The Men That Don’t Fit In
For some reason this beautiful piece of poetry completely resonates with me. A mere glimpse of the poem might indicate to the reader that it is about men(at the cost of sounding chauvinist,but for the sake of universality); erratic and impulsive; men who spend their lives never completely committing to a single cause. I, however, am not one of those people. So I kept wondering why I did relate to it so surely!
Then it struck me! The key lies in the last two lines. ‘A rolling stone’. Unlike the traditional use of the term to indicate undependibility of a wayfarer gypsy hearted man; in modern usage, it usually means stagnation is the death of progress. So in that context, the “men who don’t fit in” aren’t the unreliable and hasty sort of people. No! They are the people who lead a whole generation into a revolution and usher in, a new era. They are the ones never satisfied with stagnation, but are in constant pursuit of advancement and progression. They don’t rejoice in “the things that are”, but their true solace lies in exploring the mystic and the unknown.
These are our discoverers, our inventors, our dreamers, our creators, our explorers. These are the people who don’t rest. They sacrifice the traditional way of life at the cost of certain luxuries in pursuit of something bigger and better than themselves. They move from one quest to another, never resting. They are not concerned with glories and fame, they simply want the pure satisfaction of experiencing the new and the untouched. Yes, they have failed many a times, but in the quest of the unknown there are seldom first successes. It’s the quest that they never give up and having conquered one, they move on to the next. And even when the world laughs and scorns at them, these brave souls do not give up. As they say, you have to be odd to be number 1.
So, he keeps pushing and pushing till youth escapes him and when he is faced with the truth, he smiles, knowing, like the rolling stone, he wasn’t met to fit in…
…. He was meant to stand out and be extraordinary!