basic |ˈbāsik| (adjective)
• used to describe someone devoid of defining characteristics that might make a person interesting, extraordinary, or just simply worth devoting time or attention to.
• offering or consisting in the minimum required without elaboration or luxury; simplest or lowest in level
• common to or required by everyone
-New Oxford American Dictionary
By definition, being basic isn’t a favorable characteristic to have. Still, everyone posseses it. Do you and your friends secretly feel kinda cool holding Starbucks cups together when you walk to class? Are you still wearing flannels? Basic.
Even I’m guilty of melting myself with Taylor Swift songs when I meet a new boy I like. Just yesterday I had my friend take a “candid” picture of myself looking at the ground because I liked my outfit and wanted to post a new Instagram picture.
It happens and it’s not our fault. In reality, people just can’t help but be painfully average; like I said, it’s just in our human nature. Luckily, our pop culture has brought attention to this issue. On the bright side, there’s also someone out there with a solution to the problem. And that’s me.
Now, if you’re a basic person and that’s what makes you happy… by all means carry on. There’s a time and place for certain basicness.
However if your life feels a little too average, as if it lacks a little something, then perhaps it’s time to reevaluate some things. Life is much more extraordinary if you stand out. In a field full of white daisies, be a rhino eating salad from their pretty little stems. Avoid being like everyone else.
Any successful leader will tell you the same. Their advice always sounds like this: be different – be innovative – be remarkable! Jonathan Morrow, author at Copyblogger, tells us in one of his brilliant posts,
“If your life is a soul-sucking heap of mediocrity, then your writing will be a soul-sucking heap of mediocrity. […] The difference between a legendary writer and a merely good one isn’t mechanics. It’s intensity.”
Look at it as a way of life. This philosophy can help you make an impression on those you meet. You could be the type of person that people will remember. If you don’t happen to naturally be an inspiring person (which is a conversation I’ll have to discuss with you in my next post) all you need to do is put in some effort.
You won’t be alone. This blog will help identify some of the problems we all share and can offer a means to change.