Written November 3, 2016
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn’t understood.” ~Zhou Weihui
Remember those days back in high school when there were clicks? You know, there were the jocks, the preps, the nerds and the losers/scumbags. Depending on what time period and where you grew up the names might’ve been different but you get the gist. Back then heaven forbid you were friends with someone in another group or you were different from everybody. You would probably get picked on or called things like crazy, weirdo, or even nutcase.
All the of these words have basically the same meaning and can be taken 2 ways. On the one hand they mean, “someone deranged and possibly dangerous” but they also mean, “someone who dresses or behaves in an odd, eccentric or bizarre manner”. How many times have you called someone crazy, looney, or weirdo? Maybe you have been called an insane person, a lunatic, or a nutcase.
Usually when we call someone these names we’re joking around and we can usually laugh it off, but there are times when it feels like a punch in the gut. Mainly that’s because we don’t expect those words to come from the person we care about whether it’s a friend, family member, or lover. It also hurts if we’re a member of a group and we find out that one of our peers in the group says something like this to another person, “That person is such a nutcase. I don’t want to work on that project with him/her.”
Here’s the thing, we all have little idiosyncrasies, or quirks, that some people think are crazy. Maybe we talk to and answer ourselves or we have to do things a certain way at a certain time. Perhaps even some of the clothes we wear or things we do are not what we know as the norm or is odd, goofy or even crazy. What people don’t realize is that those little quirks make us who we are. Think about this for a moment. What if we were all the same? I don’t know about you but I think it’d be boring. Thank goodness we are not all the same! Each of us is different as are our personalities but underneath it all we still have the same feelings. When we hear, “You’re a lunatic, madman, maniac, crazy, wackadoo, looney, weirdo or nutcase…”(especially if said out meanness), our feelings get hurt.
If you’re a wackadoo, goofball or nutcase and you’re reading this, I have a suggestion for you. Instead of changing yourself to “fit the mold”, taking offense, getting angry, holding on to a resentment, wanting to get revenge and all that stuff just nod your head, say thank you and go your own way. You are unique. You are beautiful. Don’t change yourself for one minute because someone wants you to. Embrace your weirdness and crazy things you do, say and wear! Being your real, true, authentic self is better than conforming to society’s norms.
Thought for the day: If being weird, goofy, crazy or loony is who you are, then keep on being the weird, goofy, crazy, authentic you!