It takes a lot of guts to do something first.
-first to move away from home
-first to stay near home
-first to go to college
-first to work a trade
-first to be an artist
-first to get married
-first to NOT get married
-first to leave an unhappy marriage
-first to have kids
-first to NOT have kids
-first family to put children in day care
-first family for the husband to stay at home
-first to start your own business
-first to NOT start your own business and get a paycheck
-first to buy a home
-first to document a process/procedure at work
It's so much easier to sit back and watch. To let someone else blaze the trail.
Sometimes there are people who find it easier to sit back, to let someone else be first. And there's nothing wrong with following the easier path.
What irks me is that sometimes those people feel the need to always let someone else be first, and then critique their efforts. At times, those critiques can be very negative.
I don't have an issue with the nature of criticism, as critiques should be negative at times.
But it does need to be acknowledged that the original trailblazer had the courage to be first. To do something that no one else in their family, circle of friends or group of co-workers could do.
Whether or not it's the "wrong" path. To recognize that stepping off of the ledge in itself took inner strength.