I went on my morning walk with a full face of makeup today. For this series, I’m making myself write, record a podcast and film a video everyday for 30 days. And I realized that things tend to get noisy during the day so I decided to wake up early to work.
However, after I was done, I realized it was time for my walk. I wasn’t sure what to do about the makeup. Should I wipe it off even though it makes sense to keep it on for the whole day? Should I excuse myself from today’s walk? I really didn’t want to be walking around at 6:00am with a full face of makeup. What would people say?
As soon as I thought of what people would say, I instantly knew what I had to do. Too many dreams have been killed because of what people will say. As much as the situation at hand wasn’t that big a deal, I understood that little things always affect big things.
I remembered a TED talk given by bestselling author, Mel Robbins where she said that the first decision you make every morning affects your whole day. She talked about how people frustrate their goals by snoozing their alarms or checking their phones first thing in the morning.
With that in mind, I wore my workout clothes and stepped out of my house with my full face of makeup. At first it felt uncomfortable, but eventually I got over it. The few people who looked my way gave me looks of awe and admiration. Some people whispered but I honestly couldn’t care less.
From this small act of boldness, I realized the truth about people who dare to be ridiculous. They stand out. They get noticed. And most people admire their courage. And those who don’t are reduced to a mere whisper.
Steve Jobs said:
“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… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but 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 ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Daring to be ridiculous makes you see things differently and it makes you unignorable. At the end of the day, the fear of what people will think should not stop you from doing what you want to do. Your life is yours to live, so dare to be ridiculous.