June 22, 2021

Outcast // Unique Springboard to "Ordinary" Observation

Outcast // Unique Springboard to "Ordinary" Observation

Reframe what it means to be an outcast - Helen shares personal insights and short stories about what it means to have a mind that may feel like it's from "another world".

Reframe what it means to be an outcast - Helen shares personal insights and short stories about what it means to have a mind that may feel like it's from "another world".


Hey, you it's Helen and you're listening to the "Who You Needed" Podcast. 

Season two, episode three. Today's episode is titled: 

Outcast, the springboard of "ordinary" observations 

How being a creative person. Can actually make us feel ostracized sometimes, but it could work for our benefit. Stay tuned for more

As long as I can remember, I felt like an outcast. Not in the dark Gothic way that often blames the world, but like that person watching a will Ferrell movie and observes that funny way in which ordinary people react to odd life circumstances. For example, it's comical to me, how people rarely smile at each other when they're taking a walk.


Or how people who decide to smile often hold deep contempt for people who don't smile or wave back at them only to spiral into a deep conversation with themselves about the state of the world and the busy-ness of human life. I used to hold my intuition to look on with contempt because I suspected myself an oddity.


I must be. From another planet. I said to myself quietly, as I stared fascinated by the everyday interactions of human life. But then again, the compulsion to observe comes directly from the need to write. And writing comes from the need to understand my place in the world and what life means to quote David Steris.


I feel bad for people who don't. Because what are they going to do with what they just experienced as humans? I think we, we go through a lot. I was sitting in a coffee shop when I saw what seemed to be a close tribe of friends sitting across from me. I noticed an odd frustration and anger bubble up inside someone's lungs.


This teenage girl that seemed to be bright-eyed and hopeful seemed to be angry. Her lungs, the humanly released out nostrils of tears and boogers. Her friends spoke to her about logic and practicality and creating something new out of obstacles. You do not understand. She said to her friends to finally figure out what you want out of your life.


Yet her friends spoke to her about logic and practicality. Of discovering something through a containment of logic. And yet she said, you do not understand what it feels like to rise above the tides of everyday actions to pursue something, because you know, that work isn't just work. And as I inadvertently listened to that conversation, I knew deep in my heart what she was saying.


To feel like an outcast and a group of people that are okay with living with logic, but there's something in a creative's heart that wants to move beyond that, to create something beautiful, to inspire a movement, a group of people and tears began to flow from my face. As I reflected on her statement


to know that work, isn't just. That it breeds out of you comes from a need for motion, just like food. It deserves no argument. And that's when I realized that fortune favors those who aren't afraid to stand out to be an outcast. In other words, fortune favors the bold. It is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for people who merely fall.


What is given to them, it's those that analyze and craft and observe the world around them and seek to make a difference in the world. That's what being an outcast means. It's about reclaiming what it is that you feel negatively about and understanding the super power behind being an observer, being someone who might be outside the game lines, but someone who.


Can have the control of crafting something that's so uniquely beautiful and animated and different with that said, I also want to acknowledge the other side of the party to the person who might feel darkness and might feel negatively to say the least about being an outcast. There might be nights where you cry because no one else in your family understands you.


There might even be days. You write in your journal and you say, I don't understand why I am the way that I am. Why couldn't I just be a doctor like everybody else in my family, which I know that there are people listening who struggle with that. And I would say that that's real, but the second part of it is you have your creativity.


You have that piece of you. Is special. Use it, use the hard things that you're experiencing and write about it. Tell a story about it. Craft a short story, start a movement. Sometimes our obstacles are the way I referenced this book all the time. Ryan holiday's the obstacle is the way. And Chris Doe's pocket full of DOE those two books.


Tell stories about people who have gone through some of the hardest life circumstances, been ostracized by their families. And yet they channel all of their energy and feelings of darkness into creativity, into an art, into a speech that moves a wave of people that feel alone. So if that's you today, you might be the one that changes somebody else's.


I hope this message encourages you in some way. I hope it uplifts you because you deserve it with that said thank you for listening to today's episode. I love to hear from you. I see you and I love getting your emails. So if you have something to say, go ahead and email me at whoyouneededpod@gmail.com. If you have any notes, if there's anything you like, anything that you don't like, please let me know. I'm always open to feedback and I just want to serve you as the creative. You're awesome. Talk to you soon. .