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Lady Gaga Gets It

Loretta LaRoche
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Oct 25, 2010 at 03:30 AM 0 comments

The one thing I keep hearing over and over about Lady Gaga is that she’s different. Her clothing, makeup, and choice of music are helping to make her a household name. Different is something that has always been a part of what human beings seek. Yet what’s interesting is that much of what’s different soon becomes ordinary as others begin to imitate and clone themselves after the original. This type of behavior is certainly not new. When I was a teenager we wore hoop skirts with crinolines. I can’t fathom why that particular trend took hold, but all of us wanted to look alike. Most of us looked like inverted lampshades, yet we didn’t seem to care. What was most important was fitting in. After all, who wants to stand out and be noticed for being an individual who thinks and walks to their own drummer?

Most of us feel more comfortable and safe fitting in and not making waves. Believe me, I’m not proposing that we should be constantly striving to be unusual, quirky, or odd, but the human spirit does need to reinvent itself periodically.

Living day to day in the same old way creates a spiritual boredom that can become the death knell for our vitality and energy. I have met a host of individuals who never want to try anything new. Even their food choices are relegated to a menu that is bland and consistently familiar. After conversing with them I feel that I would rather spend time watching my faucet drip. Start asking family and friends if they feel you might be stuck in a time warp. Perhaps it’s time to revamp your mind, body and spirit. I’ve always been fascinated with eccentrics. Dr. David Weeks from Edinburgh University in Scotland has found that eccentrics are healthier and live longer. The people Weeks studied went to doctors only one-sixteenth as often as other adults.

Inside all of us lurks a self that yearns to be a little outside of the box. You don’t have to go so far as to stand naked in front of your house.  Start slowly, perhaps by wearing a loud pair of underwear, or choosing cheddar cheese for your hamburger rather than American. Every time you choose to be different it stretches your brain’s capabilities. It also makes you more of a surprise, which makes life feel more like a party than a funeral procession.

 

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Choose one activity today that will get you out of your box and watch how you will smile!

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