There are three things which dictate the way we live: the society we’re born into, the experiences which impact us, and the reality which we choose to believe in.
None of us can help the first two. No one gets to decide the time, place, or family they’re born into and, while we may have some control over our experiences in general, the things which impact us the most are usually out of our control.
It’s “thing” number three on the list which us mad people are experts at: reality. Or, rather one’s choice of reality.
Oh, you think reality is a fixed thing, do you? It’s solid, reliable, steadfast, and true? Well, my dear reader, allow a mad mind to enlighten you with one simple question….
Can you describe the color blue?
“Of course I can, you mad writer! Blue is…well…it’s blue- The color of the sky, of the ocean, of…those raspberry-flavored ice-pops from my childhood!”
Okay, now go and ask someone who grew up in Alaska or India or Japan, for that matter. Is their version of blue the same as yours? No. It isn’t. Better yet, ask a widower whose wife’s favorite color was blue to describe it. Then, ask a woman who’s color blind. Ask yourself the meaning on a sunny day and one on a day full of storms and sorrow.
Reality is fluid, flexible and the reason for this is because it changes based on our perception of the moment at hand. Want to know the secret to a mad life full of adventures? It’s quite simple:
Choose The Reality You Want To Live
Mad people get it because we already don’t like to be held down by something as paltry as reality. We understand from quite a young age that reality is meant to be questioned, to be rebelled against, to be contorted to our own quirky wills.
How do we do this? By choosing what we want to be true and then making it so:
- The world isn’t crashing down around me; it’s just raining opportunities.
- It’s not a failure; it’s just a fantastic way to learn.
- Thank God I was wrong! Being right all the time is boring.
- It’s okay if he/she doesn’t like me. I don’t need anyone’s approval to be awesome.
- I’m not broke; I just spent too much on being responsible.
- I’m not lost; I’m just on an adventure.
- This job isn’t boring; it’s just making it easier to have fun when I’m off.
- Maybe it isn’t loneliness. Maybe it’s boot camp for self-love.
- It’s not daydreaming. It’s idea cultivation.
- Life truly is an adventure.
“You can’t help that. We’re all mad here.”-Cheshire Cat
Do you have any mad sayings that help you choose your reality? Share them with us!