“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” Ralph Waldo Emerson
How many people simply do what others do in order to fit in? We may claim to be free thinkers, but are we?
Emerson was right. Walking the existing path is easy. The problem with that is too many of us do the same thing and expect to get a huge payoff. The payoff comes when we march to the beat of our own drum. This is not a new idea folks. Schools now crank out high school graduates who are not capable of original thoughts. If they question the teachers, or think outside the box, they are mocked.
Try being different as a kid and tell me where it gets you.
As a young child I was teased every single day. I was the shortest kid with the longest hair, who was cross eyed, and left handed. I could change none of this and as a result got chased home by bullies every day after school. Bullying is still a serious problem in many schools. The biggest challenge is that educators seem to not take the problem seriously at all. What can be done? More importantly, what will be done to the kids who bully others?
Where are the parents of bullies? Do they even know or care what their kids are up to? Just this past week, a ten year old girl cut her hair and donated it to make wigs for cancer patients. Her good deed did not go unpunished. She is now being bullied so much her mother pulled her out of school.
I hope this kindhearted young lady does not start viewing the world as a horrible place because of a few cruel kids. What she did is compassionate beyond her years. This is the sometimes unfortunate result of walking your own way instead of following the crowd. One day, this nation which once was proud, will be full of yellow-bellies who are terrified to speak up.
Walking your own path is scary, but well worth it.
What do you think? Should such a kind act wind up the subject of ridicule? Who do you think should be held accountable?