I’ve been realizing that living in a digital age ran by social media has correlated with a decline of independent thought. We consistently quote songs and excerpt literature that has either moved us or interpreted a feeling we couldn’t express ourselves. In turn, its perceived as justified only because its taken from a source that is either popular, or at least accessible, to the general public to be validated credible. Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of my favorite writers, said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” I’m not boycotting being inspired by others, but more so- Rather than fit our lives into someone else’s recycled perceptions – “Oh wow those words of (insert quote here) really represent me ,” Why not challenge ourselves to–be–the inspiration that represents ourselves? Can we connect with each other through our own creative, independent thought? I feel we all have ideas that are just as inspiring, moving, and -real- as that of anyone else, regardless of how many people hear it. You just have to take the step forward and let it be heard. So I’ve decided to start a collection of my own “isms,” the things I’ve come to learn, live, and stand by throughout the years.
We all have ideas. It may be an idea to improve the world around you or an idea to improve your own well being. Ideas are the inspiration which occurs when you’re engaged with life and you take the time to process what goes on around you and apply it to your own ideals and ways of being. “Aha!” moments which create visions of how life could be if we only acted on our urge to create change and possibly do something better. Be someone better. Create something greater.
Next time you have an idea, write it down. Whether it’s an idea for a work of art… an idea to improve something at work… an idea to be more healthy… an idea to connect with an old friend…an idea to start something you’ve never done before… Make it real. Make a commitment to it. Own it. It’s yours. Share it with someone so they can give you feedback through another perspective and hold you accountable for not letting this great piece of you go to waste. Plant the seed, make it grow, watch it evolve. Above all, don’t put it on the back burner and justify all the reasons why you shouldn’t do it which can only add another item to the long list of “What If?”s in your life. Don’t set yourself up with a self-fulfilling prophecy that you don’t have time, might fail or that you’re incapable. Stop playing small. We all have the power to create the change we want to see in the world around us or within ourselves and once we own up to that and take responsibility for the effect of our actions or even lack of action, we will have more appreciation for our ideas and have the audacity to share them with the world. For an amazing and life-changing idea without effort and execution is only time wasted hopelessly daydreaming.
For the time being, until i can figure out a way to categorize and collect these “random isms,” they will be categorized under “What I know”