Day 4: Make Way for CRAZY [31 Days of Possibility]

by Lani Voivod | @LaniVoivod

 

I’m not one for doling out absolutes, but here it is, nonetheless.

If you’re serious about committing to a life – or even just 31 days – of POSSIBILITY, there is one thing you will need, and two things you should know:

1)   You will need the WILLINGNESS to appear CRAZY

2)   You should know you may actually FEEL CRAZY every now and again (and often more times than not)

3)   You should know CRAZY is the new sanity

To choose POSSIBILITY means to see things that may not yet exist, to know things in your heart that you can’t explain with words, and to let go of ideas and beliefs that no longer serve you, even as many around you try to keep you in the safe, comfortable padded cell of “Reality.”  (“Reality.” Ha! What a joke!)

One of the best and quickest ways to see the vitality and POSSIBILITY in CRAZY is to spend one beautiful minute watching this iconic 1997 Apple commercial, a rogue version narrated by Steve Jobs instead of Richard Dreyfuss:

 

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You want POSSIBILITY over probability?

Make way for CRAZY.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

I had the great joy and honor of attending The Shift Network’s Birth 2012 event at the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles a few months ago. One of the speakers, Lisa Nichols (a thought leader featured in the movie “The Secret”), sashayed on stage, and proceeded to electrify the room with the doggone truth of it all.

With fierce confidence and unfettered matter-of-factness, she spoke frankly to the audience, suggesting that, since we’re still here, while we’re hanging out together in this world, we might as well stir things up. Since we’re already here, we might as well have some fun. Since we’re already here, we might as well flaunt what we got, work it, and own it, and shake what our mamas gave us.

In her own words: “Since I’m already here, I’m gonna spend some time in my fabulosity.” Why don’t we all do that more? Why? Seriously? WHY?!!!

Of course, the answer usually has something to do with worrying about what other people think. Luckily, Lisa had an elegant solution for that:

 

 

The truth is, the wrong things are CRAZY in this world!

Somehow, we turned it around. Somehow, we all got on the wrong track and started thinking and feeling that experimenting with our passions, making unconventional decisions, trying new things, switching directions, risking <gulp!> MISTAKES, and playing on the fringe of our own unique and extraordinary POSSIBILITIES are all CRAZY in ways we want to avoid at all costs.

You know what’s really CRAZY?

Conformity! Playing small! Squelching our indomitable spirits! Shrinking our dreams and interests and opportunities because we’re afraid of what “They” might think!

Who’s “They” anyway??? When did we hand “Them” all the power? Why, oh why, do we EVER squash our magnificent essences on account of “They” – the stinky faces of the world, the sour pusses, the people we wouldn’t even want to sit next to at a cocktail party – or even in a doctor’s office – in the first place?

Let Them criticize! Let Them turn their noses up at us! Let Them watch with their dour and judgmental expressions from the sidelines of their lives as we play and laugh, live and love, way, way, WAY out loud. Let’s expand who we are and radiate our singular fabulosities. Why, oh why, would we choose to do anything else?

Hey, we’re ALIVE! We’re here! This is not a dress rehearsal, people! It’s the Big Show!

“You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, cuz opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo.” – Eminem*

The real truth is, it’s a CRAZY world we live in – a world crazy with POSSIBILITY.

We have the world’s answers at our fingertips through the Internet 24/7.

We’re hyper-connected, and can tune into any person, company, or cause we choose. What’s more, the more we follow our chosen lines of connection, the more like people, businesses, and related interests come into our world view.

We have these little devices, and we can take pics and video, call and text and create at will any moment of any day.

We have the platforms and resources to be the documentarians of our lives, and the networks around us to share the journey.

We get fascinating, raw, and/or bizarre glimpses into the lives of our friends, family, colleagues and countrymen, and they often become part of our psyches in ways both teeny tiny and profound.

Plus, we have at our disposal tools and software that used to cost hundreds – if not thousands! – of dollars, which we can now get for the whopping price of 99 cents in app form, and often even FREE!

CRAZY. Crazy. C-R-A-Z-Y.

I’ve got a sign in my house: “It’s okay to have too much fun.” Why, oh why, does FUN so often fall off the list of priorities? What’s the point if we’re not having fun along the way?

CRAZY!

You know what’s crazy? Thinking our dreams don’t matter. Spending any of our precious time with people who don’t love us, who don’t value us, who don’t celebrate us for who we are. Waiting for permission to grow, expand, and BECOME who we were put on this Earth to be.

That’s flippin’ CRAZY.

One Last Thing on CRAZY

In 1994, the Silicon Valley Historical Association conducted an unscripted interview with Steve Jobs, during which he discussed risk, failure, his own experiences, and learning the value of creating your own environment. Here are a few things Mr. Jobs had to say to the entrepreneurs, leaders, dreamers, and CRAZY people of the world:

“When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.

“That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is – everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

“The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.

“I think that’s very important and however you learn that, once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better, cause it’s kind of messed up, in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

Yup. It’s definitely messed up. Let’s agree to learn that now, once and for all, and move forward through our gloriously CRAZY Portals of POSSIBILITY.

 

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*I always get a kick out of wondering what Eminem would think if he knew his song Lose Yourself is one of my go-to power anthems. I’m pretty sure his target audience was never 40-year-old moms, but I digress.

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