Wednesday, June 28, 2017

the rebel's manifesto

A few months ago I was scrolling through Pinterest and came across this list called, “The Rebel’s Manifesto.” I thought it was SO badass that I printed it out and taped it on the side of my fridge. 

I think there’s a few different “definitions” of what a rebel is, but to me, a rebel means this:

  • Someone who has their own morals and beliefs.
  • Someone who remains true to themselves and their values without giving into any form of pressure.
  • Someone who doesn’t follow the rules. 
  • Someone who doesn't follow trends. 
  • Someone who stands up for what they believe in despite what anyone else says. 
  • Someone who knows who they are and does not compromise themselves for society, for their family or friends, and certainly not to “fit in.”
  • Someone who expresses their true authentic self and individuality. 
  • Someone who is straightforward and honest and tells it like it is.
  • Someone who exhibits great independence with their thoughts and action.
  • Someone who lives their life the way they want to and not what everyone expects of them. 
  • Someone who doesn’t give a damn what others think of them. 
  • Someone who prefers dangerous freedom over peaceful safety. 
  • Someone who doesn’t ask for permission. 
  • Someone who can confidently stand alone.

But the really cool thing about rebels? Most don’t even know they are one. 

So, print this list out. Save it to your phone. Look at it everyday. Let it inspire you to live an authentic life. Let it encourage you to become the best possible badass version of yourself. Let it comfort you in the sense that it is okay not to fit in. Let it motivate you to speak freely and honestly. Let it push you to do the things that you are scared to do. Most importantly, let this list remind you that life is short—live it well and live it for you. 

1. Do the opposite of what you were taught in school.

2. Care not for the opinions of others. They are based on their own thoughts and fears.

3. Study the work of other rebels. Steal things from them. Research with fury.

4. Forget about the competition. They are on a different path than you. Trends are for suckers.

5. “There’s nothing we really need to do that isn’t dangerous”— John Cage. 
Do the things that scare you on a daily basis.

6. Make a mess.

7. Embrace your darkside. Your so called “Dark Qualities” (or labels) are a source of great power. Find a way to incorporate them into your work. Feature them. Pay particular attention to what makes you angry.

8. Exercise your voice. Put your thoughts, ideas and opinions out into the world 
even if it scares the shit out of you (see number 5).

9. Expand your horizons. Leave home. Visit other places/cultures. Wander aimlessly.

10. Never limit your playtime. Even if your brain is telling you otherwise. 
All of your best stuff comes from it, if you allow yourself to remain open to the unknown.

11. Question EVERYTHING.

13. Follow your heart.

(There was no number 12 included in this list. Why? Because a rebel doesn’t give a shit if there’s no number 12) 

“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.” —Steve Jobs 

Keep on keepin’ on—
XX, Laura

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