"The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been." ~Albert Einstein
Sometimes I read quotes and I realize that they are meant for me for another time in my life or for another person around me. This quote, however, feels fully intentioned for me as I contemplate my future, my choices, my life goals and purposes. It can be exhausting to get input from all those around you, and equally exhausting for ideas to bounce around in the mind without ever ceasing. I think sticking to our own choices, chosen only to better ourselves in the moments we are present, manifests a reality that is profound and fun and filled with laughter and love. Who doesn't want all of those things? I'd rather wind up somewhere extraordinary with me, myself, and I, than follow the tried and true path of a crowd, be they family, friends, or community. I refuse to believe that you either have to be alone or following the likes of others. Imagine if the crowd we choose to surround ourselves with was filled with wanderers, never without fascination or excitement, always encouraging self exploration and discovery? That would be truly lovely. And I believe it is possible that we can all find this. If not, let's enjoy our own company enough to cherish the moments we stand alone; enough to open our eyes when we journey into the unknown.
Do you discover the most when you are alone, with a group, or a mix of both?