The genius of being different
Unique and inimitable minds; minds capable of creating revolutions with their brilliant ideas. Minds that promote confidence to believe in yourself… That is the genius of being different.
She was aware that everyone was looking at her. She did not feel shame or any kind of embarrassment.
The woman dressed as a lobster walked very self-assuredly down the Passeig de Gràcia. She considered that being different was not synonymous with being the object of the curious stares or eccentric whispers of all who observed her.
The ability to reinvent herself and continue down the path of ideas and genius without giving in to those who sought to restrict her freedom made her raise her head and continue walking.
“Following the path”. The great minds are those who even used the rocks that blocked their path as a way of growing.
This was the case for Antoni Gaudí, a genius sometimes misunderstood, sometimes rejected who led a life of humility and discretion. Antoni Gaudí was not successful until he was mature as an architect and over the course of his career he was able to sow the seed and wait for his turn to come; he was able to confidently wait for things to turn out as they should.
Thus, he joined forces with the Batlló family. This was a decisive union that allowed the Catalan architect to give free rein to his “ingenious ideas”; exceptional creative freedom that has today made Casa Batlló an indescribable display of Gaudí’s genius.
Magic, light, explosions of colour and constant references to nature… A living house that is full of fantasy. A magic house that is dressed in joy all year round.
Sometimes, like with the lady in the photograph, we must make way for great ideas as extravagant as they might seem.
What about you? Do you dare to be different for the Carnival?
Photo: Biblioteca de Catalunya