Okay, so I realize it seems like I’m claiming to be some kind of rebel in my tagline. Is it too meta to talk about my own tag line? Whatever.
There’s a story behind it, which I will tell, but first, some history on the word “rebel.” It has various meanings, like most words. Here’s one from www.thefreedictionary.com. I think it covers all the basics.
rebelvb [rɪˈbɛl] -bels, -belling, -belled(intr; often foll by against)1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to resist or rise up against a government or other authority, esp by force of arm.2. to dissent from an accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc.3. to show repugnance (towards)n [ˈrɛbəl]1.a. a person who rebelsb. (as modifier) a rebel soldier a rebel leader2. a person who dissents from some accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc.[from Old French rebelle, from Latin rebellis insurgent, from re- + bellum war]
I never entirely thought of myself as an undercover rebel, at least, not until I was talking with one my friends, Lady Awesome. No, that’s not really her name, but it should be. Anyway, Lady Awesome and I were talking about mantras. I’ve never been a big believer in them. But the Lady…she makes a strong case for using one. No, I won’t tell hers. I think she might had trademarked it or something. Needless to say, she decided I needed one too.
Me: Maybe it could be something else that starts with an ‘A’ like Astonishing or Amazing or…
LA: Undercover Rebel.
Me: What? I’m a rebel?
LA: You look all normal, but you’re really a huge nerd. Also, how many people really know you’re so weird and creative and shit?
Me: You, and maybe…(counts on hand) ten others tops.
LA: So you’re an undercover rebel. Just go with it.
Me: Okay, I like it.
And so, I’m going with it. Maybe I’m not a traditional “rebel,” but then, going against tradition is kind of the point. And now, because I cannot think of the word rebel without thinking of David Bowie, have a picture.