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“Be nobody’s darling”

Be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm. 

Watch the people succumb
To madness
With ample cheer; 
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.
Be an outcast; 
Be pleased to walk alone
Or line the crowded
River beds
With other impetuous
― Alice Walker

It’s nice to be thought of as a sensible, non-contradictory human being.

Nothing makes people more comfortable than when the beliefs and behavior of their companions make sense.

If you can achieve consistency without compromise, have at it, but “be nobody’s darling.”

Your fans, friends, and family can cope with the plight of being perplexed.

It’s not your job to unperplex people. It’s your job to create the results that matter most to you—even if that leaves others feeling bewildered and befuddled by your blazing trails of exploratory bliss.

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