Because I Am Something of a Contrarian

September 19, 2008 @ 6:01 am | Filed under:

I’m not sure when I became a contrarian—I don’t think I started out this way, but my parents could speak to that better than I could—but I cannot deny that the pattern in my adult life has been that if I sense myself being ushered toward a box, I make a sharp left—or right, you can’t pigeonhole me that way either—and dash away from the box as fast as I can. Even if—no, especially if—I’m the one who created and announced the box.

So it shouldn’t have surprised me that the very moment I declared on Bonny Glen Up Close that my fabulous new notebooking system had rendered that poor little side-blog obsolete, I would find myself compelled to post there more than ever. Big long chatty posts such as I’ve not written there in a long time, or maybe ever. And now that I’m calling my own attention to this shift, it’s entirely possible the chattiness will dry right up. Except that now I’ve called my own attention to that possibility. So there’s no telling what will happen.

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  1. Cindy says:

    That is so funny. I’m exactly the same way! I almost always go against the norm when it comes to parenting, and I am not mainstream in most other areas of my life either! My family thinks I’m different just for the sake of being different, but no, I really am different…..but I also don’t want to be a mindless robot following the crowd, so I guess there is some truth to that! LOL!

  2. WendyinVA says:

    LOL! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who does that. :o)

  3. Penny in VT says:

    Hee hee! Me too, I’m just not bold enough to admit it (although, I guess I just did, so there ya go)! 🙂

  4. Anna says:

    That is funny! I’ve been known to refuse invitations simply because someone insisted I would have a great time!

  5. Rachel M says:

    Ah, it’s so nice to know my mind isn’t the only one that works that way. Therapy hasn’t helped:)

  6. Kristen Laurence says:

    I’m exactly the same way. As soon as I put a written house-cleaning schedule up on the fridge, I perform my cleaning on a schedule completely opposed to the written one. Or I just don’t clean that week, until I rip the schedule down.

    I’ve always associated my behavior with lack of discipline, and perhaps it is that in part, but the thought of being “contrarian” makes so much more sense to me. It’s good to know other women suffer from this disease! 🙂

    And I wasn’t contrary when I was younger either. I wonder if it’s a thirtysomething hormonal change.

  7. Lisa Z says:

    I am so like this, too! Thanks for letting us know a talented, creative woman like you can relate to the rest of us! Makes me feel better.

    P.S. I came to your site today because I’ve been reading The Martha Years books–to myself only, not even to my kids! I have taken such delight in them. I have ancestry in Scotland, even distant relation to Laura Ingalls via the Quiners, so I am delighted to read of Scottish traditions. And you have made the character of Martha to be so very lovely and sweet.