Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Everyone Is Unique

Sometimes people have convictions that they don't wear on their sleeves. In today's world, it seems like everyone is struggling to feel like they have some sort of identity, and so we latch onto something that we feel makes us unique, and then try to plaster that image as blatantly as we can across our lives so there is no mistaking just how unique we are.

And I don't mean to be cynical here, because I am probably the worst offender for this. Especially with music. I like to think that I'm SO ahead of the curve with my little indie bands. Which actually aren't little indie bands, they're HUGE indie bands, us fans just don't interact with each other so we can all feel underground. I'm so unique, just like everybody else.

What I'm getting at, is that it's incredibly refreshing when you learn that someone has something about them that makes them actually unique, but you don't learn that until you have known that person for some time. It's that guy who speaks seven languages fluently and yet doesn't order burritos at taco bell in Spanish. It's the girl that has three university degrees, yet doesn't bring them up when trying to win an argument. 

It's Mark. I've known Mark for a long time, introduced through my brother. I was going to say some of the cool things that make Mark unique, but it would kind of be counter-intuitive to my post here. Let's just say that he's got some really cool standards he lives by, yet doesn't cram them down your throat. Doesn't judge you. This is cool. This is refreshing.

Since Mark is unique, I thought this unique picture would suit.
Maybe Mark has more talents than we know??
Or maybe Grayson is playing with his toy guitar nearby... 

I'm going to try and be a little more silent about my convictions, or anything else that I feel makes me unique. Everyone and their dog has heard about a hundred times how I got dengue fever once. Oh, and look! I'm bringing it up again in a thinly-veiled attempt to pretend it wasn't on purpose. Is it sad that the only way I can feel unique is by getting diseases? 

Yes, yes it is. 

So Mark. Is cool, and taught me how to have beliefs with class. He knows everything about just about everything, but doesn't pull credentials in debates. He doesn't use his beliefs to try and justify how unique he wishes he was. The result of this is that he truly is unique. In a room full of shouting people, I find myself drawn to the person who is standing quietly. Maybe he knows something I don't. 

And we play board games, so there's that.

Yes, Ryley, you play board games, but another reason Mark is unique is because he wins them.

First time to the blog? Click here to read more about our endeavor.

No comments:

Post a Comment