“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
– Hunter S. Thompson
There’s a thing I like to do, several actually, that seems to confuse people.
It happens whenever I start talking about things that feel “off” like comic books, video games or other things that people don’t immediately equate to their kind of creativity.
They stop and tell me what I could do differently or better.
And I get it.
I do the same to companies and people I respect who I want to serve me better as well.
At the same time I understand that I’m not the only person they’re catering to. But I feel like I need to make my voice heard. So I tell them.
What happens with these interactions is that I thank them for their opinion and proceed to tell them precisely why I won’t change my behavior.
“But, I don’t get it. My way is better, you’d help more people.”
Somewhere about here I start losing my cool. I try to be polite but sometimes it just slips.
“Don’t get it? Great. There are plenty who do. Fuck off.”
And I don’t mean that in a bad way. What I’m really saying, or rather saving time by not saying, is that if we keep debating this shit we’ll just end up wasting both of our time on something neither of us enjoys.
Then comes the natural thought after saying this.
“But what will people think of me?”
Honestly, it’s got nothing to do with you. Really. And it’s got everything to do with the other person.
I’m lucky enough to have broad interests that I get to funnel into something I’m deeply passionate about. Creativity.
If someone I’m speaking to or listening to wants to exclude certain fields from that then we’re clearly not going to have a good time.
We won’t be having a worthwhile debate, we won’t be serving a greater good, we’ll just be bumping heads instead of doing what really matters.
Finding people to connect and build a relationship with.
Now, some people like conflict and thrive on having ideologies and ideas rub up against each other. I think there seriously needs to be room for that. In fact I actively try to challenge myself.
But I find that there’s a time and place for that. When I’m not in that headspace I don’t want to get into it And I feel we should all respect each other’s needs when it comes to that.
If you’re one of those people who thrives on having a shitload of interests that maybe not everybody can relate to then just express them anyway. Even if there’s only one in a million who get what you’re really saying it’s totally worth it.
I love the fact that I can jump from
I mean, nobody’s ever going to say: “Hey, we’ve got a job opening for that.”
I’m seriously, seriously lucky. I know that. At the same time I haven’t yet become filthy, stinking rich doing it. And there are no guarantees.
I don’t know if the things I’m doing will lead directly to the things I want to accomplish in life. I mean, I hope it does. All I know is that right now it’s exactly what I need to be doing.
And I’m having a blast!
Don’t hold back. Nobody’s going to thank you for that.
Embrace the bootyful weirdness within.
Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!