Every now and again, I come across something that is just so incredibly out there, I simply have to share. By every definition, this music video is waaaaaaaay out there.
Mark my words – this video will become every bit as popular as Ylvis’ “What Does The Fox Say”, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and other incredibly ludicrous, incredulous, merciless, and perfectly fabulous artistic statements that demonstrate everything that’s wrong, and everything that’s absolutely right, with society’s “acceptable” forms of entertainment.
What’s most interesting about this phenomenon is that there appears to be a certain threshold that, when reached, crosses the elusive line between, “ok, this is just plain nuts and unbearable” and “ok, this is just plain nuts and I LOVE it!”
While there is no prescription or formula that can be followed to attain this magical place (Ylvis’ video has over 466,000,000 views on YouTube – Psy’s has over 2.1 BILLION views), what is overwhelmingly evident is that, once you shift from being a CRITIC to being a CREATOR, interesting things happen… and, that your creations will always find a home with someone… somewhere.
Joan Rivers was a perfect example of someone who personified one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.” Joan was boisterous, over the top, unapologetic and polarizing.
Love her or hate her — you know who she was and have an opinion about her.
Fact is, there is NO life in the middle. Creating a life of meaning, of value, and of substance requires you to take a stand — for something, for anything — and be who you are and say what you feel. No matter what you do, you’re not going to please everyone. Hell, you may not even please anyone, but so be it.
Your goal is to embrace the unique nature of the Gifts you’ve been given, to wear your rose-colored glasses with pride, and to accept that your singular perspective is to be celebrated. So relish it, cultivate it, and share it. Whether or not you gain others’ approval is irrelevant. Whether or not they know you exist is.
A July 2013 survey of members of the world-reknown International Ice Cream Association (I swear I’m not making this up) found that 85% voted for Vanilla as their favorite flavor. With all of the amazing combinations of textures, ingredients, and tastes, 85% still voted for the old tried and true Vanilla. Seriously?
Yep… seriously. Which just goes to show you that, perhaps, Baskin & Robbins could change its moniker to reflect just 1 flavor and sales would likely to take a minimal hit. Hmmmm.
So, the next time you’re contemplating putting something forth for the world to judge, ask yourself, “Do I want to be remembered as Vanilla?” Your answer might surprise you.