Imperfection is beauty, insanity is genius and, it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than to be absolutely boring!
Who the above sagacity of pure wisdom draped in profound poignancy is attributed to, I do not know. But, the maxim best reflects how my life has turned out until this moment.
The world we reside in is one busting at the seams with different cultures. These cultures act as identification for different people that dot the earth. Due to the political borders we tend to confine ourselves in, the cultures are interpreted differently by different people, and so are words.
How I view imperfection as beauty might not make sense to people and that’s where, well, the beauty lies. For instance did you know Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds of the 20th Century, was a slow leaner as a child and spoke very slowly? Well, guess what, he overcame the ‘imperfection’, to develop the theory of relativity. Two other students, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, were ‘insane’ enough to drop out of school (Harvard University) and develop the Windows Operating System propelling the pair to billions before they clocked 30.
What is my point? Simple. Being unconventional in the manner you go about this life is not such a bad thing. People will judge you; they’ll point fingers at you whispering about how crazy you’ve become; some will laugh (Read Noah and The Ark) at you but in the end…‘You’ strive to prove them wrong by having the last laugh. Remember a former Illinois Senator with a ‘weird’ name who banked on door to door campaigns with his spouse in the search for votes? Look where he’s been for the last eight years.
As an educator for over 30 years, I chose to follow the path less trodden. After attending an international schools’ conference hosted by Apple in Vienna, Austria in 2007, reality dawned on me in regards to how the education sector in Kenya could be propelled forward if technology was integrated in the curricula. An idea was planted in my mind in Europe and I was planning to sow it here in Nairobi.
Although I faced opposition, criticism and little backing, the idea of Nairobi International School became a reality in the name of the Nairobi International School.
John Couch, the VP of education at Apple Inc. in the first foreword of my autobiography Rainbows in my Clouds respectfully referred to me as “Radical Lee” because ‘of the radical departure from traditional education, just as my personal life has also been.’
So you see, doing things differently is not such a bad thing after all!