“If a man does not keep pace with his
companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let
him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple-tree or
an oak. Shall he turn his spring into summer?”
― Henry David Thoreau
What amazes me is not so much how out of step I seem to be with the world around me but how many others there are who at one time or another match my steps. Oh not totally and we each perform them in our own pace and style yet it makes me wonder at times who does keep pace. Is there a mainstream anymore or is there just an illusion of one that so many got to procrustean lengths to either match it or avoid doing so at any costs? I long ago gave up trying to fit any form of mainstream society but also to not fight against it. I will be myself and walk my path and give thanks for the companions I meet along the way.
As much as possible I have given up even trying to describe myself in terms of demographics either belief wise, politically, nationally or sexually because no box quite fits who i am. I believe this to be true of many of us and yet we keep trying to make things fit that just won’t…
That’s ok tho… If my path is my own at least I’ve been working at making the company good and at one time or another it turns out that for steps or miles almost everyone becomes a companion.
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Reunion by G A Rosenberg