You might be a triangle. I know. It sounds funny huh? I never liked shapes or numbers or geometry or anything like that. But I like to think of myself as a triangle. I guess it doesn’t really matter what shape you decide to equate yourself to. It could be a circle, a pentagon, hexagon, oval, etc. But you might be one.
I work in a corporate business, full time. As do most adults I know. We all work for ‘the man’. I always thought I wanted to work in a corporate world, a nice desk job in a city, working in close proximity to everyone else. Sitting in a cubicle, doing whatever my boss asks me to.
But I don’t want to do that. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the people that work those jobs. That may be their dream, and their aspiration. They may live for work and spend their lives working for ‘the man’ and that’s totally okay.
If we look at what’s called a bell curve, we can liken the statistics of a bell curve to most people around the globe. A bell curve describes the mathematical concept of ‘normal distribution’. The graph depends on two factors: the mean and the standard deviation. If we compare the ‘mean’ or ‘average’ of the bell curve, to the average global citizen, they make up what is the largest, most bell shaped part of the curve. The ‘standard deviation’ is the “not so average” global citizen.
Pictured here, the average, day-to-day citizen is the mean, or the largest part of the bell curve; whereas the less average citizen is the outlier of the bell curve.
In the world we live in today, most people work to live. There is nothing more heartbreaking to me than this truth. As I mentioned before, to the people in this world that live for their jobs and love being in the office and what not, more power to you. But I could never live that life. Working to live is such a terrifying concept to me. I have always struggled with what I want to do with my life, career-wise, and the biggest factor in any future job is that I want to be my own boss and do what makes me ultimately happy. I want to live for my work, rather working just to live. A life where I’m in a career, or any situation, really, that isn’t making me happy, is a life I never want to live. I don’t want to work under ‘The Man’ or feel that I can’t further myself as a person, and be stuck working the same menial thing for the rest of my life on earth.
Let’s pretend that corporate businesses, and the majority of people who work to live and enjoy their corporate jobs (more power to them, but this article isn’t about them. It’s about us.) are what we’ll call circles. The rest of us who don’t want to work in a world like that are triangles. Thus, my triangle theory. The triangles just don’t fit with the rest of the circles. They’re unique, different, extraordinary, and special. They want something different from their life than to live a life full of spreadsheets, documents, and busy work.
Now, you’re not a triangle if you’re simply just too lazy to get a job. No, you’re a triangle if you don’t fit in with other people; and I’m here to tell you that’s okay. It’s okay to not want the same thing as everyone else. It’s okay to be a little crazy, a daydreamer, an artist, someone a little out of the ordinary. We are the standard deviation, the triangle to everyone else’s circle.
It’s taken me awhile to write this because I struggled so much with trying to put into words my theory and my feelings on the topic. I’ve struggled so much lately, constantly trying to fit myself into the circular-ness of everyone else around me, just to realize that I don’t fit because I’m not a circle. I’m something else. I’m different, and that’s okay. It’s what makes me, and everyone else like me just that little extra special.
In the end, I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you feel you just don’t fit in quite like everyone else, it’s okay. Because, you might be a triangle.