the bridge.

14 11 2010

Think about some of the things adults told you as a kid to keep you from following the crowd.

It seems that adults are intent on keeping youth from caving in to peer pressure.

I remember teachers, youth leaders, parents saying, “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?

That was the cliched saying that was meant to keep kids from following their friends into temptation…

“and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit.” (1 Nephi 8:27)

Most of our childhood is spent with adults telling us to avoid peer pressure and not to worry about the people pointing fingers at you because you’re different.

Then one day, everything changes….

Suddenly everyone wants you to conform.

Go to college.
Do an internship.
Get married.
Have kids.
Buy a house.
Retire.

Now if you don’t follow the crowd you’re the one looked down on.
Now you’re supposed to worry about the pointing fingers.

What changes between childhood and adulthood?

Responsibility?

Yeah, that’s gotta be it…

Well, I don’t believe anything has to change.

And neither does this Chris Guillebeau, author of “The Art of Non-Conformity” blog.

When I lived with the crew in the Slate house we always talked about how we we didn’t want a traditional life.

None of us wanted to be part of just another suburban family driving a mini-van around with our 4 kids and dog.

*Not that there is anything wrong with that. We just didn’t feel like it was for us.

But that is very frowned upon in our culture – you are expected to do all of those things.

But just because it’s expected doesn’t mean you have to…

? Have you ever wanted something more than a normal life?

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