In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, “Look at me…I’m tall, and I’m straight, and I’m handsome. Look at you…you’re all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you.” And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, “Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.” So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.
Source: Tom Waits
Photo: Josh Lowe
Inky’s Take: There’s something to be said for being strange, having the courage to not conform, thumbing your nose at the masses and being a crooked tree. Of course, the reason you are crooked has a lot to do with it. If you are just crooked because you couldn’t find the sky any other way, then the others helped make you who you are; a byproduct of your environment. But if you are crooked simply because you said ‘what the hey’, I’m doing it my way! Then it’s all yours. The fame, the fortune, the crime, the lawyer’s fees and the time.
If you’re still looking for a moral, here, catch this one – You’re either a load bearing beam in a gorgeous home, the toothpick between Jackie Chan’s bottom teeth, or a crooked tree alive and growing wonky in a quiet majestic forest. Either way, it was a choice that lead you there, so – Own It.