Most people live their lives based on social interactions and societal expectations. Many would think it normal that going out every weekend and drinking alcohol is just what you do and is the way of life. As a writer I imagine that I look at things in a slightly different way. Writers must be conscious and take a step back from what has been engraved into their minds, along with every other person living on Earth. We are brain washed in a way, made to think that we must live life a certain way. This makes people crazy sometimes. They see those who would conflict with this way of living, even if the deviation is only slight. It confuses them and makes them mad. They can’t work out in their little brains how one would live differently. This makes these people violent and unruly. They think the only way to remedy this ‘problem’ they think is a problem is to commit an atrocious act of violence against innocent people who might not like to act the same or believe in the same things.
I think i've lived a life that’s made me susceptible to these kinds of horrible treatments. I actively promote living differently and thinking in ways that are not the norm. This is a way of life that makes me happy because being different can get you far. It introduces a new way of thinking and that can only be a good thing. The thing is though, i’ve never been the victim of any kind of violent behaviour. I feel very lucky to have lived all these years and not ended up in hospital or lying in a ditch beaten up because of how I look. I would say it’s because i’ve hidden well. I have in the way that I live in the same small town that I was born in, I have never been in a big city outside for an extended amount of time in a darkness containing the monsters of the night such as muggers and conservative thinkers. in many ways i’ve lived quite a solitary life. So far this has kept me safe. Yet, I feel like i’ve missed out on some things that I might have experienced in the darkness such as night time parties and festivals.
Really I think the best way to both feel safe being different and also live your best fullest life is to not care. It’s to plan well for the possibilities of being in unsafe places, planning to tell people where you will be, who you will go with and most importantly, finding events and places that are full of people who think like you too. The kindest people in this world, I have found, are the free thinkers, the hippies and those who are different in all the best ways. These are the people you should surround yourself with, because they are also great bodyguards when they need to be. Don’t mess with the free thinkers, unless you want to be hurt.
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