"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… 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 ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." ~ Steve Jobs
The opportunity to think different.
The Willy Street Fair: Madison, Wisconsin
On a brisk sunny September morning, I travel to Madison, Wisconsin (just a short drive away) with two of my kids. Our plan:
Be it. Do it.
The Willy Street Fair.
The whole concept of this fair, a neighborhood celebration of diversity and united-ness, is different than any I've experienced before. See, we went knowing we would be dressing different than normal, that we'd be walking in the parade and doing different.
Different was the norm on this day.
This parade, this fair, this celebration of diversity shined the beauty of what different can be! More than that, though – this was different with full acceptance. A celebration of the unique! A belief in all that IS possible! Fun! Life affirming!
What if every day was like that. Where different was fully accepted. Where different was encouraged. Where different was celebrated. Where different brought deeper connection.
How do we get there? How do we get to where different is okay. (because it is!!)
We have to do it! When each of us takes those steps…those steps into the unknown that different can bring – we allow others to do that, too.
Small steps. Big steps. In between steps.
What can YOU do? Today.
Be it. Do it.