John Mayer news below this quote!
I found this interesting quote and I had to clip it for this blog. It is from an interview Rachel Maddow did in 2010 for the Matthew Shepard foundation. Rachel is gay or “queer” as she tends to say. (I have to mention that for the quote to make sense.) Anyhow:
I think that, and this is going to sound a little bit trite, but I think a really big part of ending up an effective person who gets a lot done in the world is knowing yourself well enough to know what you’re really good at. I think that a lot of times people sort of get boxed into pursuing lines of either study or activism or career paths that they’ve seen other people use to succeed and become leaders, and I don’t necessarily think that’s the best way to do it. I think a lot of people go to law school and become lawyers before they realize that that’s not actually going to be the way that they make their mark in the world. I think the way you make your mark in the world is by figuring out what you’re good at and then figuring out a way to do that as your vocation. And so whether its it’s art or math or rhetoric or philosophy or organizing or engineering or whatever it is, do the thing that you’re awesome at, because … you’re going to need to be really awesome at something if you’re going to want to change the world by doing it. And there’s a lot of different ways to contribute and be successful. But by forcing yourself to do something that isn’t really your forté because you think it’s the way to be successful or influential almost never works. I think you really have to know yourself and follow what you’re good at in order to be the best you can possibly be. I also think that, as queer people, we have sort of an advantage because one of the ways that queer people change the world is by being out, and that’s something that most other minority groups don’t have to contend with. And this sort of secret silver lining to that is, that you can change the world for queer people by being a physicist or by being a violinist or by being any number of things, just by virtue of the fact that you are willing to be out.
Emphasis MINE. I know it is wrong, wrong, wrong to say this but isn’t it great that you can be somebody just by being out? That isn’t why I posted the quote but I just love that idea. I actually am envious of that. I’m not naive. I know all about the LBGT community, the pressure, discrimination etc. I’m following the sad Tyler Clementi case. I’ve watched every second of the trial. And the whole thing makes me so angry. I just wish someone could rewind time. Did his life have to end that way? Why did this happen? Okay, I’m going off on a tangent.
But the real gist of the quote is sort of obvious but it resonates with me and where I am in my life. I know a lot of people can relate to it. I’ll just leave it there. Sigh.
Okay so the good news is that I got AWESOME John Mayer tickets. I should say ticket. Everyone says tickets so to not be strange I always say “tickets”. I got a 4th row seat. Say what? YEP. 🙂 🙂 🙂
The show is about 6 weeks away. SQUEAL! This will be my second time seeing him. This will be my first time seeing him in a small venue. I’m already thinking about seeing him again this summer. But I don’t know. I won’t be able to take any time off during July – September. (Sucks, I know). I might have to be creative. Forget the summer tour. I get to see him this spring!! Before the album comes out…I know some people had a sucky time getting tickets today but remember there WILL BE a summer tour. There always is.
Total yayness!!!!!!!!! 🙂