Live life without coloring inside the lines. Try rebelling against the things society sets as a norm. Dream about living a life surrounded by colors that don't exist … except in your dreams.. Exist on your own terms. Go wild for a while.
You and I, we live in a society that constantly tests our sense of self-worth. We share a society that makes you feel small and alone if you don' live up to its standards and expectations that are set for our demographics and who we are as people, so if you’re …
A woman, you’ve got to be a size zero
A man, you’ve got to have big biceps
Married, you’ve got to have children
A blonde, you must be dumb
Stuck wearing glasses, you're smart
Loaded with money you're happy
Struggling to pay your bills, your entire life is in shambles.
That’s life today. But since when – and why – did our self-worth become based upon big-time stereotypes that are imposed on us by "small-minded” people? Who put them in charge of deteriming our social and societal norms?
In order to color outside the lines of life you first have to straddle those lines. To break out of the box you’re in, you first have to break some rules. You have to be a rebel. Now I am not saying go break laws by any means, but let yourself live on the edge a little. Rules are made for people who don’t know what to do. If you know what to do, then the rules aren’t for you – at least not all of them. Some rules make sense – like “cross only on red” – but most of those other rules society imposes on us, not so much.
That’s what I believe, and here’s what I do with this belief: I read the rules before I break them. I acknowledge those rules are there – generally for a reason, though it might not be my reason. Then I take a deep breath and come up with an action plan. However, once I’ve got that plan, I make no promises on what happens next.
The thing is … no matter how much we tell ourselves we’ve got all the answers, the truth is, no one knows what to do. We weren’t born into this world with an instruction manual guiding us on how to go about our days. So when it comes to society’s rules, it’s not really about right and wrong.
Live a little people. I promise that if you always follow all the rules, you will also always miss all the fun. Who wants to do that? Not me. No thank you.
Remember when you were a little kid? Back when you colored outside the lines? When you finished your creative masterpiece and mom displayed it on the refrigerator for all to see? That was fun, but when did we stop doing that?
It stopped when we tried perfecting creativity. When we started coloring inside the lines. When we started conforming. When we started to follow the rules because that that’s what we were supposed to do.. When we started to be boring. Lame.
Today, you’re lame. I’m lame. We all are lame. Now that this idea’s finally out there, let’s fix it. Let’s be kids again. Let’s do the things we actually want to do even if we think it could be a bad idea. Let’s stop being so frickin’ lame! We have more knowledge now than we did back then. So I spend every day trying to learn from little kid Alexa and use the brains and experience I have as adult Alexa to create the best damn version of Alexa possible. You do it too! Mix the creative part of little kid you with the best of the adult you … color outside the lines for a change and … BAM … there you have it. The best version of you. World domination is near if you just be you, do you, and color outside the lines a little more.