Have you ever seen two giraffes with the same spots? Have you for that matter seen two leopards with the same pattern?

Do you think your cats have the same markings?

I guess if you look closely, you will notice the different patterns that set each animal apart, similar to how our own finger prints differ from one person to the next.

Individuality is nature’s way of expressing itself and its way of exploring itself. As human beings we all tend to try to copy each other in the hopes that we will be part of the crowd and be accepted in the “inner circle”. In contrast, in the animal kingdom the more vibrant the plumage, the more interesting the marking; the more admired is that specimen by the opposite sex.

As humans we try to squash individuality and we mock anyone different from us. Difference is seen as a threat to some people, despite the opportunity this poses for us to be able to experience something new. Anything different is met with suspicion and with criticism. Why are you wearing that colour? Why are you listening to that music? Why are you having that haircut? Stope wearing piercings! You should have that particular car, drink this particular drink, all in all you are just not right if you go your own way. – Do you recognise the rhetoric? Can you hear your parents, teachers, boss, advert telling you all this?

So what is your spot that makes you individual? What is the stripe that sets you apart from the rest of the crown? What is that which makes you individual? How do you express your individuality? How do you dare to be different? How do you express your views in a way that people are willing to listen? How do you resist the peer pressure? How do you attract the right mate? What is your “plumage” say about you? What does your way of being say about life? How are you separate in a world where all is one? What makes you worth? How do you express your worth? Who recognises your worth? Are your “ties” helping you be individual, or are the making you be “samey”? Is your individuality ok with everyone? Do you stand out? Or do you wash away into grey? Do you live up to your fingerprint, or did you rub them off so as not to be recognised?

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