I have never been one who thinks on the lines of going along with the pack. I love to think about things outside the box and simply ask the question “why”. This in a sense makes me an independent thinker and independent doer. I love to quietly challenge the very same things that most people don’t have a problem going along with. I suppose that you can call me an old rebel soul, but to me there are things in life that just don’t make too much sense.
As the years have passed I have noticed that it is getting worse for us outside thinkers, or those of us who just don’t want to go along the same path that is written out for us. An overtone of political correctness is being used as a tool to stifle our words if we try to speak out. Many of the same people who would have been labeled as great thinkers yesterday find labels of extremist or just plain old strange.
Economists say that consumerism is the key to capitalism and without people to purchase things our economy will surely crumble. I don’t believe this at all. I am still a consumer but only make educated decisions on the quality and quantify of the items I do purchase. Times are changing and people are starting to learn that less really is more as we all have become so overwhelmed with all the noise and stuff in our lives. Each day I see more and more blogs popping up with the theme of minimalism which means that more and more people are asking the same question, “why”.
Each year the number of people seeking to visit our National Parks has grown as many are choosing a quiet week of camping over an expensive and noisy visit to Disneyland. They are finding a little bit of solitude that defines breaking away from the rollercoaster of life they are currently on. They are discovering the differences between what is natural and what is man made and what brings them joy and what brings them frustration. Of course you won’t see to many TV commercials pushing the sale of camping trips or smaller homes and you certainly will never see an infomercial with a man yelling at you with a foreign voice touting all of the benefits of living a simple life. “And if you act now we will throw in a free morning sunrise when you simply pay shipping and handling”. Yes, this will never happen and it is only those of us who think outside the box that learn of these things we have been missing.
Learn to ask that simple question, “Why” and you will begin to discover that it is much easier to say the word “No”. Even though it is much easier to simply go along we have to decide whether going along is in our best interest.
It is all a matter of making a decision to reclaim your own life and break away from the matrix we were born into. Through the powers of nature we are born and through the powers of nature we will leave this earth one day. We have to decide how we want to fill the pages in between. I will not allow another author to write my book and will rebel against the ordinary every single moment of my life for it is short but I want my chapters to long.
Asking the question “Why” may just spark something inside you that you never thought existed. I dare you to ask the question each and every time you are poised with a decision to make. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it right.