What do you consider hell raising? For me, it is being spontaneous, breaking some rules, taking risks, and in the end, having fun. A whole lot of fun.
I have always found it difficult to accept the norm. I saw things differently, did things differently, and questioned why different was so wrong. Authority figures often called me on the carpet for "raising hell." My offense? Asking questions for which they had no reasonable answer.
I routinely walked away from jobs, relationships, and even the Church (for a while) because I saw the waste of talent, resources, and opportunities to help individuals, communities, and businesses.
Eventually I discovered groups of likeminded people who could not only see ideas, but could share and even expound on them. I learned to work with them and work around the naysayers.
When my idea to start a local artisan work cooperative/training center was laughed out of my city's small business advancement office, I took my yarn, knitting machines, and expertise to Africa. Since 2004, I have helped instruct and equip five such co-ops in Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya. More pop up all the time.
These days I see my kids doing the same things I did at their age: challenging traditions, questioning authority, and "raising hell." More power to them!
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