Beauty is all around us, all we have to do is look for it.
This afternoon, I sat down at my kitchen table and saw this suspended flower in the corner of my eye. It fascinated me because of its staggering beauty and how easily I could have overlooked it. Time appears to be frozen as this falling flower hangs in the air.
The world composed this shot for me; all I had to do was take the picture. A group looks down above the falling flower while three fallen flowers await below. The way I see it, the ones above represent the status quo. They comfortably follow the dominant narrative, and remain connected to their stems because that’s what they’re “supposed” to do. The ones below symbolize those who refused to live a life of complacency. Paraphrasing the words of my friend Andrew Mak, they renounce marginal improvement and pursue radical change.
The suspended flower represents the courageous one that took the leap. Interpret its suspension however you want, but I think this photo perfectly embodies the famous “Think Different” slogan:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? We make tools for these kinds of people. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
To me, the suspended flower and its companions below are the crazy ones. The misfits, rebels, and troublemakers. Take what you want with this picture; to me, it’s a powerful reminder of the beauty that is around us.