ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Stand Out From The Crowd: Celebrate Your Creativity, Unique Nature, and Even Your Quirkiness

Updated on June 19, 2013

Theolonious Monk - Can't Get Any Better!

Mel Torme in one of my FAV'S - Dat Dere... Oh Yeah!

Al Jarreau and George Benson A Dream to Hear

Many of us are afraid to be considered different. If we were honest with ourselves, we would admit that many of our choices from hairstyles to clothing, and even what we serve for Thanksgiving dinner is related to our desire to be seen as ‘normal’. We may want enchiladas, but we'll bake that same dry turkey even though 70% of it is still laying in storage bags in our freezer from last year. We do it to show the world....

  • “I am you” and “we are the same”...

On one hand this is a good thing. A lifestyle that is understandable and inclusive allows others to walk with you. All beating the same drum, taking the same high road. It leads to familiarity and camaraderie; which also leads to trust and even love. This is what lifelong relationships are built on for most.

Like anything taken to the extreme, this can also lead to an unfulfilling, unhealthy, dissatisfying life. Out of the need to conform and keep the same drum beat, rat-a-tat-tat, the individual loses themselves in the masses. They deny their God given personality and uniqueness.

  • “I am you”, “we are the same” if I work at it all the time, ignoring my own unique personality, gifts and talents.

We are not created to be ‘each other’. The snowflake analogy is true, when held up to the light you'll find there are no two that are just alike. Though we hold the same beliefs and values, religion, morals, and even similar backgrounds; we are meant to float down through the clouds at different paces, and each has a slightly different pattern.

  • “I am me, you are you, though we are not the same, we are very similar”.


Pat Metheney - Are You Going With Me? BEAUTIFUL!

The key is to create syncopated rhythm. Syncopation is like dancing the cha-cha to an exciting Latin jazz number… one, two, cha-cha-cha. We all dance on the beat together, as well as throwing in a quick step or two of our own to keep things exciting.

Latin Jazz is just one of my favorites. It’s the syncopation that I enjoy; but there are others too. I don’t just mean the easier to understand styles of modern jazz... Pat Metheney, Spyro Gyra, Chick Corea; lovable vocal styling’s of Mel Torme and the beautiful complexity of Al Jarreau too. Yes, these are staples, like old friends I know well. However, I also enjoy the slightly off beat, hard core, crank engine, avant garde sorts like Thelonious Monk, Coltrane, Miles Davis, and even the man in the middle: new-er kid on the block Wynton Marsalis. There's a place for them all in the house that jazz built.... World beat, fusion, classic and smooth, It’s the syncopation; together on the beat, and off beat too; just like me and you.

  • You are you, I am me, we are united in our similarities and also our ability to be ourselves; and that is a Good thing!

Do you today! It makes the world a better place. But please remember it's not just about YOU! Lets appreciate the differences and similarities found in others too. Care to dance? One - two - Cha-cha-cha!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • steffsings profile imageAUTHOR

      steffsings 

      7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Hi Aya Katz, I appreciate your comments, and I hope you dance to the beat of your own drum on occasion too. Thank you for stopping by!

    • Aya Katz profile image

      Aya Katz 

      7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Steffsings, I've never heard of this analogy! I will think long and hard about syncopation when considering the issue of being different. Thanks for this!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)