I use the word crazy a lot and I was curious to what the dictionary definition of crazy actually was. Here is what I found from The Free Dictionary:
a. Mentally deranged.
b. InformalOdd or eccentric in behavior.
2. InformalDeparting from proportion or moderation, especially:
a. Possessed by enthusiasm or excitement: The crowd at the game went crazy.
b. Immoderately fond; infatuated: was crazy about boys.
c. Intensely involved or preoccupied: is crazy about cars and racing.
d. Foolish or impractical; senseless: a crazy scheme for making quick money.
e. Intensely annoyed or irritated: It makes me crazy when you don’t tell me you’re going to be late.
3. Disorderly or askew: One of the old window shutters hung at a crazy angle.
Some of the defintions made crazy seem like a positive thing and others made crazy seem very negative. Do you consider yourself crazy and if so are you the positive or the negative kind? It seems as if everyone knows they are a tad crazy, right?
I think we may need to update these definitions and turn crazy into a more positive word. I feel that example a. mentally deranged- should be taken out entirely. Here would be a few of my own definitions that would allow crazy to shine a little bit more:
a.) Someone who is so passionate about life they can’t stop shouting out how magical everything is all the time
b.) Someone who sees so much beauty in the world they can hardly walk down the street without crying
c.)Someone who knows alien exists and is waiting for everyone else to wake up
d.)Intensely inspired, creative and focused action
e.) A person who believe in unicorns and mermaids.
These were just a few fun ones I could come up with. I would love it if I met lots of crazy people who embodied these new definitions. In fact, I do know a handful already 😉
I associate the word crazy with free. When we usually say someone is crazy, they are usually just expressing themselves in a way in which we wouldn’t. People who hurt themselves and others are not crazy, they are mentally ill.
Crazy is freedom. Crazy is not giving a fuck. Crazy is a blessing. Crazy is authenticity without the shame.
So go ahead. Don’t be scared. Let yourself go a little (or all the way) crazy. You just might fall in love with all of you 😉