This picture reminds me of a poem I loved as a child. Something like "If you can't be the tree at the top of the hill, be the shrub at the bottom. But be, the best little shrub that grows in the vale. Be the best life that people will see.
Poland's Mysterious Crooked Forest: In a tiny corner of western Poland a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks - all bent northward. It is surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees.