"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."-Steve Jobs
[I would apologize for what I am about to say but I would not be me if I apologized for telling the truth. That being said, those of you who are bothered by people who are different from you, brace yourself, I'm about to ruffle a few feathers]
In this crazy world, being labeled as "different" has been considered an act of treason (in the most dramatic way I could say that). Whether you are different because of your sexuality, stepping outside of gender norms, your hair, your clothes, even by the way you think, you know how it feels to be looked at as weird.
Usually I ask a question at this point so that people can understand the why, but I'll skip that and just tell you: People not only fear what they don't understand, but they fear you may be so different that you will be the person to change the world, ultimately doing better than them.
& That's exactly what Steve Jobs did. He did better and he kept the world in mind as he did so. He was so insanely optimistic on what technology could do, he kept pushing the limit. He failed and got back up again and still was a looked at as "crazy" and out of his mind. But you see what crazy has done years later? You now have a billion-dollar company that people can't wait to get a piece of. Those same people (I can guarantee you) are consumers of these products.
But what did Steve do right and others did not so right? He looked at the bigger picture and realized that it did not matter what others thought of him, he was going to change the way we view technology and help enrich lives in the process.
I say all of this to say, we have to be a little bit more open to differences amongst each other. Stop ridiculing one another for being different. We live in a world that is constantly changing and evolving and being afraid of something or not wanting to partake in it because you've never heard of it or seen it before, will always keep you one step behind.
I AM NOT SAYING DIVE HEAD FIRST INTO EXPLORING THE UNKNOWN. I am however, saying that just because you did not "grow up" with technology, does not mean you should not learn about it. Just because tattoos and piercings weren't "acceptable" when you were young, does not mean that you judge a person with them, but you maybe ask them why they have these and their stories behind them. Things were done differently in different times because of exactly that, it was a different time.
To those who are "different": It's 2017. "DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!" You were not meant to fit in, you were made to stand out. Think about it: we'd all look and act exactly the same if that were the case! Don't be afraid to speak your truth, look differently, or act differently because you are around a certain group of people. Don't let anyone make you feel like you are crazy and try to get you to conform to the "norms." Break the rules and let people label you as a rebel. Do your own thing and stay true to yourself. Embrace being different. it will get you to where you need to go. It's your race to run, no one elses!
P.S. If you choose to keep your closed mind and have a prejudice towards those who are different than you, remember that there is only ONE judge and juror at the end of the day; A.K.A. MIND YOUR BUSINESS! ;)