I wandered off of the beaten path at an early age. There was a sense in me even then that I was different than all of the others my age. Even as a child I had no interest in doing things just because everyone else was doing them. My DNA overflows with individuality. It is my essence. It is who I am, who I want to be, and how I want to live my life.
From the second we leave our mother's womb, we are bombarded by never ending calls to conform, to do what others are doing, to be the way others are being, to live life on the well beaten path. We are discouraged and dissuaded from true individuality. It is to be an endangered species of one. To go your own way and be like no human being who has come before you or any who will come after your gone.
It is not an easy way to be. It is a difficult road to travel. There will be times when you want to give it all up. There will be times when you think you just cannot walk this path anymore. But a hidden reserve of strength has always resurfaced in those times and has rescued me and allowed me to continue one. I am on a path I have chosen. It is mine and I own it with all that is my being.
It is easy to get lost on the unbeaten path. I have done so many times in my life. But there are many people all over the world who get lost while walking on the well worn path that they had been influenced to take long ago. And now they have come to the full realization this path is not what it was said to be, not what they thought it was going to be when they choose it in a time gone past. Until now, they never asked the questions: Did I really choose this path? Or was this path chosen for me?
They had given up their individuality for conformity. They had traded difficulty for ease. They chose the path of least resistance.
There is a price to pay for choosing such a path, as is there is a price to pay for all human endeavors. Everything in life has consequences. Even the smallest of things. I am on a path I have chosen. I am the personification of true individuality. I will continue on this path until I can continue no more. And I happy and I at peace here now in this time and place. I like who I am and I am proud of the man I have become. It is the way of me. The unbeaten path of true individuality.