I found myself today having a discussion with someone online.
About Square Pegs … Round Holes … Out Of The Box Thinking … and Calvin and Hobbes.
Well, at least the part of Calvin and Hobbes where he takes medication to “fit in” as a “normal” kid.
And all arguments about medications notwithstanding, I found myself once again wondering about the process in which children lose their creative spark in favor of fitting in to what society expects.
This is not the first time I have written about this whole phenomena of creativity and genius and how folks of that ilk end up being … well … un-ilk-ed. And finding another person like I am is more and more difficult.
I believe my exact words were ” … occasionally I find a kindred out-of-the-box spirit. And when I do, it’s Heaven.“
So, for those of you who may not have read the old post … or who are new readers … or who just don’t feel like clicking to an old post … here is a reblog of my post from back when.
Square Peg? Round Hole? C – None Of The Above …
… yes, definitely C … although I certainly identify with the Square Peg / Round Hole thinking.
People stare at it when I wear it, but very few seem to get it … the joke, that is … not the shirt.
Obviously round holes to my square peg. Or the other way around depending on the day.
So which is it?
The scattered young minds … round holes … being taught valuable information … square pegs?
Or is it the free thinking unlimited creativity round holes being trimmed by the educational system to fit into the square peg society that does not foster round holes?
And then what of those of us who do not conform?
Who says the pegs have to be square … or the holes round … anyway?
Some of us are square … pegs or not. Some are horses running free in the fields. While some others are safely back in the paddocks.
But I am not going to go there right now.
As life went on, I discovered that this square peg / round hole situation showed itself out in the work force. If you are a square peg, the worst thing you can do is join a round hole business. And of course the opposite holds true as well.
At least not without a great deal of effort.
But then, I don’t exactly fit into the square peg or the round hole way of existing.
I think one of the hardest, and certainly most unrewarding things in life is trying to be something that you genuinely are not.
Why yes, it does sound like I am speaking from experience, doesn’t it?
And I would guess it is equally frustrating the other way around.
Although lord knows we have probably all tried to make things work in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary … both professionally and personally.
It is starting to dawn on me that I will forever be either the square peg, or the round hole, but not the one that fits exactly. And that is fine with me.
Addendum For The Day:
I have always identified with square pegs and round holes, but I am even more fond of thinking outside the box. Who needs boxes, anyway?
And this morning while doing the morning reading of posts and subscriptions, I came across something posted by someone I know. Andrew Slack. Son of my friend Sharon … Jewish Sharon … who is, well, Jewish … as opposed to Yoga Sharon … who teaches Yoga.
Sharon is also known as the Art Lady … because she is creative and thinks outside the box. I like that in people.
Her son is like her in that regard.
Really nice. Funny. Very funny. Intelligent. Quick mind. Good heart.
And he was interviewed recently … and I guess it was on NPR …
Now this is a man who not only thinks outside the box … he lives outside the box. And has founded the Harry Potter Alliance. These folks actually think they will make a difference.
And you know … I think they just might.
So, for your listening pleasure …
Andrew Slack believes that popular books and movies aren’t just entertainment, and that their fans can change the world. And, with the internet as his tool, he’s set out to prove it. Since he was a small boy, Andrew has had dueling loves: storytelling and social justice. And, a few years ago, he found the vehicle to combine them: Harry Potter.