If you go to a fine restaurant and order a steak, you will probably enjoy a fine meal and receive no side-ward glances from anyone. The location and timing are everything. On some level you must realize that months earlier, that steak was part of cow. If you got dressed up, went out into the field and bit the cow’s ass, you’d definitely get a reaction especially from the cow. There’s a place and time for almost everything. Getting that combination right is the difference between being cheered and ridiculed. To a certain extent, Galileo was considered a “cow-biter”. The things that he was saying and doing were so far ahead of their time that no one understood them. He was even excommunicated from the church for his beliefs. People were not ready to hear what he was saying because they were too invested in their worldview.
The entire world is never going to cheer or ridicule you but it feels that way when those close to you do either. In order to become the best version of yourself, you will need to change some things. While some may be subtle, others may be drastic and misunderstood by your “world” (friends, family, colleagues). The people close to you are invested in who you are now. That better version of you is something that they might not be ready for. Your actions may force them to see things in themselves that they do not like. That’s not your burden to bear. It is your job to decide if you’re a cow-biter or Galileo.
Can you see a future that you want to create for yourself? If you’re a true believer in that future, then don’t worry about the people who think you’re a cow-biter. They are invested in your yesterday and you’re using today to build a better tomorrow.
Sink your teeth into today!