Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers will grow.
-Vincent van Gogh
It is easy to go along with what everyone else is doing, with what everyone else is saying. But is easy the right way?
Easy might be the right way for some but through easy comes no success. You can only succeed if you try hard and try something no one or only a few have done.
It is a bumpy road and sometimes with your thoughts and ideas you will stand alone but that is because everyone else is following the usual … normality.
Most often it is our first instinct not to stand out and just go with the crowd. But everything we do is led by who we are. We see everything from our own perspective.
But that is the point; there are over seven billion people in the world, if we all go the same way it will lead to nothing.
Nothing new will rise and no changes will be made, although changes are a requirement to grow and to go on with life.
Normality is a paved road but also a crowded place. That is because by taking a different path there will always be judgement because that is how we are. We are critical about others. Not only because we often think that different opinions than our own are wrong but also because we are jealous. We are jealous of those who are brave enough to have taken a different road because they did what we are so fearful of.
Just as an example: Travel blogger or photographer.
Most people out there choose a job with a clear financial income e.g. they work in an office where every day is routine. And come on – most of those are not happy with what they are doing.
But you learn from a young age on, a lot of children start with the wish of being a princess or a footballer but as they grow they will have other dreams, one of the reasons for that is because those careers are not as likely to happen.
To take myself as an example, I grew up wanting to be so many things: goalkeeper, builder, wanted to own a farm, an archaeologist and so on. Almost a year ago I started to think about what I want to do after school and really got into the idea of becoming a photographer. And you just notice the reputation of that career in the reaction of people when I tell them of my dream. Some are really supportive of that but others are like “Just another dreamer”.
And that is how the whole topic is approached; bloggers and photographers (and many more) are often not seen as real jobs because it is different from what most people do for their living.
Although different might be harder it is the way to make flowers grow.
See you soon at our next destination!