“Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others…” -Timothy Leary
I ask my friends if they understand
They just laugh at me and watch another band
They don’t worry, they don’t worry
Yeah, I’m looking for answers in so many places
I open my mind
I don’t get it -Cowboy Junkies, song “I Don’t Get It”
It makes perfect sense to you. You’ve thought it through. You’ve done the research. Your reasoning is sound. Your vision is clear. You’re super passionate. And you’re coming from a generous place as you you truly want to help folks. But at the end of the day, no matter how hard you try, some, often most people, just won’t get it. Especially at first.
Don’t let that stop you.
Find the others. The ones that do get it. They’re out there. And when you do, they’ll make you and your project even better than you could ever dream possible.
P.S. – We lost two legends in the last week. RIP Mr. Russell and Mr. Scully.
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