“Re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes, and in every motion and joint of your body"
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass. I totally believe this philosophy to be true, I have been criticized & labeled because I don't 'conform', I'm a free thinker, I make my own way, I'm definitely not a follower.
Just yesterday, I was sharing another one of my most favorite quotes with a co-worker: 'There's more to life than increasing its speed' by Mahatma Gandhi. I'm O.K. with being on the fringe, being different, being 'me', I make efforts to find and increase my circle of like-kind, kindred souls, I believe that I am an optimist, grateful for where I live and who I am, because of this philosophy, it is my driving force.