Color Outside The Lines
What does that mean to Color Outside the Lines? I remember when my son started coloring. He was old enough to hold a crayon but not old enough to have the hand-eye coordination to stay inside the lines of the coloring book. So, I’d guess you’d say he was “normal”. Kids typically are like that though aren’t they? They come home from school or church with a drawing and they are SO proud of it. The sky is purple, the trees are blue, the bunny rabbits are red. And they hold it up like they just recreated the Mona Lisa. We look at it and say, in a condescending voice if we’re not careful, “What is THAT?” I remember Melanie correcting me and saying you don’t ask a child that. You need to sit them down and ask them to tell you about their picture. So, as I sat down with him and asked him, what I thought was a bird in the sky was a cloud. That red bunny was really a flower. And, my head was 5 times larger than it should have been on my body that was 5 times smaller than it should have been. But, to him, it was a masterpiece. It was exploding with color all over the place.
A bit later, I remember sitting with him and telling him that the sky was blue and handing him a blue crayon. Trees are green, rabbits are gray, white, brown, etc. We start to teach our children to NOT Color Outside the Lines. In a way, we are teaching them that there are rules to follow and lines to not cross. In a lot of areas of society, that is a GREAT thing. There ARE lines that should not be crossed. Some lines, if crossed, can cause physical harm to us or others and other lines are there to protect us and others emotionally and spiritually. But, as I sit here and write this, I’m wondering how many times have we taught our children to not color outside the lines and it stifles their creativity? What masterpieces have we missed out on in society because we end up pigeon-holing ourselves and others and tell them to stay inside the lines?
Color Outside The Lines – But Don’t Be Stupid!
I’m not suggesting that you go crazy and start breaking a bunch of laws just to be a rebel and color outside the lines. I’m simply saying do something outside the norm. You’ve heard me say before that you need to do something scary that won’t kill you. There is a lot of energy that is released when you can just let go. Start knocking some things off of your bucket list. Do something FUN that no one thinks you will do. I am actually looking forward to being an older man and acting crazy. But, I want to be wealthy so people won’t see me as the crazy old fool, but as the eccentric wealthy older gentleman. I want to color outside the lines for my entire life. There are so many people who want to be seen as normal that they never step out of the normalcy of life to do something odd or different. Wear a bright shirt. Put whitewalls on your car. Just be different from the crowd. We all want our children to do the same things and make them like others. We want our sons to play sports and our daughters to be a ballerina. We may think it a bit odd if our son wants to major in theater or drama and if our daughter wants to be on the football team. Indeed it is a bit odd, but they are just being themselves and not worrying about what society or people in general are thinking about them. Again, I’m not talking about being odd to the point where you intentionally draw attention to yourself to fill a void, such as blasting ear splitting music while driving down the road and sitting at stoplights and disturbing others, but doing something for yourself that is not necessarily the norm. Get out of your Comfort Zone!!
Color Outside The Lines – Be Yourself!
When you are coloring, if you think the tree should be blue, color it blue. If you want to color outside the lines, color outside the lines. I’m speaking metaphorically here. There are people who don’t understand why I laid down my Engineering Career to be a Full Time Beachbody Coach. They look at me and wonder how I can just “throw away my education, experience and licenses like that”. The truth is, this is a lot more fun and I get to help people with every aspect of their lives. As a person’s Beachbody Coach, I get to help them with marital relationships, children issues, job situations and all of that. I typically don’t counsel them myself but I can point them to a book I’ve read or a lecture I’ve heard or something. I’m not smart enough to come up with that stuff on my own, but I can plagiarize with the best of them. I can use something someone else came up with. I love surprising people and doing the unexpected also. I like to make people laugh. I love it when I see a twinkle in someone’s eyes because I am helping them live life in a non-normal way. I am actually battling that myself right now because my oldest son doesn’t want to go to The Citadel where I went to college, but is leaning toward a civilian college. But, I am doing my best to let him find his place in life and let go and not make him do what I think he should do. I am not going to allow myself to be upset if he decides not to follow in my footsteps. All I want for him is for him to follow Jesus, live a good life and follow the laws of society and be himself. The rest is up to him and I hope he continues to color outside of the lines. I want him to always DREAM BIG!!