Preface: This post is based on a conversation I had with a co-worker.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. The’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. But 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.”
I remembered hearing this quote in an Apple commercial when I was in my teens, as it celebrated all the people that changed the world through their unique brand of genius.
As an adult, I loved the idea of embracing this way of thinking, and the older I’ve gotten, the more enthusiastic I have gotten about embracing my creative ways. And by ways, my style of thinking, my style of writing, and my style of well…my style. Being my own person has become a big factor in my life, and I’ll admit, there are times I don’t want to be “the different one.” Then I write something I’m truly proud of, or someone comes to me and says “I’ve read your stuff, and you are talented.” It’s the constant drive to be noticed and to stand out for the right reasons that has me striving to think different.
The other day, I was approached at work by a co-worker, an older gentleman (not old by any means, but he is older than my parents). Someone who doesn’t really know me as an individual, nor does he know me for my talents. He just knows me as the Secretary who occasionally covers the main phones, not as Allison Venezio. It’s ok, not everyone knows what I can do, they merely know what they see in the office and what I do there. He was reading the aforementioned quote at the bottom of my email signature one day. It’s a quote I took to my own liking when Steve Jobs passed away, and I put it in my signature (if anyone actually reads it) as a reminder to be an individual. He asked me a question about it:
“Do you believe in it? Are you that quote?”
I answered his question with a confident “yes.” And I left it at that.
It’s the first time I didn’t question myself and my abilities when approached about them. If you’ve seen some of the things I write, it’s clear I’m confident in my abilities, but it is only because no one was questioning me. On paper, I can exude confidence. Paper doesn’t judge. Paper is merely the one-sided recipient of my talent – it takes down what I’m thinking, and does nothing more. There is a reason I love to write – I’m expressing myself and how I’m feeling about a topic, writing about something I love, and not worrying about how others will feel. I’m proving to be non-controversial, and open in my beliefs.
Am I the quote? In most respects, I’d like to think I am!
As I think about it:
“Here’s to the crazy ones.
Aren’t we all a little crazy at times?
The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers.
That’s quite the triple threat. Not sure I’m one of these three lovely individuals…or I just don’t get caught!
The round pegs in the square holes.
Because it means I don’t fit into any one type, right? I sorta get this…
The ones who see things differently.
I love seeing the world through my near-sighted/far-sighted, contact lens-adorned eyes. Because the world would otherwise be a very blurry place!
The’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo.
I may not be fond of them, but I do follow them when it is required of me. Why not, I’m apparently a rebel!!!
You can quote them,
I’d cry tears of happiness if you did.
disagree with them,
It happens. I’ll try not to get offended.
Again, tears of happiness.
or vilify them.
That’s a whole other set of tears!
But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
You’ve tried at least once, haven’t you? Haven’t you?!
Because they change things.
Depends on the day, and if it is appropriate.
They push the human race forward.
It’s more like “force the human race to relive the past.”
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Tears of happiness for calling me “genius.”
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
One step at a time. Not trying to start a movement or anything!
So do I still believe in this quote after breaking it down? That’s a firm “yes.” Am I glad someone questioned me on it? Sure, sure I am! Did I give a sufficient answer to him? Why yes, it was short sweet and to-the-point.
Here’s the beauty of being an individual with a mind, a pulse, and a whole lotta passion: life will never be dull, the world will always have something to offer, and there will always be fascination to find in the smallest and most simple things. The world goes around, and I’ll be in motion with it.
I’ll never stop being an individual, even if I’m not always Allison Venezio (because I’m sure I’ll get married one of these days), but I’ll always be true to myself!
See that, it was more than a clever quote! 🙂