What could the Weirdo World be defined as? It is a world where we embrace the
weirdo inside of us. We relish in the peculiar characteristics that fit together like a puzzle to
complete who we are. We are dreamers, rebels, misfits all perfectly packaged into one being
because we refuse to conform to the norm. We have the courage to be unapologetically
different. It is practically woven into our DNA to stand out and dream crazy dreams. We whole
heartedly believe anything can be done no matter what level of crazy it may be at.
Walt Disney is a prime example of what a member of the Weirdo World is like. He
conjured up this outlandish idea of a talking mouse named Mortimer, later known as Mickey.
What kind of person could possibly think of something like that? Only a weirdo could. He had
an idea and did everything in his power to bring it to life, even when people around him
thought his ideas were complete nonsense. His crazy ideas blossomed into something amazing
and timeless that people all around the world recognize.
If Walt Disney had confined to what the people around him deemed as the “norms” we
would have no Disney anything. Being a weirdo is not bad. Being a weirdo is beautiful. Amazing
things can come from a weirdo brain in a weirdo world. We weirdos have to keep pushing
through the negativity that may cross our paths and let the negativity inspire our creativity and
our passions more than ever.
From the time we are kids in school, we’re conditioned to worry about what people think of us. Kids get bullied for being different or are scared to perform in a talent show for fear of what the audience will think. Our entire lives are wrapped in this idea that we have to care what other people think about us. It’s true for kids in school but it’s also true even as adults. That concern for other people’s opinions doesn’t disappear as we get older, it stays put no matter where we are in life. And I think it does us a lot of harm.
There’s a quote I like that says, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who
mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” It’s just a simple little saying, but the
meaning rings true. Fear of the opinions of others is something that will only hold you back in life. Be who you are confidently and fearlessly--that’s the only way to live.
Think about the people you admire most: singers, actors, artists, entrepreneurs...whoever they are, how did they get to where they are today? Do you think they let their nerves or fears of what people would think get in the way of their dreams? Of course not! They knew what they wanted and they chased after it with everything they had in them. And they became successful, passionate people because of it. If you want something in life, you have to have the confidence to go after it without worrying about what people might think.
So often, we live in fear of judgment from others. We let that fear decide what we do and how we act, when really, it shouldn’t matter to us at all. The person you are inside--strong, talented, beautiful, and passionate--that person doesn’t change based on others’ opinions of you. Don’t get so caught up in that that you forget what you’re capable of. More often than not, the people who are judging your dream are not the type of people who should matter to you. And the ones who do matter? They’re busy pursuing their own dreams!
Take a good look at yourself and ask this question: Am I letting my fear of what people think
stop me from living my dreams? If you are...it’s time to reevaluate. And remember, the people who matter will support you in your pursuits. And the people who don’t? They shouldn’t matter! Keep chasing your dream and doing what makes you come alive...it’s the only way to really live.
I’m sick and tired of you getting in my way. This has gone on for long enough and it’s time I put
a stop to it. Every time I have an idea I want to pursue, a journey I want to take, a goal I want to
reach, you find a way to stop me. Wherever I turn, there you are. You block me at every angle
under the guise of protecting me. You act like you don’t want me to fail and your presence is for
my own good. But deep down inside, I know the truth. You don’t want me to succeed. You’re
getting in the way of my dreams.
It’s been this way for years, but it’s time I took a stand. Fear, I’m not going to put up with you
anymore. You follow me around every corner, waiting for me at every turn. That stops now. I’m
sick of you! So I’m finally doing something about it. From here on out, we’re done. I’m moving
on without you. So get out of my head, get out of my way, and get out of my life! From now on,
things are going to be different. This relationship we have--the toxic, controlling one--is going to
change. From now on, you’ll come into my head only when I need you. Only when you are
genuinely there to protect me.
This is the point I choose to put myself first. You’re not running the show anymore and I’m not
going to live my life under your thumb. You’re through crushing my dreams and keeping me
down. From now on, I’m doing what I want and taking charge of my life. I’m going to pursue my
dreams without you. And if you think you’re going to hold me back any longer, you’re dead
wrong. This time, it’s all about me. I’m not afraid anymore. So fuck you, fear!
For some of us, there’s a feeling burning inside that we were meant to do more. The feeling that
a mediocre life isn’t good enough. The knowledge that a meaningless job won’t be enough to
fulfill us. And no matter what the world says, we know we’re meant for more. It’s a struggle to
ignore that feeling, knowing all that your life could be. And it’s definitely not something that
should be ignored.
Not everyone has the dreamer’s disease. That feeling that presses you on toward something
more. The feeling in your heart that keeps you going even when the world is against you. Some
people are happy to live a life without passion and purpose. But not me. And I’m guessing not
you, either. We’re the dreamer’s. And that’s worth holding onto.
The New Radicals have a song called “You Get What You Give” that really hits home.
Check out some of the lyrics:
But when the night is falling
You cannot find the light (light)
You feel your dreams are dying, hold tight
You've got the music in you
Don't let go, you've got the music in you
One dance left, this world is gonna pull through
Don't give up, you've got a reason to live
Can't forget, we only get what we give
If ever you think your dream isn’t worth holding onto, think about those lyrics. The dreamer’s
disease isn’t a curse...it’s a gift. The thing that separates successful people from the people who
could have been. The thing that sets you apart from the rest of the world. It’s a fire in your belly,
an ache in your soul for something more. That’s what the dreamer’s disease is all about. Do you
have it in you?
If you do, it’s time to set aside your fear and chase after your dreams. If you’re at the end of
your rope thinking your dreams and ambition aren’t worth fighting for, that’s the moment you
have to fight even harder. If you’ve got a spark inside you pushing you toward greatness, you
have no choice but to follow it.
Being a dreamer isn’t easy. It wasn’t meant to be. But it sure as hell is worth it. You’ve got a
light inside that most people couldn’t even imagine. And that’s more important than you might
realize. It’s time to embrace the dream and run straight for it. Whether it’s your reason for living
or just a reason to laugh, whatever it is, your dream matters. And it’s something you should hold
onto tightly. Don’t you want to have the dreamer’s disease, too?
The dictionary defines fear as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.” It is simply the feeling of being afraid. But what the dictionary fails to capture is how vastly different various types of fear are. There are rational fears, practical fears, and fears entirely in your mind. There’s a good kind of fear--the kind that keeps you safe while hiking near a cliff, or protects you when you’re walking alone at night. And there’s the unnecessary kind of fear--the kind that keeps you up at night after watching a scary movie or thinking about sharks while in the swimming pool. But what is fear, really? And what effect does it have on our lives?
Very few of us actually want to experience fear in our lives. It can be a crippling feeling that smothers us and keeps us from doing things. How many people avoid rock climbing for fear of heights, or avoid hikes or swims in a river for fear of snakes? Have you ever thought about the extent to which fear has held you back in life?
In order to live a life that’s not governed by fear, you’ll need to do a couple of things. First, think about all the things you’re afraid of. From big things like your future to small things like bugs. Then, think about which of those fears affect your life. If your list of fears is primarily made up of things that aren’t practical, it might be time to do something about it.
Getting over your fear isn’t simple. The things we’re afraid of can have a tight grip on our lives. But realizing what things hold us back and what things aren’t practical can make a huge difference. Recognizing the need for change is the first step toward being able to have a life that isn’t run by anxiety. Fears can even become a list of goals. Are you afraid of change? Make it a point to try something new. Are you afraid of travel? Make it a goal to head to a new spot this year. Tackling your fear head on can be an effective way of overcoming it. That can be the small step that launches your life into something truly exciting.
Perhaps the most iconic dream of all time was the one spoken about by Martin Luther King, Jr in his famous “I have a dream” speech. His dream was of equality and civil rights for all. When he spoke about his dream he inspired courage and determination in people for generations to come. His dream was for a better world and has gone down in history as one of the most famous speeches of all time. What could be more inspiring than that? Chasing after his dream made a dramatic difference not only in his life but in the lives of so many other people as well. He used his passion to inspire millions...can you imagine what the world would be like if he had chosen instead to ignore it? For him, chasing his dream was a matter of great importance.
But what about your dream? Does it matter, too? It would be easy to compare your dream to Martin Luther King, Jr’s and think that it’s not worthy of pursuing. Or to think that it’s just too difficult to attain. How could you do something so brave and challenging; would you even have the strength to do it? Or what if your dream seems small and insignificant in comparison? But the thing about dreams is, they exist for a reason. That passion and purpose found their way into your heart and there is nothing more important than following it, regardless of what that dream is.
Whether your dream is to build a better future for your children, or to simply make your home more organized and less stressful, your dream is valid and significant. Don’t be so intimidated by the thought of pursuing it that you don’t even bother to try. It’s easy for us to think that the things we care about and long for aren’t important or worth trying to achieve. After all, there’s no chance you’ll fail if you don’t bother to try. But what is most important is that you recognize the importance of the things you want in life and you try to chase after them. No matter what you think or what other people may try to tell you, all dreams matter. Even yours.
Some people call it destiny; some people call it a calling, or a purpose. But whatever it is, following your passion is about more than just clichéd definitions. Sayings like “follow your heart,” “find your bliss,” or “don’t give up on your dreams” have been repeated so often that they sound ordinary to us now. But before they were clichés, they were rooted in truth. And they became so popular for a reason.
Anyone who’s woken up day after day to drag themselves into a job they hate or a life they find unfulfilling will tell you there is something missing in their lives. The boring activities of an uninspired life will wear you down eventually. Human beings are adventurous, creative, and passionate creatures, and our lives were meant to be lived that way. The mediocrity of an unfulfilling life is enough to make people wonder what the point is to what they’re doing. Why are you living a life you don’t enjoy?
If you’ve ever had a nagging thought in the back of your mind that you were meant for more than this, or you’ve had a dream you’ve been ignoring…the time has come to act on it. You were given that dream for a reason. Whether it’s having a family, or starting a bakery, or writing the next hit song—your dream comes from a place of inspiration deep within your soul, and it shouldn’t be ignored!
When you live a life that doesn’t ignite your soul with passion, every day becomes monotonous. Your life becomes little more than a string of mediocre days all tied together. But when you seek after the things you love, the things you hope for and dream of, life becomes an exciting adventure. And that’s what human beings were made for!
Even if you’re pretty content with how things are, chasing after your dream can mean the difference between a pretty decent life and an incredibly fulfilling life. Who wouldn’t want that? Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams...you were given them for a reason!