I have always taken great pride and prejudice in being uncommon. Of course, I just mentioned the three deadly sins according to religious teachings: 1) pride 2) prejudice 3) being different.
Pride for some, don't ask me how they do the math, has become a four-letter word. I think it not only proper, but mandatory, that one be proud yet humble.
Prejudice has many negative connotations in our culture...racism, sexism, elitism, etc.; however, I look at it more as not pre-judging others while maintaining a superior self-image...again humbly.
Finally, being different. WOW, what a Pandora Box that concept becomes! It's the creative energy that fuels "if not now, when"..."unity through diversity"..."the courage to dare". Being different has always flowed with the undertow of Unity through Diversity in my life. I remember as a College Frat Boy living with an Art Major...that I would dress like a hippy for my Frat parties and wear my Frat Greek Uniform to Art parties...just to make them think!
No matter how hard the hippies tried to be different they where all the same...ditto at the Frat house. Embrace the diversity that is you and dare to be uncommon!
Coach Cal Stoll of Minnesota once told Tony Dungy, future Coach of the Indianapolis Colts, "Success is uncommon, therefore, not to be enjoyed by the common man. I'm looking for uncommon people!"
Here's looking at you kid!
Sir Hook the Uncommonly Successful Diversified Unit of Warrick