[Weekly Dose of Wisdom] Where’s Your Will to be Weird

It’s 2015 and weird is the new black; try it on! Embrace those strange thoughts that make you giggle, and could probably make an elderly lady blush; give those wonky clothes a go and flirt with fabulous; why not dye your hair a litany of pastel colors while feeling their alternating moods. Our entire lives, we’ve been force fed into believing that it’s better to fit in a box than to stand out. That gliding along in life is easier if you conform to inane societal standards about what things you should have accomplished in life rather than evolving into the type person that you’re astutely, intelligently and proudly determined to be.  Weirdness isn’t about other people or their opinions, weird is what happens when you choose to embrace your unknown and ebb with your own flow.

My entire life, I’ve more or less been a perfectionist – almost to a fault: there’s a thin line between perfectionist and OCD, but if you tell me where it is, I’ll clean it up. The world as we know it is a tumultuous, chaotic, messy, entropic place – so why are we under the assumption that internally we should be any different from our external environment?  I know it sounds strange, but it’s taken me almost 3o years to figure  out that it’s better to break the mold than be it.  And yeah, I’m full fledged, 110% positive that I’ve got the weirds; and I’ve got’em bad.  According to one of my favorite books – The Secret Language of Birthdays – I was born on the ‘Day of Idiosyncrasy‘, December 7th, and I think it’s absolutely fitting.  I like eating pico de gallo by itself and watching the weather channel, I talk to my cats and sometimes swear they’re conversing with me, I do most things backwards and spend a good proportion of my time laughing at myself, for either the weird shit that comes out of my mouth (seriously, say two near words together and immediately I’ll shout out their new illegitimate literary word child) or awkward things I actually physically do.

So, to inspire you to get a little strange, zany, crazy, silly, bizarre, uncanny, supernatural, odd, wonky and plain old weird this weekend – I’ve pulled some of my favorite quotes.  Enjoy your Friday and don’t be afraid to let your freak flags fly, my friends!

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[Weekly Dose of Wisdom] New Inspiration for a New Year

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In somewhat of a ‘new’ tradition, Danny and I cruised up the California Coast again this New Years Eve for our second annual Sea of Dreams experience.  And it’s all too fitting to us that Sea of Dreams resides in an San Francisco’s vast Ocean of Opportunity.  A compact, efficient city – it hustles and bustles on par with Los Angeles and New York City, but with more pedestrians and more clouds.  Sea of Dreams was a spectacle in itself, and you’ll get to hear about that soon enough – but what left me with an even bigger impression was a whisper at the end of the night.  Departing from Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, we stumbled across a corner and into an older gentleman, roaming the streets with a secret and a smile.  As we inched closer to pass him, he grinned “It’s the second half of the second decade of the second millennium.” We only marinated in that moment for a millisecond before Danny laughed back, “Day one, brother!”.  A smile populated the man’s face as he walked away, and we stood there – staring at each other in amusement.

Whether it’s waking up on the right side of the bed, a fresh jolt of sunshine, or a new lease on life –  every day has the potential to be your ‘Day Zero’, but the start of a New Year provides fertile ground for your passions.  To kick things off the right way, I’ve found some quotes that speak to me – about following dreams, building desires, focusing on intentions and the pursuit of a better tomorrow.

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[Weekly Dose of Wisdom] Let Freedom Ring

In the wake of the various protests around the Country, from Ferguson and Michael Brown, New York and Eric Garner, Oakland and Berkeley dealing with their own socio-political unrest and workers from Wal Mart to McDonalds waging a strike against minimum wage, we’re at the cusp of a revolution in this country.  And for being 30, it’s a shame that my childhood and adulthood weren’t spotted with more unrest – lower college tuition, raising the working wage so families didn’t have to live paycheck to paycheck, fighting for equal pay for equal time; there are so many pertinent issues that are seemingly finally coming to a head.  We’re in the process of repeating history, of reliving the old Civil Rights Movement and I wanted to take some time and marinate on our current social, economic and political climate.  Quote about adversity, diversity, strife, freedom, the aggregious overreach of power and the like.

Ghandi, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X – each speaks to a generation, a people; loud, soft, proud, poignant – their words might differ, but their messages are mirrored and echoed throughout time and eternity.  Raise your voice and take a stand; be proud of your cultural heritage, but be prouder that you can now do something about it’s current vector.

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