Most of us are sheep as one of my friend likes to say. We do what everyone else wants to do whether it’s what we want or not. We do it whether it’s the right thing to do. We do it because if we don’t do it, we will be judged, or made fun of, or just not as cool.
I went to a bachelorette party a few years ago. The emails sent to us provided us with instructions on the usual information. One of the things we had to do was book the flight to Las Vegas. I’m a chicken when it comes to flying even though I will do it if necessary. Vegas, being a 3 hour drive, didn’t seem necessary to me. I’m also stingy (at the time I was unemployed so I was stingier than normal). So I told the person in charge of planning that I will be driving myself there. She asked me for weeks if I was sure. Anyways, so when I finally got there a few hours later than the people who took a plane, some of those girls told me that if they had known I was driving, they would have come with me. Apparently, the organizer didn’t mention to them I was driving and no one asked. They just assumed everyone was flying. They followed what they were given instructions to do.
Now I know this isn’t a life or death situation. It doesn’t change the course of history or help our community at all. My point is sometimes it’s just worth challenging what you are being told or what you know. If we don’t raise our hands and ask the question, there is a chance that nobody else will either.
We all have thoughts. One thing that drives me crazy is when people pretend that they don’t. Something I believe in strongly is that if there are two people or more working on something together, the best product will come out of that partnership because the crap will get questioned, more ideas will get shared, and only the best stuff will be approved by both. That only works as long as both people share what they are thinking and don’t just agree to everything that one person says.
Trust me. If you’re thinking something, there’s a pretty good chance there are others thinking it too. So speak up. Maybe you will be judged by the masses. But does that matter? The masses are the people just following what they were told to do anyways. Maybe you won’t be as cool or people will make fun of you. I’ve definitely made some decisions in my life that have caused gossip and rumors. Haven’t we all?
But maybe, for once, you will get what you want instead of what someone else wanted. Doesn’t that make it worth taking a chance?