The following is an excerpt from my newly released book “101 Secrets for your Twenties.”
The most ridiculous thing you can do as an adult is stop being ridiculous.
Taking yourself too seriously is very serious work.
Very important, steadfast, I-can’t-be-bothered business.
Where you save up every penny to buy a one-way ticket to
Boredullameville—it’s kind of like living at Disneyland, except the exact opposite.
And there at Boredullameville, you can even be the mayor.
You can fret over your reports. You can wear slacks and use big words. You can prove the magnitude of your intellect with every “But the data says otherwise.”
You can give projects to subordinates and never look them in the eye. You can talk policy, procedure, and protocol all the livelong day. You can send out fiery emails perched behind your big oak desk, ccing the whole village.
Yes, you can be Mayor of Boredullameville and there spend your days living a very efficient, never-change-lanes-cruise-control life. You can make as much waves as a dead, dry leaf falling into a puddle of water. It’s awesomely un-awesome.
Or you can live differently.
You can live ridiculously.
The #1 rule to living ridiculously? Never, ever, under any circumstances, worry if people think you’re ridiculous.
Ridiculous people don’t even know where Boredullameville is on the map, let alone have any desire to run for office there.
Haters love to hate.
Boring people love to bore.
The realistic live all too real.
Naysayers love their ample amounts of nay.
On the other hand, ridiculous people live with their bodies dipped in awesome and they don’t care who crawls out from under a rock to tell them that painting your body in awesome is not the appropriate or responsible use of resources.
Ridiculous people are these weird, wild people that actually make you feel alive. They take one step in the room and the heavy weight of Stuffy Adult-Dom floats away like a helium balloon.
Ridiculous people believe in others more than others believe in themselves. Then they constantly encourage others to see the truth that they see.
Ridiculous people don’t care much for facts. Oh, they take them into account, but they know facts aren’t always factual. They know that facts are contrived by self-proclaimed adults for their own fancy.
Ridiculous people care more about doing what’s right than what will look right to others.
I want to be ridiculous. Are you with me?
You just read Secret #59 from my newly released book “101 Secrets for your Twenties” available wherever books are sold. To read 100 more secrets to rocking your 20s, snag a copy of the book and send me your receipt at paul[at]allgroanup[dot]com before July 11 to be entered to win a FREE iPad mini or Kindle Fire.