I’m feeling like a bit of a slacker on my posts lately. My apologies. Finals are coming. Not to mention my old school “vintage” mac’s mouse is frozen on the computer I normally blog from–guess I wore it out? Ha.
Anyway, two conversations/situations brought me the material for this post today. First, had a true hollywood story conversation about a topic that I’ve been curious about for awhile with someone I trust today, who basically reconfirmed my suspicions. (I know, cryptic, but I can’t really say more about that, other than the energy from that conversation brought me to this post.)
Second, I’ve been having a miniature epic battle over at Twitter with a friend of mine this week about which is better: VanHalen, or VanHagar? (I know, I know…with all the real problems in the world, who cares?) Well, look, here’s my point. There are ALWAYS going to be haters. There are ALWAYS going to be people who disagree. There is ALWAYS going to be dissension among the ranks. And generally, I’ve found this to be true the more epic your ideas or the higher up you get.
Let me explain.
Usually, people want you to do well. They’re on your side. However…when you do something REALLY epic…? That epic-ness tends to polarize people. Your real friends are going to be in your corner. The fair weathered friends? They might become haters. But when you have haters, that means you’re onto something truly epic. When people see people doing epic stuff, they go one of two ways. The love either gets stronger, or…there’s that old saying between fine line of love and hate.
Generally, I’m not a hater, unless of course you’ve bitten me. (Bite me once, shame on you, bite me twice, shame on me.) I personally think there is something to be gained from each and every person on this planet–exchange ideas, share passions, make the world a better place, etc. However, there will always be the polar opposite around when you get epic. It’s like the Force–there’s dark and light to it. You almost need to have both in order to balance out the universe, maybe? I don’t know. But here’s how I manage it: I either fight the negative energy, or better yet, ignore it. Ignoring the haters actually allows me to channel my energy into producing something even MORE EPIC than before-yay! And my friends, success is the best revenge, isn’t it?
Not that I’m hating my friend Dave’s VanHagar love. He just happens to be wrong. VanHalen is just better.