It resonated with lots of people in the room and it made others uncomfortable. Uncomfortable about their privilege. Their privilege to decide what they want for their life.
Having the ability to choose what you want can be difficult. What if you dont know what you want? What if you choose something and then you realize don’t want it anymore.
Elle has a great technique for recording what she wants. She will write her wants, whether they be small wants or big wants.
I’ve adopted this practice in my own home, since in the past I’ve struggled with knowing what I wanted. I’ve put up lots of wants that may seem unattainable but I’m happy to share that I’ve received some of them already (I guess you’ll have to come over to my place to read my index cards:)
Awhile back my buddy Ronen V encouraged me to take part in the same exercise and I can’t recall if I ever created a want list. One helpful trick he shared with me was that you can have contradictory wants.
For example I have 2 index cards on my wall. One that reads: I want to have lots of kids. The other reads: I want to have zero kids.
When you start meditating on what you want you start a dialogue with yourself and with others to understand why you want what you want as well as you begin starting making moves consciously or unconsciously in the direction of obtaining what you want.
As someone who used to not think they had permission to want things, this is a great exercise of the mind, I highly recommend it.
“Here’s to the normal ones. The conformists. The pushovers. The followers. The square pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things the same. They’re fond of rules. And they have respect for the status quo. You won’t quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. The only thing you can do is ignore them. Because they don’t change things. They hold the human race back. And while some may see them as safe, we see mindless destruction. Because the people who aren’t crazy enough to think they can change the world, don’t.”—When you reverse that apple “think different” ad it’s pretty harsh (via ronenv-post)
"Everyone dreams: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
This I did.
I meant to make a new nation, to give millions the foundations on which to build a dream-palace of their thoughts. So high an aim called out the inherent nobility of their minds, and made them play a part.