Do you like ice cream? Of course you do. Who doesn’t like ice cream?!
What’s your favorite flavor? Maybe it’s rocky road or chocolate chip cookie dough.
Or maybe you don’t even have a favorite. If you are like me, you might even have several favorites, not one specific favorite flavor.
If you are given the choice of ANY kind of ice cream, I doubt your choice is vanilla by itself.
Yet, sometimes we ALWAYS choose vanilla.
Whether writing, painting, parenting, teaching, or dancing, it is easy to take the safe approach.
To be boring.
To not mix things up.
When you always choose vanilla, there are no surprises.
Sure, you aren’t disappointed, but you aren’t satisfied either.
Put your personality into what you are doing.
Just as not everyone loves cookies n’ cream, not everyone should like what you do.
Go ahead, set yourself apart from the rest.
But don’t be controversial just to get a response—it comes across as premeditated and insincere.
Be yourself. Don’t settle for vanilla when you know you want rocky road.
Will you share in the comments a part of your personality you have been holding in?
I’ll go first. I’m a pretty big conspiracy theorist. I’m not sure how being an X-files junkie can help my writing, but I think I need to tap into that aspect of my personality a bit more. Maybe I should have “Freaky Fridays”? :)