Stop me if you’ve heard it…
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
― Rob Siltanen
Although not penned by its founder, this quote was famously used in an Apple commercial, and is now widely known and admired. I personally love it! I think there was a time in history where being different was, well, different, and the “crazy ones” needed these quotes and movements that let them know it was okay to be a misfit. But in 2018 I feel that the pendulum has swung so far in the opposite direction that now being crazy/a misfit/a rebel is actually the new normal. What’s not normal then? Well, being normal. In a society where we crave the anti-hero and underdog story, I can’t help but wonder where I fit in.
I’m not a rebel by any means.I ❤ rules.I work well with authority structures. Besides the horror that was middle school, I’ve never felt terribly misunderstood by any large segment of society. I’ve worked the same job for about 4 years…interned there for 3 years prior to that… and my workplace happens to be where I went to high school…so I’ve been making the same drive for about 10 years now. I don’t possess wanderlust (I don’t even know if it’s something you posses or something you are..? Come back to me.) – plane rides and airports stress me out just as much as foreign countries do. I’m no tortured soul who can turn my pain into art. Paint-by-numbers is as creative as it gets for me. Besides coloring my hair and getting a tattoo with my mom, I’m about as straight-laced as they come. Which maybe was cool 40 years ago… but it’s not much to talk… I mean post about today. So how can I change the world? How can I “push the human race forward”? Can square pegs in square holes do anyone any good?
I think they can.
Because the crazy ones might invent the new technology…but it’s the CPAs, MBAs, CEOs and COOs who can take that invention and turn it into a sustainable business. Go nerds who spent hours studying instead of being cool! Your favorite NBA player might be good at what he does, and he has an amazing story as to how he got to where he is. But his spotlight couldn’t shine without his coaches, teammates, fans, managers, team owners, physical therapists, all the way down to the one who designs and orders his uniforms. See, society needs the boring ones like you and me!
In fact, when Moses – crazy, misfit – was leading a couple million Israelites out of Egypt, he soon became very bogged down because his days were spent mediating arguments between those people. He had much more important things to do…like write the 10 Commandments, see God’s face..stuff like that. So, his father-in-law told him in Exodus 18: “…select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens…”. Did you catch that? He wanted the boring ones! High fives for us. These men sitting for hours listening to people’s problems made it possible for Moses to change the world, ergo, they changed the world too.
I love and admire creative people – but I equally admire the non-creatives that come up behind them and make their creative dreams come to life. You don’t have to be Walt Disney, Michael Jordan, Beyonce, Martin Luther King, Steve Jobs, or Susan B Anthony to push the human race forward. Every single one of those people had supporters who got the word out, printed flyers, drove to auditions, organized meetings, tried products, and ran practices. While others see the goal, the boring ones see the steps it takes to get there. Dreams need schedules and great ideas need spreadsheets.
In the Body of Christ you might not be the hands or the mouthpiece…that’s okay. Because you’re probably the kidneys, the arteries, the thyroid…the hidden-yet-essential organs that make the body function every day. YOU make it possible for the hands and legs to move, and if YOU in your hidden-but-essential purpose give up, the body is going to have a lot of problems. You might not always feel like you’re making a difference, but my favorite thing about boring people is that we’re not ruled by our feelings.
“Here’s to the boring ones. The mild mannered. The nerds. The disciplined. The square pegs in the square holes. The ones who always show up on time. They’re good at following rules. And they always respect deadlines they’re given. You can look over them and they won’t mind, because they don’t work for human recognition. They don’t come in to push their own agendas. They stay in their lane and do their part on the team. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the boring ones, we see backbones. We see necessities. Because the people who keep showing up when others get discouraged, they are the ones who change the world.”