It’s not that I’m a Rebel! I’m just not YOU.

“She’s a rebel!”

“No I’m not a rebel. Not in the least.”

“Whatever we do you insist on doing something else, You rebel against us.”

“No I don’t. You have your way of doing things, I have a different way of doing things. That’s all. What’s the big deal?”

“You need to go along with the rules that the boss and the committee have set up. What makes you think ‘your way’ is any good at all?”

“I dunno. It works? Besides, I didn’t know there were rules about this. So how would you like this done?”

“Are you making fun of me?”

“Not at all. Look, you’ve got me all wrong. I’m not a rebel, I’m interested in what you and everyon else is doing.”

And that ladies and germs, it a short skit illustrating my life as a teacher dealing with other teachers and, of course, the administration. The thing is, I would have loved to know what they did and how they did it. I was NEVER enlightened.

It made me think about that. Is there really “normal,” average, or expected behavior? or ย is it that there are people who have little imagination? Or is it that there are people who like to control the way others do something? Entre nous, I think it’s all three.

20 thoughts on “It’s not that I’m a Rebel! I’m just not YOU.

  1. I’m not sure what “normal” is either. No one was ever able to properly explain it. I think they know when you aren’t, but they aren’t sure what you should do to “fit in” either, WE aren’t rebels. We just aren’t “like them.”

  2. I love being a rebel, it is fun, and makes life interesting. Although I am sure I am not a rebel, it is all the others that are different.

  3. I was called a rebel. Didn’t know I was. I liked the idea tbh. I’d never rebelled against anything ever and to be called a rebel was a whole new take. But I agree, just because you don’t do the “expected” doesn’t necessarily make you a rebel, just a fresh new take on what is.

  4. I can relate to that. Although not being called a rebel as such, I remember being called โ€˜lazyโ€™ by certain people individuals when I was younger, because I didnโ€™t want to do certain things that they wanted me to do. To put a spin on your title, โ€œit wasnโ€™t that Iโ€™m lazy, Iโ€™m just not you!โ€. I think a lot of people want to try and control the habits of others, great or small.

    • There are so many things that come out of us humans — our religious beliefs, favorite colors and much much more that cannot be disputed. Same with my colleagues back in the day. If they’d had an ounce of curiostiy they’d have asked rather than telling me I was wrong and a rebel. But they were (I think, and this is the other side of control) threatened by what I was doing. OH well ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. People — especially your “friends” and “family” really want YOU to be the same all the time. They really hate when you change. I think the most rebellious thing I ever did was to tell people who kept telling me how I should behave (essentially, the way i used to) to shut up. I wasn’t ever going to be what I was — and neither were they, though apparently they hadn’t noticed that everyone changes. Unless you’re dead.

  6. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like the story of my working life too. Two typical reactions to me were 1. I like the way you think, or 2. You are over-thinking it. Making interesting the boring was also a specialty. Thank goodness for retirement.

  7. I don’t think anybody has ever really explained what “normal” means, or has ever really been able to explain it, either. And yet, i think we all of us have our own version of “normal” and are quite happy with it because it represents us and the world we live in. After all, if I want to be different, i have to define what’s “not different” first, i.e. “normal” behavior, attitude, expectations, etc.. That’s why your final reflection about all 3 options being true makes sense.

  8. Oh I relate to your experience – I think creative people don’t intend to upset the apple cart, we just, naturally, do things differently that’s all.

    Its why I don’t go to aerobics classes – I seem to have an inbuilt tendency to go left when everyone else is going right!

    Teaching is creative – and when you face a scenario like yours above – the degree of frustration is usually a demonstration of the degree of their fear. You have shown them there is another way, and that their imagination is limited… just be thankful you are you and not someone who is an imitation – a copy, someone who goes through the motions and never alters the way things are done.

    If it wasn’t for people like you… (and me) we would still be living in the dark ages.

    • You made my morning. I never considered, until I was a teacher, what my favorite teachers probably went through. It’s strange that when you are creative (used by my colleagues as a derogatory term) people often seem to think you’re taking something away from them. I guess we’re all egoists on some level.

      I triend line dancing with a friend years and years ago and had the same problem you had in aerobics class. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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