“There’s no such thing as a foolproof system. That idea fails to take into account the creativity of fools.”

~Frank Abagnale

I have a secret confession. For the longest time, I have wanted to write a manifesto. The only problem was, I wasn’t sure what to write it about. For those of you who don’t know, a manifesto is a proclamation or a mission statement. It is a declaration of intent, a program that one intends to follow.

Well, I have finally decided to write a manifesto. The subject, you might have already guessed.

Yep, this manifesto is devoted to fools. Now, there are two kinds of fools. The fools who don’t think they are foolish and the ones who know they are foolish. As for myself, I belong to the latter category. At least, it is my intent to belong to the latter category. For it is my opinion that some of the wisest people in the world are self-proclaimed fools.

Without further ado, here is my fool’s manifesto.

The Fool’s Manifesto

I intend to be the kind of fool who understands that she doesn’t know it all. 

I intend to be the kind of fool who recognizes the wisdom of play.

I intend to be the kind of fool who never gives up.

I intend to be the kind of fool who recognizes that laughter is the best medicine.

I intend to be the kind of fool who thinks she can, when she feels that she can’t.

I intend to be the kind of fool who takes risks.

I intend to be the kind of fool who loves the unlovable.

I intend to be the kind of fool who holds onto hope and lets go of fear.

I intend to be the kind of fool who speaks her mind.

I intend to be the kind of fool who wears funny hats, just because she likes them.

I intend to be the kind of fool who has big ideas and the courage to share them.

I intend to be the kind of fool who dreams ridiculous dreams.

I intend to be the the kind of fool who sings out loud in public.

I intend to be the kind of fool who dances without any music.

I intend to be the kind of fool who exchanges kind words for mean ones.

I intend to be the kind of fool who is never too smart to learn something new.

I intend, in other words, to be the best me I can be, no matter how foolish it makes me feel, or how foolish I may appear to the world. 

You see, my mind likes to believe that it is a foolproof system. It likes to tell me I shouldn’t be a fool or do any of these things. It likes to tell me that I know better, and that trying something new is not worth the embarrassment or risk of failure. But that’s the best thing about being the second kind of fool, you know that this kind of thinking is WRONG. You know that all the common sense in the world, when applied to your circumstances, will lead to a common life. It is much better to be uncommon. It is much better to be YOU.

Well, there you have it! That is my first attempt at a manifesto. It may seem goofy to some, but the beauty is, if I live by its intent, then I really don’t care!

Have a foolishly wonderful day!