Twice during the holiday season, people have told me that I’m crazy. But crazy in a good way. I told them that, yes, they were right–I was crazy. I said that all writers, especially fiction writers, are a bit crazy because we hear voices in our head with our characters talking to us, demanding that we put their stories on paper. So, having written three novels and always thinking of the next one, yes, I get that I’m a bit crazy.
Still, that little girl part of me that always looks for acceptance took the “you’re crazy” comment as a bit of criticism, even though the people who said it went on to put a positive spin on it.
But then, I remembered that Apple commercial from 1997 that talked about the crazy ones as a good thing. So, I looked it up. And I said, yes, I’m crazy. Yes, I’ll take it. Yes, I’m claiming myself to be crazy like the people in the Apple commercial.
You can find the commercial on YouTube or any number of other places on the internet or read it at the end of this post.
As I start my 2015 work year, I promise myself to bring in all of my crazy, just like the words of the commercial:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or villify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some people see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
Here’s to a crazy 2015!