The Fear of MEDIOCRITY

Webster say’s: me·di·oc·ri·ty  /mēdēˈäkrətē/

Noun.

  1. The quality or state of being mediocre.
  2. A person of mediocre ability

ME·DI·OC·RI·TY scares the CRAP out of me! I say it’s being:

Average. mediocrity

Ordinary.

Standard.

Usual.

Normal.

Typical.

Common.

Customary.

Regular.

Everyday.

The idea that I was conceived, built, grown and launched into this world to be nothing more than “Run-of-the-mill” is simply unacceptable. Some may see this as a silly, contrived fear.

How can someone find fear in being average?

Average is safe. That’s why we all strive to achieve the same things in life…

…safety, security and sanctuary free from scrutiny. No one second guesses the standard process.

No one questions the usual path. Because people who brake free from mediocrity aren’t normal…

…they’re radicals, rebels, and rabble-rousers. They wipe their ass with typical.

Typical is the murderer of thought… the defiler of the idea… the jailer of genius.

Typical is the synapse you’ve already burned into that genius brain of yours…

…that genius brain of mine, and it leads right to the lizard brain.

The lizard brain wants us all to be the same.

A flock of geese.

A herd of cattle.

Middle management.

The lizard brain tells us to avoid trouble… “Don’t rock the boat…” and we listen. So we put in the time, we pay your dues and we pray that someday everything works out.

That the cubicle will become an office…

That the hourly wage will become a salary…

That the job will become a career…

That our sensibility will become success…

…hopefully.

Mediocrity is a choice.

We don’t choose to die. Even if we did, it was going to happen eventually anyway. Why fear something you can’t avoid? Not that I want to die, I certainly don’t, but fear of death just doesn’t seem to make sense.

Death isn’t a choice.

But fear courses through my veins at the possibility of living a typical life. Debilitating, gut-wrenching, sweat-inducing fear. Fear of expectations not achieved. Fear of childhood dreams cast aside for the security of a life not questioned, not critiqued…

Fear of never really being a live.

Never taking a risk.

Never putting myself on display, naked and alone, vulnerable to inquisition.

Never feeling the pain of defeat… of failure.

Fear of average.

Fear of being picked 5th for dodge ball.

Fear of being no different from you. I don’t mean better than you, I mean different. How can I add value to your life if our regular lives are exactly the same.

Am I supposed to help you become more typical? More mediocre? More regular?

I fear mediocrity and not death because one is my choice and one is inevitable. When I death becomes me and I’m given the opportunity to look back on my life it will be my choices that yield regret. See… I want to dent the world in whatever way I can. Not because I have some unique gift others are incapable of providing…

…but rather I have the willingness to do so.

Creation Destroys Mediocrity

Ahhhh…

Creation.

My friend. The bright light in our would be dark, mediocre lives.

Creation is my prayer, my meditation, my savior from leading a mediocre life. And honestly there is no method to my creation madness. Maybe one day it’s fabricating a new word to describe something I don’t understand. The next it might be making my wife laugh so hard she has to pee.

Today’s it’s writing. My point is this…

Mediocrity is a derivative of our surrender to the lizard brain.

The lizard brain says don’t create, don’t stick out, don’t be different. There is no safety or security in being different. Stand out and you will be scrutinized, you will be criticized, you will experience failure and you will feel pain.

Listen to the lizard brain and you will be safe, you will be secure and you will be mediocre. But you will never experience what if feels like to be completely awesome, even if only for a moment…

…and you will certainly never be the person you were conceived, built, grown and launched into this world to become. Mediocrity scares the CRAP out of me! But as fate would have it, the choice to overcome that fear is mine. I choose to create. I hope you will too…

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” ~ Confucius

*Photos/ Resources: Ryan Hanley, htp://theskooloflifecom/wordpress/day-2-the-fear-of-mediocrity/
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