Be a freak. Be a big weirdo.
Proudly wear your unique and unrepeatable and luminous light out into the world.
Don’t let anyone tell you you cannot do what you’ve set out to do. Others are already doing ‘it,’ so why not you? (‘It’ might be writing a marvelous book, or starting a yoga studio, or studying ancient history, or hiking the Pacific trail.)
Don’t listen to the naysayers, the negativos, and the party of ‘No.’ Don’t drink their Kool-aid.
Don’t swallow the fear, the drear, or the catastrophizing of those who are terrified you’ll change. Terrified you’ll prove them wrong for sitting still, doing nothing in particular.
Don’t worry what others think at all.
Simply fall into the authentic life you want to live; bring your own posse of beautiful freaks along for company, but don’t hang back waiting for others to change, become willing, or move forward. Anyone who doesn’t want to join up can happily languish in the land of beige.
That doesn’t mean you have to.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Rob Siltalen with the participation of Lee Clow (for the Apple Think Different Campaign)
Don’t wait for permission.
Don’t wait for approval.
When you look back at your life at the moment of your death, do you really want to be thinking, “At least I had more stuff than the Joneses?” At least I fit in and didn’t make waves? At least I took up as little space as possible and left no mark?
Scuff up the world. Run your body hard and fast.
Experience the world, don’t just visit it.
Share your particular and breathtaking gifts. Color outside the lines.
Fill yourself; gorge yourself on life.
Be completely you.
That’s what we (collectively) most need. We need for each one of us to step up and see this world — this mirror and this window — as though we’ve never been here before.
Fresh eyes. Open hearts.
We need to be willing to be abnormal, wrong outsiders who will change everything because everything needs to change.
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