This is where I’m from- my hometown . And in all honesty I love this place. My grandpa rooted himself deep in the veins of the town and I’m happy he led me there.
The friends, the experience, and the setting.
All of these aspects (and many more) were amazing to me. And will continue to be. I will always love returning to this place where it all started. I will always love the people there. I will always love the city park, the gym, and the baseball field. I will always love the local cafe cookin’.
This will always remain my hometown.
But its the culture of success, expectations, and goals that push me away.
It’s the realist attitude of “Johnny, you’ll never change the world. You’re just Johnny.” It’s the expectation of average. It’s the goal of the sky and not the stars.
Now “Johnny’s” are not bad people/kids/boys/girls/what-have-ya’s, don’t get me wrong. But what about us that aren’t your typical Johnny. What about the ones who want to change the world, who want to aim for the stars, and who want to be different?
I’m not saying that there are not these creative minds that live in this place, because I know plenty of them. Many were my best friends.
Many “Johnny’s” are also my best friends. I’m not taking anything away from these people. In fact, I live with a johnny. And he’s my best friend. And he will do just fine in everything, maybe better.
My point in this is the depressing of the creative minds. Why tell us to be average? Why not aim for the stars and settle for the moon? Why cultivate the culture of average?
From personal experience, when I pursued Stanford I was looked at like I was a rebel. Branded different. And honestly, that was fine with me. That’s what I wanted. However, when I was told maybe I should aim a little lower or “be a little more realistic”, I wasn’t fond of this advice.
My only thing I wish people would take from this is- if you’re a non-Johnny, then pursue, persist, and persevere to be who you want to be. Don’t fall to the trap of “it’s ok”. Because, honestly, if you try as hard as possible and happen to fail at being a world-changer, what is going to happen? You’re going to be a happy person that fits in fine with everybody who knows that at least he/she tried for everything. And for the other side of the coin- if you hold authority and you depress this high goal setting, shame on you. Change that. Be a person who pushes.
Be the art in Earth, because without you Earth is just “eh”.
I know plenty of people that would love to strive for something spectacular. But they are raised to be so conservative and held-backish. They are fine with doing just what is expected.
One of my favorite Steve Jobs quotes of all time reads-
“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
So if you’re a crazy, then be a crazy. No matter what you’re crazy about. If you aren’t then that is just fine too.
On a different note, this talk of home has got me craving it more. I can’t wait to come home for Turkey Day. See my family, see old teachers, see friends, and many more great things. And give thanks for it all.
That’s such a great thought. And pie. Pie sounds good too (hint, hint Grammy!).