I might’ve written about it before, but Rush’s Beyond the Lighted Stage is a fantastic documentary.
In it, Geddy Lee says of the mainstream, “We were our own. Not the main one.” And look how far they went.
The opposite is also true, though: doing your own thing and blazing your own trails doesn’t always ensure you’ll come out in top. It can often times mean ridicule, no shortage of others’ lack of faith in you, years of questions and relentless questioning about why you can’t do what’s “normal,” what’s expected.
We have a choice every day of choosing the mainstream or charting our own course. I like to think my life is a little bit of both, but I like even more that I can turn the dial up on “not the main one” whenever I choose. For choice, I am grateful.