My dad was one…
He didn’t have any regard for the system… well mostly. Haha…
He was an entrepreneur and chose to teach me at home because he wanted me to learn from doing, to think outside the box and become an independent thinker and innovator.
Come to think of it, you could probably have called my father a feminist.
Maybe not in today’s sense of the word, but mostly for him, raising me to be an interdependent person was really important to him.
In his mind, there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do.
He would take me to job sites with him and I learned how to build a house from the ground up.
To this day, I could still build you a house, all the way from the foundation to the rooftop and shingles. (Anyone want a house? LOL jk…)
He was always innovating our education, even when it came to how my brother and I played together.
He never bought us toys, it was always educational games.
Everything we did, he made sure that it pertained to learning how to think, how to process information and comprehend the bigger picture.
He was so good at not teaching me what to think but how to think.
And so I grew up learning how to ask the right questions and where to find the answers.
I practiced these skills on job sites and on our family farm, where I was able to practically apply what I was learning.
I ended up going to public school for my junior and senior year of high school, but that was not the end of my dad’s outside of the box schooling.
On any given day, he would drive up to my high school on his loud motorcycle.
He was unmistakable with his bandana tied around his head, dark sunglasses covering his eyes, giant tattoo on his bare arm, and a leather vest with matching chaps.
You could hear his loud custom leather boots walking down the hall, past the principle’s door, and to my classroom, he saw no reason to stop on the way and ask permission.
Of course, this disruption was usually during English class when I was supposed to be nice and quiet.
He’d open the door and wave me over to him whispering something like, “Hey let’s go shopping.”
To which I’d grab my books and be out the door in a wink. I’d drive the 20 miles into town in my own little two toned Camry I bought with my own money, and he’d follow me on his Verago.
You can guess he would get so much flack from the teachers and the principal, but he couldn’t care less.
I remember the superintendent once told him, “Mr Young you can’t just take your daughter out of class and whisk her away from school like that.”
It was the perfect opportunity for pops to assert his rebel ways… to my superintendents dismay, my dad disagreed with his policies… an understatement, really.
And so without hesitation, he replied, “She’s my daughter, I can do whatever I want.”
So that ended that.
To this day, when I see parents subject to their schools, it kinda makes me chuckle and remember the days when my dad was wreaking havoc on the classroom those 30 years ago.
Everything he did really taught me to think outside the box.
In my own mind, I was never confined by the status quo.
I was given the tools to assess every situation critically and apply situational comprehension… using these skills to go above the noise of a situation and be a problem solver.
Today when our team was talking about today being the first day of spring, it brought me back to those years and seasons with my dad, and I couldn’t help but want to share with you.
So today, on this beautiful new spring day, I want to encourage you to think about the areas in your life where you can start living outside of the lines.
Where can you think outside of the box or shatter the box altogether and start making your own way?
What kind of life do you want to live?
We only get one, so it’s worth examining.
What are the areas in your life where you feel confined or stuck to the status quo or the way things have always been?
If you could crush those walls and shatter those lines how could that free you up to live a different, more activated and improved life?
I continue to do that, even in the way I have created a skin care company.
When I first began I was told that I was to use a specified amount of essential oils within each product.
I paid no attention to what “should” be done or what “had been” done. In formulating my products I was looking for real, life-impacting results for you and for me.
It costs more, takes more time, more attention but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
We are pushing boundaries and getting different results. We are crushing those proverbial boxes and separating ourselves from what does and does not work.
I would love to hear your thoughts on being a disrupter and thinking outside the box.
Let me know what the areas are in your life that you can shatter the lines, break free, do something different and take some risks.
I read every email and I can’t wait to hear from you!
Forever Your Biggest Cheerleader,
– Jaime Cross