I love this moment in the Matrix when Morpheus offers Neo to take the red pill or the blue pill. For Neo, one pill leads to mediocrity and the other leads down the rabbit hole of the unknown. I am about to make the same offer to you. The moment we have been waiting for has finally arrived. After almost a year of waiting, stressing, saving, and planning, San Diego Comic-Con 2015 is about to begin. For one of my final Tip of the Day posts, I wanted to share something very close to my heart, that will hopefully challenge you as you go into the week. Watch this video below from the Sasquatch Music Festival 2009. Try not to skip ahead. Observe hoe long and how silly the first few people look before things change:
The first person that stands up to dance can be considered weird or strange- and it’s a little painful to watch. However, things changes as soon as their is second and third dancers. Two may be a company but three is a crowd- and a crowd can not be ignored. Shortly after, more and more join in on the fun and what was once an odd couple of weirdos has turned into something that has become a memorable moment and has connected the tribe- a movement. The MOST IMPORTANT persons in the video were the 2nd and 3rd dancers- not the first one. The first one had the idea but the others turned the idea into something that the tribe could follow.
Regardless of age, sex, interest, background, or orientation, we all long for the two same things in life; significance and connection. Comic-Con presents this opportunity. The outside world sees it as a place to nerd out, buy some toys, and see some celebs- but it really is more than that. It’s an opportunity for you to create something that brings the tribe together in a meaningful way. Whether it’s by tweeting, blogging, organizing, YouTubing, or standing outside with a sign, you can be the first few dancers that starts something big. Not everyone can be the crazy first dancer, but most of us can spark the movement by coming along side and dancing.
I was one of the first to start blogging about Comic-Con over five years ago, since that time, a myriad more sites have been birthed that cover comic con and geek culture- and nothing has made more more happier. The fact that anyone finds value in what I do is a huge blessing to me and I will be eternally grateful. However, being one of the first is not nearly as important as what followed. It’s the ‘second and third’ guys (you all) that has made all the difference in the world. Two may be a company but three is a crowd and a crowd can change things. A crowd can inspire, create, and disrupt the status quo.
It’s time for you to decide, the red pill or blue pill? One way means getting what you expect out of Comic-Con, while the other means going down an unexplored (and maybe scary) path. As you go into this week of Comic-Con, search for ways to bring significance and connection to the nerd tribe. Find the lone dancers and boldly join in. Remember, no one will ever notice the last person to join a dance, it’s always the first few. Whether it’s an artist, writer, director, producer, or content creator, you can help start the movement that changes culture. Take initiative, be bold, and dance with all your heart.
See you tomorrow!