Five Minute Friday: Dare

Five-Minute-Friday-4 Those who’d like to participate in Five Minute Friday will write for five minutes on the topic of the week, post it on their own blog and link up the post here.  This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.

Just write.

 This week’s prompt is:  DARE

Sometimes, late at night, I wonder what drives me to walk a slightly different path than most of my friends, and almost all of my family.  It’s not an act of rebellion.  Oddly, I never quite went through an extreme one, either as a teenager or as an adult.  I’m boring that way.

Yet as far as faith goes, I’m the oddball – the one taking a path that gets the raised eyebrow from a lot of people, and disgust from others.  You’re a Pagan!?  Is that even real?  

Being true to yourself, against the odds of what is considered normal or socially acceptable, is daring… in a way.  Yet I don’t feel it is.  It’s just being me.  Only in times of political turmoil like just after 9/11 was being Pagan – openly – a daring thing.  That’s when anyone who was “other” were just unacceptable.

There are a lot of people afraid to be who they are spiritually.  Either they don’t want to admit they have doubts because of the scorn they’d receive, or they’re afraid of rocking their own foundation.  To them, I say… I dare you to make the jump.  Find out who you are, who you are meant to be.  It can be uneasy in the short term, but in the long term, it is one of the most rewarding journeys you can make.

Regardless of how different that path might take you from where you start.

 

2 comments

  1. Pattyann says:

    I actually agree that we all need to find our own path. It helps us so much to grow and to stand for something. It doesn’t do us any good if the ground we are standing on is something that we are unsure of.

  2. Joanne P says:

    It’s interesting because we think of America as a land of freedom where you can really be yourself but in many ways you have to conform more than we do in England. We relish our eccentrics and people who take a different path! I have certainly never really fitted into one particular group but have several where I intersect enough to join in.
    I’m a bit like a Venn Diagram LOL

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