In a favorite post from Martha Beck she uncovers 20 questions you should be asking yourself.
One question she asks is: where should I break the rules?
If everyone kept all the rules, we’d still be practicing cherished traditions like child marriage, slavery, and public hangings. The way humans become humane is by assessing from the heart, rather than the rule book, where the justice of a situation lies. Sometimes you have to break the rules around you to keep the rules within you.
I love this.
Innovation = coloring outside the lines and going where no one else has before. Rule bending and breaking? Required.
Happiness = not conforming to status quo, but rather, listening to the depths of your soul and who you are. This is your blueprint, so build it.
Fear = uncertainty and emotions (often duality) that you can’t seem to grasp or contain. Our thoughts are powerful, so will them to your fears and anything can be overcome.
Think of your hero. Did they timidly follow the rules and listen to every authority figure in their life?
I firmly believe in going beyond, breaking the rules as you see fit and living, loudly. I am saying that most “rules” I don’t agree with (within reason, my moral code of ethics step in too).
Part of me also understand, there needs to be boundaries as we all operate differently. I appreciate boundaries, they encourage me to break through them or create my own.
Just ask yourself – where are you breaking the rules? What about creating your own?