We live in a wonderful little town. Just like most little towns it is filled with people from all walks of life. Each person is on their own journey through life dealing with the day to day tasks. As this is a small town ones gets to know a lot of the people even if they do not interact with you regularly. We conveniently group people into little clusters. The Surfers, The Sportsmen, The Golfers, The Fishermen, The Rich, The Stoners, The Locals and a whole host of labels.
A lot of us here fit into two or more of these categories depending on who is interacting with them. For instance the golfer is also a fisherman and a businessman, and depending on who he is interacting with he will put on the relevant hat and assume the role he is assigned.
So that got me thinking these past few weeks. Who am I really in the big picture of little Port Alfred? Who do I want to be and what image do I want to portray? We are all chameleons, able to blend in and adapt to social or business requirements. But what if I chose to stand out? What or more importantly who would I like to be known as?
I have my own personal legacy and it has remained unchanged for the past four years and it is embedded in who I am as a person within my family context. However what about my social personality? How do I want the community to see me and why would I choose to be seen like that? Is my choice primarily motivated by vanity or greed? Do I create an image of confidence and prosperity to expand my business? There are hundreds of roles I could assume and like many people I could successfully pull off any of the roles, for a while.
For me my choice is rather simple. I choose to me 100% present to myself and the people I choose to interact with. I will be Dad, or the Lover, or the Insurance Broker, or the Runner, Biker, Camper when that is required of me. I am a little bit of everything; there is no single thing that defines who I am.
I am alive, I grow older, and sometimes my hair is too long to fit the work look, I speak the truth and step on toes. I walk gently amongst our community but I am steadfast in my beliefs. I am open to suggestion and slow to anger.
I have no need to fit in to a box, no need to wear a label, no need to be part of something I do not choose out of my own free will. There is no pressure to conform. I am simply living the life of my choosing and working towards a definite set of outcomes I have chosen for myself and those I care for. I get to live my dream life filled with Love, Abundance, Adventure and 365 Days of Holiday.