We’re told so many stupid things in life that are casually wrapped in a one-size-fits-all mentality.
Kids and a mortgage are just part of a happy, fulfilling life. // You’re too old // You’re too young. // The amount of hours you work is a badge of honor. // You need to go back to school for that. // Keep your head down. // You’re running away from your problems. // Buy! Lease! You dummy! // Your worth = Your income // Play it safe. // Your career should be a straight and narrow path and if you work hard enough, you’ll remain at the same company into your pension-filled days.
By the way, what’s a pension? Asking for a friend…
You know who often gets left in the dust with this standard mentality? The dreamers and creators.
They’re out there busting ass before or after their 9-5 job working towards something that is bigger than that damn standard. They’re pushing rocks out of the way on an uncharted path demanding something different. Setting up Etsy shops or blogs or attending conferences or cold calling or vlogging or putting their vulnerability out there by reaching out to family and friends for support with their new endeavors.
You know who often needs more motivation and support than the standard goal-seeks? The dreamers and creators.
I have 15+ years of marketing experience and have never before seen such an experience-driven economy. Meaning, we’re just not marketing products anymore, we’re selling the experience that goes along with it. It’s almost as if those silly millennials are onto something when they want more in life than a declarative ‘Live Laugh Love’ wall decoration from Bed Bath and Beyond–they want to experience it too.
So, the jig is up! If you’ve ever wondered, “What if?” If you’ve ever thought an idea was too crazy. If you’re worried about how you’ll make ends meet. If you’re scared to share your new idea or change up your day-to-day because someone may laugh. If you feel less than supported, even by loved-ones who can’t see past the bottom line.
You’re not alone.
You’re not alone.
There’s plenty of us lurking around in dark allies or on the dark interwebs. 😉 I found fierce, unstoppable women here. I sought out travel-loving kiddos here. I show up to local meetings about causes I care about with people way younger or way older than me. So freakin’ what?
Find your tribe, even if it’s not a friend or any one related to you. You absolutely deserve support as a dreamer, creator or even doing something outside the prescribed definition of normal. You just may not get it. So, find your tribe!
When I’m feeling less than stellar, I turn to some videos and tunes that remind me that it’s the dreamers and creators that make this world go ’round.
Do What You Can’t – Casey Neistat
Rise Up – Andra Day
I’ll forever be a dreamer and creator in some way or fashion. Don’t let turds stand in the way of what you want, however crazy-scary it feels.
Fly that freak flag, baby.