Eat Your Heart Out

I like pistachios. You like…

I like dreaming. You like…

I rather run than walk. You rather…

I enjoy my own company. You…

I love laughing, especially with friends. You…

I love to think. You…

Sometimes, I love to wander alone. You…

And the list goes on and on…

Maybe you share some of my same interest. For others, you may be exactly the opposite. Simply put, our taste buds for life and love may be the same or quite different. I guess the more important discussion in all of this really is why the heck we end up caring so much about what other people like and why we think we must change what we like because someone else does not like it. I say, eat your heart out.

We spend so much time in our lives either trying to explain (more like defend) to others why we are “different.” And some of us spend even more time throughout our lives trying to change what we like to fit what others tell us we should. Everyone has an opinion, which may indeed be valid, but then again it suits their taste buds.  Aren’t we all supposed to be as unique as a billion finger prints? Well, at least that’s what science tells us. So, why do we somehow formulate in our mind that we are somehow supposed to be like everyone else? Who am I to say what is yummy to you is nasty, good, or bad? As long as it doesn’t kill you, I say, eat your heart out.

I guess the real challenge is when those social and emotional taste differences collide and create conflict and incongruences. Herein lays a challenge of life: balancing our uniqueness among physical, emotional, and social norms of society while trying to deviate from those norms in a manner which still allows us to exist in, above, and around those norms. Go figure.

In most of my “incongruent” situations I realized that all the personal definitions of what taste “right” is often valid and warranted from experience(s) for all parties. So, over time I have to come to the conclusion that as long as the difference(s) don’t kill me, we could all be equally different, yet equally “right.” Just as we have an affinity to like different things, we are also different in our dreams, personalities, and beliefs. At the end of the day, I want to be me, not some twisted version of everyone else’s interest, taste, and ideas. You can eat liver and I will eat mussels. You can be an engineer and I will be my own version of an artist. You can say potato and I will say po-ta-to. Whatever it is, do not stop being yourself, liking whatever you like, and pursuing what you believe fits you. Because, if it fits your taste buds, and you are not harming yourself or anyone else (I am aware that this too is debatable), and doing it is what your heart desires, then it was probably meant or made for YOU. You might as well go discover why you’re as unique as your fingerprint says you are. And along the way, eat your little freaking heart out.

 

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