Off The Beaten Path

She didn’t do normal
No, she always heard
Another beat
She tried to fit in
But the standards she didn’t meet
She heard the voices
“Play safe” “Be secure”
Some said
“Think about your future”
And she did
Think about her future
She knew what she wanted
To do most of all
Was follow her heart
And not play small
So she began to listen
To follow that voice
Whispering in her ear :
Stay off the beaten path
You have nothing to fear
Dare to be you
Try to do something new
Trust the abundance
Of the Universe
And you’ll see
New paths open up
For you to be free
To follow the sound
That you’ve heard deep within
March to the rhythm
Of your own drum beat
You have one life to live
Make it sweet.

“I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits” – — Anaïs Nin

The plain fact is that the planet does not need
more successful people.
But it does desperately needs
more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers,
and lovers of every kind.
It needs people who live well in their place.
It needs people of moral courage
willing to join the fight
to make the world habitable and humane.
And these qualities have little to do
with success as we have defined it.
David Orr

off the beaten path
Linking into Write or Die Wednesdays hosted by Mia of The Chronicles of Chaos and Vashelle of Shelly’s Cabaret a bi-monthly creative writing prompt.