Have you ever seen the movie, “The Wild One” with Marlon Brando? It’s an oldie, but goodie from circa. 1953. I recall watching it in my college days when I was trying to absorb as much of rebel subculture and history as possible as a student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Recently, hubby and I found the DVD version of the film on sale at our local bookstore. I grabbed it out of the bin, walking over to hubby with a big grin, saying, “What do you got?” Of course, we ended up buying it!
In the movie, Marlon’s character, Johnny is standing by the juke box as the members of his Black Rebel Motorcycle Club dance with women they met at a cafe in a town they were visiting (or should I say, “terrorizing” as best as they could in the 1950’s). A woman the one member is dancing with asks Johnny what he’s personally rebelling against. He replies with the famous line: “What do you got?” (I found a video of the scene on YouTube for you: http://youtu.be/_4NkkAQllfo I didn’t post it and I don’t obviously own it, so this is just me sharing the link!).
I get asked somewhat regularly what I’m rebelling against. I think sometimes, people see my website here and think that I might possibly be a hard ass chick without a lot of softer emotions. Actually, this stereotype of the rebel does not fit me. I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I’m mostly not afraid to show it. That is my own personal rebellion–in a positive direction. I strive to be as loving as possible to others as I go about my daily life. I also work on being emotionally aware. Emotions and feelings are a form of energy that create your reality. Compared to thoughts, which also are creating your reality, emotions and feelings have a stronger vibe. The Universe responds to them more profoundly.
Anyway, enough of my boilerplate lecture about the law of attraction. I decided to have some fun and ask myself, “What do you got?” I came up with a simple answer. It was LOVE. Yeah, love is it. Love is the glue that holds it all together in the Universe.
I joke with my hubby that the only remaining way to be punk rock in the world is to show a little kindness and love.
Recently, I asked a woman behind me at the coffee shop if she wanted to go ahead of me. I was trying to make small talk, saying lovingly that I could tell that she was in a bit of a hurry. Well, she went off the handle at me. Clearly, I was bringing up her issues. I just smiled and said, “Oh, okay.” As I approached the counter, the kind barista told me my drink was on the house. She heard all that happened.
I forgot about this story until recently. I guess the shock of it still is there. I mean, really? Some people get mad if you are nice? This seemed so effed up. But, I haven’t allowed it to stop me from my random acts of kindness.
I even notice that some people have a hard time accepting a kind gesture. I dislike grocery shopping, so I try to go as little as possible, which means I have a ton of stuff in my cart usually. I will keep an eye out for poor souls behind me with only 20 items. I ask them if they want to go ahead of me. Recently, I noticed an elderly gentleman with only a few things. He didn’t want to use the self-serve checkout, he said. I asked him if he wanted to go ahead of me. He accepted. The person ahead of us was paying her bill, all in a rush. Of course, her and the cashier looked at me as though I was from outer space. I guess this makes me sad. Some people are not used to kind people, it seems.
In public, I sometimes feel the energy of some people treating me like I’m a pylon in their way, whether I’m in a store or driving my car. I do my best to simply smile at everyone I meet. Yeah, I have my days when I am in a rush, but I do my best to be kind and loving. It’s such a simple, positive way to rebel. I’m not rebelling against unkindness, by the way. I’m choosing love.
I know that some might say that rebellion is not a positive thing. I beg to differ. I myself get all excited over the rebel archetype. I like the smell of leather (hey, I’m not a vegan, by the way!). I think of positive images and feel good. In my book, this works for me. I just think of it more positively than some rebellious souls might. I don’t see the need to self-destruct with addictions or danger. Been there, done that. I do see the need though to follow my heart by choosing the path of love.
So, I ask you, “What do you got?” What do you want to rebel against? What are you choosing instead? Do you find the concept of positive rebellion interesting? I’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment here.
Thanks and blessings,
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