On Compliance

I’m currently watching my neighbor look for his cat… again. It’s a daily thing. This has nothing to do with anything, but I had to tell someone.

On a completely different note –

Do you ever stop and think about how the world demands compliance? Ever notice how a non-compliant person gets put into a box? You might recognize these boxes as “crazy”, “down on their luck”, “unsuccessful”, “sad”…

If someone makes their own rules, they might not be any of those things. They might just be doing what they want. And I would argue that that makes them: “sane”, “fortunate”, “successful”, “happy”…

Of course you’re allowed to be different. As long as you stay on trend and do it with the proper level of nonchalance, the right tattoo placement, and a good eyebrow girl to make you look “just natural enough”.

If you were never told that: Adam Levine’s tattoos looked good, or that Lizzo’s detox cleanse was a real game changer, or that the right way to get a “no makeup” look is with the right makeup (seriously…), or that the road to success was with a college degree and a square nuclear family… what would you do?

If it were up to you – what would you do?

How would you define success? How would you live your life?

Would you chase marriage, a degree, a career, a pension? Would you live off the land, go off grid, or raise all of the chickens? Would you watch TV on your front lawn and throw cheese curls at the neighbor’s dog?

Think about it. For yourself – not for everyone else.

It’s your life, and you have the power to decide and do what feels good to you. It’s a daily challenge to do what you want, but there is nothing more rewarding than creating your own life.

Do it for you.

I think he found his cat. And I will let him decide if he’s happy about it.

… throw cheese curls at the neighbor’s dog?

Published by Marisa Flask

I have a great desire to bring the ordinary to life. I think life is at once more beautiful, and more simple, than we have been taught to believe.

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