"To all the misfits and trouble-makers, to all you free spirits and pioneers, all you visionaries and non-conformists. Everything society has told you is wrong with you, is actually what’s right with you. You see things others don’t. You are wired to change the world. Your mind is irrepressible. You were born to be leaders and revolutionaries because in your heart you know there’s a better way. Your impulsivity is a gift. Impulses are keys to the miraculous. Your distract-ability is an artifact of your inspired creativity. Your mood swings reflect the natural pulses of life. They give you unstoppable energy when you’re high and deep soulful insight when you’re low. Diagnosed with a disorder? That’s society’s way of denying its own illness by pointing it’s finger at you. Your addictive personality is just a symptom of your vast underused capacity for heroic creative expression and spiritual connection. Your utter lack of repression, your wide eyed idealism, your unmitigated open mind….Didn’t anyone ever tell you these are the traits shared by the greatest pioneers and visionaries, innovators, and revolutionaries, procrastinators, drama queens, activists, space cadets, mavericks, philosophers, derelicts, celebrities with ADD, first responders, prophets and saints!?… You know in your heart there’s a natural order. Something more sovereign than any man made rules or laws…”
This is part of a manifesto I overheard someone playing on their phone at a juice bar this afternoon. I couldn’t help but ease-drop and record it. I’ve transcribed part of it here so it could be passed on.