The word “crazy.”
It can mean enthusiastic, as in “I’m crazy about birds.” But that’s not the definition at hand today.
The traditional definition is mentally deranged, but really, that’s old thinking. Today, crazy as a description for someone who mentally ill has been replaced by various mental illness diagnoses, which are far more accurate and less stigmatizing.
But let’s dig a little deeper. Diagnosis or not, what crazy really means is “out of the norm.”
Love his kind of crazy.
In that sense, most creatives are crazy–they’re “out of the norm.” The ability to see beyond what’s on the surface is a true gift that has been responsible for some of our greatest art, literature, music and even inventions. One could argue that Galileo was crazy (and some did, then he turned out to be right) or even Leonardo da Vinci. Definitely Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Pollack’s splatters on canvas might have made him seem crazy. That is, until he was called an abstract expressionist, which has an entirely different connotation.
A number of people I know and love fit the description crazy. Whether they have a diagnosis or not, they are out of the norm, and that makes them interesting.
The fact is, I like things and people that are out of the norm. And, you might say that I’m one of them. No diagnosis, though.
Of course, if your particular form of crazy is dysfunctional, that’s not so good. But crazy-out-of-the-norm can bring with it many gifts and in fact, it IS a gift.
And if you’re crazy? That’s how you should look at it. As a gift.
As in don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
But, if you actually SEE a gift horse? It’s probably smart to call your local mental health clinic.
Just to be safe.