The other day I was out running errands when I overheard a conversation between a little boy and his mother. She was trying to get him to try on a pair of plain blue rubber boots. He preferred the pink ones with neon dots.
“These ones match your jacket,” the mother reasoned. Clearly this conversation had been going on for a while.
“But I don’t want them to the match. The same is boring,” he said.
Kids are brilliant.
Before they even know what the word means, kids know that conformity is terribly boring. I wholeheartedly agree. And yet, I often find myself attempting to be like everyone else around me… Maybe we should all just stop and celebrate our eccentricities instead of trying to hide them. Here’s a sampling of mine:
1. I have NEVER used our dryer. I got a clothes horse several years ago, and I’ve never looked back. I love hanging up laundry. It smells fresher, it’s not wrinkled, clothes last longer, and in the summer, the sun bleaches my whites (this is especially awesome since I use cloth diapers!).
2. I make my own deoderant. During pregnancy, my skin statted to get super sensitive to everything and anything, including my anti-perspirant. I started looking for a viable alternative with a lot less packaging. I found a recipe of cornstarch and baking soda online and I’ve been using it ever since. Now I can’t stand the smell of commercial products and when I use them, they burn my skin.
What makes you different? Please share!