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<h1>Anti-chameleon</h1>
<small>2019-10-11</small>
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I don’t know why I have this rebellious nature.
I tend to want to be the opposite of my surroundings.
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At serious formal events, I can’t stop laughing inside.
At crazy festivals, I want to hide and read a book.
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My ambitious friends bring out the slacker in me.
My lethargic friends make me feel like superman.
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When I moved to Boston, as a teen, and everyone was wearing black, I dressed in only white.
I remind new-agey people of the scientific method.
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Is it a desire for balance?
To represent what seems under-represented in this situation?
Is it my love of seeing the other side?
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I hear I’m not supposed to react like this.
I’m supposed to be the same, no matter what’s around.
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But I’m not the same from day to day, even when alone.
I rebel against myself, too.
If I’ve been thinking or acting one way for too long, I try another way.
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It’s worked pretty well for me so far.
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I’m super-motivated by the horror of seeing the opposite of what I want.
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Seeing someone waste their talent motivates me to get back to practicing and creating.
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Seeing a person in horrible health motivates me to be healthy.
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Seeing someone freaking out motivates me to be calm.
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Seeing someone being selfish motivates me to be generous.
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The list goes on.
It’s been net positive.
So, I’m not fighting it for now.
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(P.S. I’ll never argue against preserving nature.)
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