Ever since I can remember, I've never really "fit in."  Being the cool kid was not a reality, but really was never a concern of mine.  From my style of dress, music I listened to, likes and dislikes; they never really came across as "cool." 

 My birthday party, two days before my 9th birthday.  Flipped brim bicycle hat, cheap mirrored sunglasses resting on the brim, and a poorly silk-screened over sized t-shirt. (Not pictured: purple and green shorts that were about 4 inches above my knees.)

My birthday party, two days before my 9th birthday.  Flipped brim bicycle hat, cheap mirrored sunglasses resting on the brim, and a poorly silk-screened over sized t-shirt. (Not pictured: purple and green shorts that were about 4 inches above my knees.)

I realize now it's because I was never one to follow a trend or find acceptance through what was popular.  A perfect example is something I laugh about because it's foolish, but most will find shocking.  I never owned a pair of Jordans until 2014, and full disclosure, it wasn't by choice.  I discovered that I had worn a hole in my sneaker one day and on a break from work I walked down the street to footlocker.  Since I don a size 14, my choices are and always have been limited, considering there have been a hand full of times during my seven years living in New York City where I've actually been able to walk into a store and walk out with a pair of shoes.

I figured that after high school, that the fad of popularity had worn off as people mature and grow.  As I begin my third decade on this earth, I realize I was sorely mistaken.  It's amazing to me how reactive people can be if you do not like, agree or conform to a trend, and frankly it's pretty sad.  I know now that the fear of being different, or unlike others, drives people to do whatever necessary to fit into a clique, even if it means ignoring morality.

Bottom line, I enjoy being myself...Shit, my favorite movie of all time is "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory"!  My point is simple, just be yourself.  Don't hide behind trend just to gain acceptance.  I know for a fact that in some circumstances, my individuality is looked at as a personality difference, but if being two faced is needed to make people comfortable, those people will have to remain uncomfortable.

Be your true self.

-G