Being different and standing alone may be one of the hardest thing you’ll ever do. But you’ll be noticed more on your own than you ever will be in a crowd…….Livonne
The easy thing is to blend in. Do what everyone else is doing. Say what everyone else is saying. Be what everyone else is being. But can you really think what everyone is thinking? Your thoughts are all your own. They may be completely at odds to the popular thinking but does that make them wrong?
Those who said the world was round thought differently to everyone who thought it was flat. They stood alone in a world of doubters and were proven right. Your ideas may not be right but they might not be wrong either. It’s the dreamers who are prepared to embrace their uniqueness that have made the world a greater place. They have dared to be different.
Do you sometimes look at your art and think that it’s too different to everyone else’s so it mustn’t be as good? I know I do. I didn’t do art for a long time because what I did didn’t look like everyone else’s, so I assumed they were right and I was wrong. Yet in art there is no right or wrong. In photography, so many people get caught up in the “rules”. When I say that the rule of thirds is merely a suggestion, not a cast in stone rule, I get funny looks by traditionalists.
It doesn’t matter because I’m finally at a stage in my life where I’m happy to stand alone in my thinking. If everyone in the whole, wide world did exactly the same art, no matter how wonderful, the person who dared to create a different kind of art would suddenly be noticed. They would stand out in the crowd.
Don’t be afraid to be different. As the saying goes, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” It’s the dreamers and the rebels who dare to bring change to the world. In a world of beige, be a rainbow. You may not fit in with everyone else but I guarantee you’ll be noticed.