Ever feel lost in a crowd?
A place or setting where you are indistinguishable from everyone else?
You kind of end up feeling you’re simply just a number and perhaps at times even less than a number.
Unfortunately, it can be a feeling we often get.
And that’s the point, it is simply at times a “feeling.”
And I get that the “feeling” can be exceedingly strong and in some instances can be perpetrated and reinforced by and in the situation you find yourself.
Although these wildflowers look almost identical, closer inspection would reveal that each one has individual characteristics about them.
There are differences and although they might be only slight ones at that, there are differences for sure.
Size of the flower head; perhaps the number of petals may be different or there may be slight variations in colour.
The point is that they are not all the same.
One point to remember is that “feelings” can be a fickle companion at the best of times.
Because “feelings” are simply that – “feelings.” They may and often don’t represent the reality of the situation.
They are often a result of where we are emotionally and mentally at any one point in our lives. For example, if we’re at a low point emotionally, we may “feel” that everyone is against us; or we “feel” that no one likes us; or have “a feeling” that what we contribute in life has no meaning at all.
I must admit, it is difficult to compare wildflowers that all appear the same in a photograph to the human condition of “feeling lost in a crowd.”
But, nevertheless, we do at times have that feeling we’re simply “lost in a crowd.”
Looking back at that picture again, the flowers certainly for the most appear all the same. Looking closer though, they all are individual flowers, even if they look and appear to be identical.
Individual. Now there’s an interesting word.
Right now, we could go a thousand different directions here in this post. But lets for the moment keep the word “individual” swirling around.
I do think these days that conformity within the context of our society is the expected and accepted norm.
Do this, but don’t do that. Be this and don’t be that. And all of that is true to some extent.
However, at some point along the spectrum, it does tend to strip the “individualism” out of people, though. When we start to lose a sense of “who and what we are” as individuals, the next logical is that we “all look and appear the same.”
So, how can we be a “blue penguin” when everyone else around us are “brown penguins?”
Remember that whole “feelings” can be a fickle companion deal?
If we “feel lost in a crowd”, then we probably are “lost in the crowd.”
If we “feel lost” it may mean that a part of us is lost. Part of who we are and what defines us has slipped away to some extent.
We are all wonderfully crafted individuals, each with unique skills and abilities that add necessary and needed elements and pieces of this mosaic called life.
When we can rediscover the passion; the purpose in our life; the “who and what we are”; the thing that defines us; the thing that makes us the “individual” that we are, then we will be a “blue penguin” in a crowd of “brown penguins.”
Stop blending in with all that is around you.
If you feel lost in a crowd, then it is time to stand up in order to stand out.
It’s okay if your purpose in life is to be a “square peg” when trying to fit in a “round hole.”
In fact, often the quirkier you are; the better.
Quirky is good; be a blue penguin; don’t be a brown penguin.
Remember, feelings are simply feelings and there is no need for you and me to feel lost in a crowd.
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