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:

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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..

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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..

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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.

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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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