The quo has officially lost its status

The irony of being a rebel is, we don’t play by anyone’s rules.
Including our own. And so, it’s easy to trap ourselves in an endless loop of

I’m reminded of a classic scene from my favorite television show.
Homer is driving home from a bar, completely intoxicated. And he announces to

I’m in no condition to drive. 

But then he has an epiphany…

Wait a
minute, I shouldn’t listen to myself, I’m drunk!

That’s the rebel’s loop. We
get stuck in an infinite regression of choosing freedom and resisting
expectation and flouting rules and accomplishing our own aims on our own terms.
We don’t have to do something just because somebody expects that of us.
People’s expectations are their problem. 

Instead, we choose to do things as
expressions of our identity. We hit the snooze button just to prove to the
alarm clock that we can. 

Which may sound exhausting to people who prefer to
oblige and uphold the rules, but when you’re born with rebellious wiring, there’s
no stopping that train. May as well ride it somewhere meaningful. 

Whitman was
perhaps the most notorious rebel of his time. And he inspired multiple
generations of poets and artists through his work. He famously wrote:

Take off
your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men. Dismiss
whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem. 

that’s a rebel. The quo has officially lost its status. 

And so, for those of us
in the club, for those of us whose spirit of opposition is ignited on a daily
basis, we remind ourselves to use it productively. To beware of being
rebellious to our own detriment. And to channel our defiant nature into
pursuits and careers and projects that make the world a better place. 

we’re just being annoying.


What are you converting your feelings of opposition into?


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