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I’m A “Free Radical” March 29, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness, People.

Wikipedia ~ Batesian Mimicry (in Public Domain)

Last night, I met someone.

For the first time.

After a few preliminary inquiries, he proceeded to tell me that I needed to “get involved in the community.”

“What do you mean?”

“Get out and volunteer.  Work with Habitat for Humanity to build houses.”

“Not a chance.”

With an all-too-obvious scathing sneer, in a tone dripping with scorn and condescension, he put me under his microscope, “Oh, you don’t volunteer?  You have to be paid?”

“Nope.  That’s got nothing to do with it.  An entire page on my resume is devoted to past volunteer efforts.  Here’s the thing:  I don’t want to build houses.  Not my forte or strength.  Not my cause.  Not how I want to spend my “giving back” time.”


This is not the first such exchange I’ve had since moving here.

Remember “I can’t eat THAT!” (if not, click here) . . . she also wanted to tell me exactly how I should spend my time.

Other virtual strangers have told me I have to join a church . . . get involved in the local theatre . . . assist with food drives . . . {{insert your pet cause here}}.

I finally figured out why these people are so insistent and bossy in their efforts to “pin me down.”

Free radicals roam the body, creating havoc.  Anti-oxidants latch on to free radicals to neutralize them and escort them safely out of the body.

Wikipedia ~ Batesian Mimicry (in Public Domain)

These folks obviously feel that I’m a free radical . . . apt to wreak havoc in the local community unless they, acting as anti-oxidants, neutralize me by fitting me into a box of their choosing.

Rather like pinning a butterfly to a board to create order from chaos.

I will admit to being free.  But I’m not a radical . . . or a rabble rowser.


Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote to ponder:  Stop trying to fit in when you were born to stand out.