Everyone Is a Genius

The early morning before Seattle wakes up is my favorite time of  the day. This morning I left my house at 4:00 AM and drew this chalk mural under the aurora bridge a couple hundred paces away from the Fremont Troll.

The quote reads, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” (it is an anonymous quote, however many people believe Albert Einstein coined it – he didn’t).

I hope we can stop judging people by our social norms and start appreciating individual talent and passion. We are constantly comparing one another to traits that can represent only a fraction of our society . Everyone has something to offer; everyone can be a genius in their own right. Let’s start encouraging that type of thinking instead of marking off boundaries on what is “successful” and what is not.

“Comparison is the thief of joy” Theodore Roosevelt

I love you. Go out and follow your passion!

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What We Have in Common

Sometimes the soul purpose of an act is just to make someone smile. This is one of them.

In case you can’t read my barely legible handwriting, the quote reads:

“Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.”
– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

It is going to rain later today. That is the beauty of chalk. It is a temporary memory; a paused moment on the sidewalk (or like an older version of snapchat).

Like most things, it is here for a moment in time and then with the rain it is washed away leaving only small, colorful traces behind.