What’s Your Prototype?

The first song I heard when I woke up this morning was "Prototype" by Outkast. I know what you may be thinking. Rap? Outkast? Hmm... Surprisingly [for those of you who aren't familiar with the group], they have an eclectic style, thanks to Andre 3000. He's definitely eccentric and not afraid to press the envelope; be different. (Check out the video below. You'll see what I mean.) Anyway, that was the song I heard and it made me think: What IS my prototype for life? Love? Business? Happiness? All that. As I started answering these questions (in my head, not aloud), I thought I'd pose the same questions to you.

Think about your life as it is right now. Does it look like what you thought it would look like? Has the desired picture of your life changed? Did it change because your desires actually changed, or did it change due to circumstances - good or bad? What is dictating your prototype for life? How much control do you have over your own life?

Yeah, these aren't easy questions to answer. Life isn't easy to navigate. Or, is it? It's possible that we make it more difficult than it need be, because we get in the way of ourselves. It's possible that we make it more difficult on ourselves, because we're comparing ourselves with everyone and everything else. Matter of fact, it's possible that the prototype we aspire to isn't even our own. In that case, it's not even a prototype anymore - it's a pseudo-type. (Yep, I said that. What!) How much of what you want out of life is really what YOU want? Are there things you look at right now and say, "Why do I even want this?"

It's not easily deciphered; dispelled - all of the information we've been force fed about ourselves since the time we could comprehend. Somebody's always telling us to do something, get something, be something. [Whose prototype is it?] When you want to better yourself or chase a goal, how much of your desire is really yours? Do you desire to be better because someone else told you that you need to be better? Or, do you do it because you're tired of yourself being where you are?

Ha! I don't have the answers for you, because I can't answer for you. I'm not you. However, I can tell you about me and how I deal with all the madness. I've worked really hard [on myself] to think for myself. I hear what others say, I live in the same world you do (most of the time), but I choose to evaluate anything that makes me feel uneasy or doesn't quite feel like me. Does that make sense?

So, at the risk of sounding like one of those people who tells others how they should be and what they should want; the people I'm suggesting you avoid, I would encourage you to think about your prototype for life. If it seems more like a pseudo-type than an original, you may want to conjure up another - one composed of your own dreams and goals.


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