Same old run of the mill

We waste a lot of time, energy, and money, on things that are the same old run of the mill.

  • We take the same old run of the mill vacations.
  • Eat at the same old run of the mill restaurants   
  • Watch the same old run of the mill TV shows, and films.  

Why is the world in such a big rush to be run of the mill?

Cone Nebula
The Cone Nebula…no run of the mill sight.

Because being run of the mill is a safe option, it’s cheap and people don’t get fired for doing what everyone does.  The problem is that a lot of run of the mill things, are good.  But good is the problem, because it prevents us from doing and experiencing the truly amazing.

Avoiding run of the mill

If you want to eat something great you’ve got to avoid the run of the mill place and take a chance on eating somewhere and something you might hate.

Likewise if you’re a restauranteur wanting to serve great food then you’ve got to risk preparing dishes people might hate.

If you want a great adventure you’ve got to avoid the run of the mill vacation spots, and hotels.

If you want to do something great then you’ve got avoid the same old run of the mill things that everyone else is doing.  Take a chance on being you.  Doing something that might not work, might get you fired, might bankrupt you, or worse.

One last thing

Run of the mill is run of the mill because it’s easy to copy (so everyone does it).  Truly great is almost impossible to duplicate.  You know always imitated never duplicated (I couldn’t help it).

For example, Quinten Tarantino a truly great director recently released a tremendously great film called Django Unchained. When my wife asked me if I enjoyed seeing it I actually could not answer.  I had very few words for what I had just saw.  It took me a while to figure out why.  It was because I’d never seen anything like it.  It wasn’t run of the mill.

Shane Murphy is another example.  Shane lived a great but short life.  He lived a great life because he lived it doing what he loved to do flying….like birds.  You can watch a video of Shane actually flying here.