By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Originality is liberating.
It frees the soul to see things differently ... allows the mind to sort things out creatively and distinctively. Original individuals are free thinkers, fierce motivators, and confident individuals who stand out in stark contrast to the "norms" of society's majority. Originality is unorthodox, non-conforming, and eccentrically beautiful.
Dare, risk, and confidence are components of originality.
Originality is nothing more than the dare to be one-of-a kind.
"To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me."
-Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton is thought to be one of the greatest intellectuals who ever lived.
His life was governed by eccentricity, individuality, and originality.
He thought like no one and, thus, he acted like no one.
The mind that teemed with scientific formulas, alchemy, and gravity contained an original gravity of its own and continually ran contrary to the scientific minds of the day.
Sir Isaac Newton was a non-conforming, unorthodox thinker who ended up making history and some of the greatest scientific discoveries of the day.
Originality is a dare to be different.
 "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
-Herman Melville

Herman Melville, famed author of Moby Dick and other great writings, experienced profound and prolonged periods of difficulty in childhood, youth, and early adulthood.
His father viewed him as dim-witted and unintelligent though really Herman's mind was composed of a most complex and extraordinary "originality" and eccentricity. The curious character of Herman Melville was composed of brilliant complexities and imaginations that would spur the mind and pen and eventually make him famous.
Failed attempts at common mens' vocations (banking, teaching, etc.) drew him to the sea, where he experienced the adventure of a lifetime in 1845, while being captured for several months on a voyage.
Close friend and confidant, Nathaniel Hawthorne, also prized for his originality, urged and encouraged Herman to write in an original "bent" and style of his own.
"Call me Ishmael."
The original first line of MOBY DICK is irrefutable evidence of Herman Melville's originality.
Originality is a dare to be different.
"I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived."
-Willa Cather

The beauty of author Willa Cather lies in her non-conformist ideas and original views.
Willa's novels include:
Even in her youth, Willa was identified by eccentricity, ingenuity, and originality.
While living in a "roughed out quarter" on the flat Nebraska prairies, and not more than 15 years old, Willa marched into the local barbershop and had her beautiful auburn tresses hacked off. She outfitted herself in a blazer, starched shirt, and tie and requested that people call her "Willie."
Hmmm ... would she be remembered one wonders? Ha.
Housing a brilliant mind, she switched her degree from medicine to journalism and went on to write some of the greatest works and words known to literature.
Leon Edel, the great biographer, viewed her works as greater than Hemingway's and afforded her the compliment,
"The day will come when she'll be ranked above Hemingway."
Indeed ...
Willa's world was entirely original.
Originality is a dare to be different.
Originality is a bold step into a world teeming with conformity and conventionality.
Originality requires a pioneering effort and a pioneering personality. It veers down its own path and subjects itself to its own whims, wonderings, and wanderings.
Originality is a trail-blazing quest and encounter with authenticity.
  One must confidently, ardently, and audaciousy strike out on it ... and be forever changed in the process.
Originality is the most beautiful and original "dare" in the world.
Is there anything more radiant and beautiful ... than that which is set apart and entirely original?
-Darrelyn L. Tutt