Merit in mediocrity

I keep writing about being different, being an iconoclast on this blog, since that is what I want to be. However, I realize that this may not be for everyone, so here I present the opposite point of view:


Why should I try to stand apart

And deal with the stress of being unique?

Why do I need to be considered smart

By way of how I do things or speak?

From the common path I can deviate

And alone I can carve my own way

I may get attention (?notoriety) immediate

Maybe there are others whose minds I can sway..


The world, sadly, operates in such a way

That nothing ever comes to you for free

When you decide to be different, that day

You give up all peace of your mind instantly..


The accumulated stress of expectation,

Of fear of failure, of abject loneliness,

The constant insecurity can lead to frustration

And sabotage the joy that should stem from success.


Why, then, can I not merge with the crowd

Find safety in numbers, a conformist be

My life’s achievements may not make me proud

But I will have friends that identify with me.

Maybe the thorny path of ambition

Is not something that I am cut out for

Blending in with others gives me satisfaction

Mediocrity appeals to me, I shall stay obscure. 

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