Saturday, January 14, 2012

Here's to the Crazy Ones

Years ago, Apple Computers ran an ad campaign that featured a video called, "Here's to the Crazy Ones".  I've seen this video many times and each time I see it, I am inspired and further assured that I am on the right path with my life.  Below are the words to the video.

Here's to the Crazy Ones

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 praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. 

About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They invent.

They imagine.

They heal.

They explore.

They create.

They inspire.

They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some 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.

From Apple Computers


Each time I see this video or read the words, I get a sense of peace about me, a peace that never came to me growing up.  I always felt out of place, different from everyone else.  And although I realize that most people experience this, not only growing up, but well into their adult lives, I've discovered that my way of thinking parallels the way of thinking attributed to those in the video. 

I'm not sure if this has always been the case for me though.  For most of my life, I was a "rule-follower".  I was the "golden child", always doing the right thing, following the rules, trying to please everyone else.  However, over the last ten years or so, I have realized that this is not the true me.  I have found that the real me balks rules, questions authority, and wants answers to questions that no one wants to answer.  I have found myself becoming more and more verbal against things I find wrong in this world.  I see myself standing up for what I believe is right and what I believe is wrong. 

When I really take a deep look at myself, I realize this is who I have been all along, I just didn't have the courage to actually stand up and say anything.  Rather, I would have my say in the safety of my own head where no one could hear the things I was saying and the things I was questioning. 

So what happened?   Did I suddenly become brave?  Enlightened?  Fed up?  Am I just getting older and getting tired of putting up with all the crap?  Am I becoming wise as I get older?  Is courage to stand up finally surfacing in my life?  It's probably a combination of all three.  Whatever it is, it feels good. 

I feel an inner strength that leads me into my days with a peace and confidence that whatever comes my way I will be able to handle it with grace.  I know that I will be able to stand up for what I believe in, do what is right for me, and have complete faith in all that I do.  And if other people don't like what?  I don't have to please everyone else in the world, just myself. 

Will I change the world?  I already have, just by being here.  We all do.  I don't know how big my impact will be on this world, but I do know that whatever it is, it will be all me.  And that's enough.

(Below is a link to the video if you've never seen it before.)

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