Some people are told to not rock the boat; not all take heed.
Yet, the loudest voices are often those advising others to just fit in, even belittling the unique – probably at least as bold as those they criticize. Sometimes bold is cultural (compare the “genteel southerner” to the “brash Yankee”), from upbringing or ancestry (I compare dinners with a friend of Swedish ancestry to my own family at dinner), but often it’s in gardens.
Maybe it’s perspective. Or perhaps it’s also being afraid, or even being downright boring since “everyone is doing it”.
In the end, I think bold is as simple as being more real, having the grace in seeing interest in something and someone less flamboyant…and the wonder of someone more that way. Believe it or not, I do…every day. I actually think my Swedish friend is every bit as passionate as my hand-waving, boisterous paisanos talking about their favorite meal, while still feasting on a great meal.
And there’s more! Please join my fellow lords and ladies of the Roundtable, as we nosh on more bold views, from across our slice of the globe –