I’ve observed something very odd over the last 20 years. People want to be special, different, unique.

You want to stand out from the crowd. You don’t want to be just another lemming. You don’t want to follow. 

Of course there are always exceptions, so if you’re starting to mumble to yourself, “wait a second, I like to follow, and I want to be like everyone else, I like to play it safe and blend in…” then I’m not talking to you, and you’re the exception, not the rule. 

What’s ironic about people’s attempt at becoming unique, special, or different is in their effort to achieve this, they inevitably follow the crowd. 

I see this EVERYWHERE.

“I want to be different; I’m gonna get a tattoo.” You and everyone else honey.

“I want to be unique; I’m gonna dress with baggy pants hanging past my butt.” (ok this trend is finally starting to go a way at least a little) You and everyone else buddy.

“I want to be special, so I’m gonna start a business and use #hustle EVERY FREAKING WHERE.” Um, yeah, you and a zillion other dufuses on Instagram.

Your gauges, crazy piercings, crummy clothes, and tattoos do NOT make you unique, special, or different. They just don’t, have you looked at your peers?

Now I’m not saying don’t get that tattoo you’ve always wanted, by all means, GET IT DONE if you want it. 

What I AM saying is that what makes you unique, what makes you special is the person you are and the way you interact in the relationships you have developed. 

It’s WHO you are that makes you special, NOT what you look like, or even what you do. 

So embrace you, embrace the person you are, and the relationships you have developed. Stop trying to be someone else, no matter how freaking cool you think they are and just be you.

Also, think twice before getting that tattoo, you’re gonna have it a while, and it’s gonna hurt! 😉


~Chris Behnke

Inspiration from Instagram post:

Don’t be afraid to be who you are.

Love the hike up Saddle Mountain near #seasideoregon

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