I looked at my blogstats this morning and it became crystal clear to me – you all like noise. Or at least it doesn’t bother you, since there weren’t very many hits on that post.
It shouldn’t surprise me. Besides being an eclectic woman, I have always been in the minority. Not racially or culturally, like my Lakota friends. But almost always choosing the thing chosen by the minority or taking the path less traveled. For example, I sometimes wonder whether it’s worth my time to vote for President, since I rarely have chosen a winner. That isn’t why I vote for a particular candidate, but it is a fact. And when I finally voted for the right guy, he still didn’t win (thanks, Florida). That’s right, I do think Al Gore won. But that’s enough politics, which I really don’t like to discuss much.
In the past year I saw a poll to determine who had what electronic gadget. According to the results, something like 90% of respondents had cell phones. Not me. MP3 players? Lots of them, but not me. IPOD? Likewise, lots of them, but not me. Big screen TV’s? Home theater system? Paid for their kids college education? No, no, no …
It is the same with vacation destinations. Visit Cape Cod in summer? Never, though thousands do. Visit Yellowstone in July or August? No. Prefer the spring and fall for many reasons. Cooler weather is no problem – it’s really better for me. (Exception will be made next summer for Alaska – prefer to go there when it’s a bit warmer.) I would never visit Disney World in the peak season of the summer. I went to Ottawa, Canada in the winter – primary reason was a hockey game, but got to skate on the Rideau Canal as well. Can’t do that in summer.
I didn’t smoke when that was still popular and legal to do in buildings. Still don’t though it’s obvious that there are many who do, as evidenced by those huddled around doorways outside workplaces. I don’t drink very much – didn’t even in my “wild” teen years.
I’m not addicted to shopping. I hate going to malls. I like to go to a store with a specific item in mind, find it, buy it and leave. None of this spending time in malls and spending money for this gal. Kind of bucks the trend. Lots of people have become compulsive – impulsive – obsessive shoppers.
I still find going to church rewarding at a time when church attendance is waning. I never thought that my kids activities (soccer, scouts, etc) ever trumped family times. I never thought my kids were the most important people in my family – everyone had value and so did my marriage and spouse. Boy, did I ever feel like I was bucking the tide on that one!! In fact, please don’t be shocked, I said NO to my children. Scandalous and certainly not the trend.
I never wore clothing just because it was the “in” style of the season. I wore what I liked and what worked for me. I’m a female, but I was never into excess clothes. I have a shirt that I bought over 10 years ago that I still wear. It’s comfortable, it’s still in relatively good shape, and it’s kind of — ummm – retro – yeah, that’s it, retro.
Because of my foot problems and fibromyalgia, I wear walking shoes and “granny” shoes with support most of the time. Comfort, not style, dictate my choice.
I would never do well on a game show that required to know people’s most popular or frequent answer, like “Family Feud.” I would be picking the things I could think of, and those are never the most popular choices.
Yesterday was a case in point. We went to the new Harry Potter movie. I do like the books. But I think I’m going to give up on the movies. The books are far more rich in detail. The movies are much too dark – I don’t mean dark as in evil, I mean dark as in no light. Very difficult for this 50-something to watch. Maybe the eyes are going. I sure the majority of folks will like the movie.
So I have no vices, I don’t like what everyone else likes, I don’t go where everyone else goes and I don’t need what so many people think they need. But I’m not boring. I’m more like the contrasting thread in a fabric design or the oasis in the desert or the verse rather than the refrain in a song. I’m also happy this way.
My son gave me a “Far Side” cartoon that said it all. Picture a flock of sheep in a meadow, grazing. One sheep in the middle of the flock is standing on his 2 back feet instead of all fours. And he’s speaking to the sheep surrounding him, “Wait a minute! We don’t have to be sheep!! Look!! We can be different!!” He is, of course, ignored by the sheep.
Think of me as a rebel sheep. Think of yourself that way, too. Make a conscious choice not to follow like a sheep. Choose a path less traveled. I guarantee you will be amazed by your surroundings. If enough of us buck the tide of excess political correctness and following the crowd, perhaps we’ll have a chance to make this country dynamic again.
P.S. For those of you who have an interest in the Lakota Nation, I have added two new links to my blogroll:
- For newspaper readers, a newspaper on Pine Ridge: The Lakota Country Times – news and interesting columns. Updated on Thursday or Friday each week. www.lakotacountrytimes.com
- For those who like radio, there is a public radio station on Pine Ridge: KILI radio, the Voice of the Lakota Nation – they have music (Native & non-native), news, public service announcements, “swap shop,” local sporting events (high school basketball), and interesting banter from time to time. They are on the air at 90.1 FM in Porcupine, SD or 88.7 FM in Rapid City, SD. Even better – you can go to their website and connect to listen to them “live streaming over the internet” – so you can listen anywhere in the world! The website is: www.kiliradio.org