Walking to the Beat of Your Own Drum
It happens every so often that I find myself getting confused about what I want and what direction will be best moving forward. This happens when I listen to all that is around me, others, the media, social constructs. I often then need to step back and remind myself of my values and what I want. My husband knows - when I recently suggested maybe I should just go out and get a 'real job' he said "that won't make you happy", and he is right. I am destined to forge my own path, something we all are to varying degrees.
'Walk to the beat of your own drum' is a bit cliché. It is a nice idea, and yet needs some clarification. When we listen to different music our bodies entrain, even our heart beat is faster when we listen to fast music and slower when we listen to music with a slow beat. Take that idea into the world where there is different music, or to use the metaphor, different people all beating different drums - it can be hard to find your own beat.
We are designed to fit in
We are social beings, it is in our nature to fit in. When we sit around with a group of people all beating a steady beat together it is normal for us to want to beat our drum in time, or even if we don't want to we can find our beat merging with the beats around us. On the other side if your drum beat is so far out from the drum beats around you, you are likely to get a nasty stare. All this means it can be tricky to find our own beat.
How to beat your own drum without being an outcast
It can be useful to know a few different drum beats to allow you to fit in to the world around. It may be that you have a number of different social groups and they each beat their drums differently. Some social groups are accepting of drum beats that are a bit different to others too. Yet you don't want to give up your own beat once you find it.
Some ideas to help with beating your own drum or even figuring out what drum you want to beat:
It is not always easy to follow your own drum, yet when we do life takes on greater meaning and we can be more at peace with life and what life throws at us.
Go on listen to your drum and to others drums and make some music.
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