I’ve never exactly been in step with society or people in general. I’m off the beaten path, marching to the beat of my own drum – however you want to say it. That’s usually not intentional. I’m pretty sure it would have happened with or without the homeschooling and religious brainwashing. I come from a long line of weirdos and I’m pretty sure at this point it’s genetic.*
Since I don’t make a habit of reading self-help books or blogs or seeking advice on how to live my life, I usually don’t discover people think I’m doing everything wrong until it’s too late. I don’t mean they personally know that I exist and believe I’m doing everything wrong, I mean that they think anyone living their life the way I live mine is doing it wrong.
I was not aware until this morning that having a blog is a job and that it is apparently my job to help my readers become healthier, happier and more productive. Damn. That sounds a lot like being a therapist, or a parent. (I don’t get paid for being a parent, either.) I think the employment process here may need to be revamped because apparently they’ll let anyone work here. They didn’t even require a background check!
Well, I’m afraid I’m doomed to be a failure at this job, but I’m just going to stick around until they fire me.
Wait, I know! I’ll help people FEEL healthier, happier and more productive by allowing them to compare their life with mine! It can function as a placebo!
At least I’m not that lady that was overheard singing Rainbow Connection late at night in a park, they’ll think, and go about their day basking in the warm glow that comes from knowing they’re better at this life thing than a random stranger on the internet.
*Pedantic digression: it’s not nature vs nurture, it’s nature and nurture. According to recent scientific research, nature can shape how we nurture – but how we nurture also shapes nature. They go hand in hand, 50/50.