A Maverick is an unorthodox, non- conformist, free- spirit.
To my surprise, I found that the word originates from a man called Samuel A. Maverick (1803–70), a Texas rancher who did not brand his cattle. In his time, this defiance from established convention must have been considered not only eccentric but upsetting. And pointless to boot. Besides being inconvenient. I mean, how are you to identify your cattle if you didn’t brand them, hey Sam? Didn’t think of that, didja?
On the other hand, Sam probably understood that he didn’t need to stamp his name on his cattle before they could belong to him. Or perhaps he considered himself a mindful steward of the bounty the universe made available for his use, not its owner. Or maybe his world- view was vast enough to find the narrow definition of ownership restrictive.
Whatever be his reason, he was a rebel. He didn’t see why he should do things because that’s how they’re always done. By breaking a trend, he began another; by walking away from the rules of a group, he began another. Because of him, rebels and non- conformists have a brand name for their spirit. We are all Mavericks.
Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit. Maverick is active, misfit is passive.
When you are a Maverick, your only rule is that there are none. You don’t stand at the end of a long line of conventions, traditions and customs, walking in the rutted footsteps of all those who came before you. You stand at the beginning of a new thought, listening to your own voice, heeding your own precepts, obeying your own laws.
The word normal (or average *ugh*) can’t ever be applied to human beings. Just as you feel that you’ve finally discovered the normal point, along comes someone upsetting all calculations with one unpredictable action. The normal then, is reduced to the process of finding the common denominator. And you end up wondering why you feel decimated! How could you not?
The whole world loves a maverick and the whole world wants the maverick to achieve something nobler than simple rebellion.
~ Kevin Patterson
If you judge a fish by its ability to climb trees, it will always be the biggest failure on earth. A fish is meant to swim, a monkey to climb trees. A lion is meant to roar and a mouse to squeak. A bee is meant to gather honey and butterfly to flit- though they both drink the nectar.
Your North Star is the purpose of your life. Through it, you will give meaning to your life. As you follow your North Star, you will be brought face to face with the reason why you were given that path to travel. If you are lucky, you will also be allowed to see the part you have played in the vast tapestry being woven, stitch by stitch, by every person who walks the earth.
You will see where you left your thread the last time and from where you must now continue to complete the motif that only you can weave. This motif is unique, unlike any other being woven. It is YOUR motif, assigned to you, to be brought to completion only by you. It is intrinsically a part of the whole tapestry, without which it would be incomplete.
Come on Maverick, pick up your thread!
I personally believe mavericks are people who write their own rulebook.
They are the ones who act first and talk later. They are fiercely independent thinkers who know how to fight the lizard brain (to use Seth Godin’s term).
I don’t believe many are born, rather they are products of an environment, or their experiences.
They are usually the people that find the accepted norm does not meet their requirements and have the self-confidence, appetite, independence, degree of self reliance and sufficient desire to carve out their own niche in life.
~ Ziad K. Abdelnour
The first thought that came to my mind as soon as I saw the word Maverick was: Tom Cruise doing the fly-by in Top Gun :). I like the way you have described people being followers “You don’t stand at the end of a long line of conventions, traditions and customs, walking in the rutted footsteps of all those who came before you”. I could almost visualize a snaking really, really long line of people heads-bent, slowly trudging in a ankle deep trench (made by the trudging steps ahead) towards God knows what! 🙂 I guess what is said is right, about Mavericks being born and not easily found.
Wow! You could actually ‘see’ the line? What a vibrant imagination you have!
Maverick reminds me of Mel Gibson… 😛
Thank you Prathima!
Another thought-provoking post. Enjoyed the interesting story behind the origin of the word Maverick 🙂 If we examine the history of any society, nation, it is almost always the truly independent thinkers, the mavericks, the rebels of a sort who have led the way for something bigger, something grander, something extra-ordinary. That should tell us something. The quote from Patterson is excellent! Thanks for sharing!
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As my favorite author says, History was not written by those who dwell in the slums. 🙂
Thank you Beloo. Your words mean a lot to me. 🙂
Love these lines- If you judge a fish by its ability to climb trees, it will always be the biggest failure on earth
Mavericks totally write their own rule book. true and good to know the history of the word maverick
Thank you Afshan!
Samuel Maverick was a smart man. Obviously if everyone else was branding their cattle, the ones without were his! Dare to be different.
Oh he was a smart man indeed. Not only were his cattle his but also the wild ones. 😀
Thought provoking as always..I always want to lead my life in my way but sometimes it’s so hard to do so…
M for Motherly-Random Thoughts Naba
Nothing worthwhile is ever easy Naba. It’s just worth the pain… though difficult. 🙂
Really nice! Your posts make me introspect, always!
Thank you Ghata! 🙂
We all should have a bit of maverick in us to avoid the “normal” setting as we weave our own motif. Enjoy the weaving of your tapestry. Maria from “http://delightdirectedliving.blogspot.com/”
Thank you Maria. Thanks for coming by! 🙂
We are made to conform in the name of our traditions and customs..and rarely we question them as it is considered wrong to question our elders. I guess there must have been one such old guy who could not answer the questions so he said- you cannot question an elder person. 🙂 I am a maverick is certain small ways and to me they mean a lot.
It is the little quirks, the small unique things that make us different from all others. Naturally they matter, 🙂
Ah, I agree with Janu’s comment above. We are taught not to question the conventional since childhood. But many of us break free or we have elders who encourage curiosity. In many ways, I am my own person, questioning customs, rituals and traditions and following my heart. But yes, it is not always possible.
Sometimes even questioning doesn’t change anything. After a lot of head- breaking you realize it is better to accept than to fight what cannot be fought. 🙂
Your comments always add something to my thought. Always…. <3
Easier said, dreamt, than followed. No harm in striving towards the closest possible state.
No harm at all. And as they say, when you aim for the moon at least you reach the stars. 😀