12th September ’11 (taken from my personal journal)

I’ve been reading Paulo Coelho’s book ‘Veronika decides to die’ and I would hazard a guess that it is a pretty good take on what being ‘mad’ is.

Veronika is a perfectly sane young woman who believes that she has seen what life is about and has concluded that she doesn’t want to get old whilst following the same daily / weekly repeating patterns for the next, perhaps, 50 years. All she can see is a life of boredom whilst her body gradually declines into her old age. She thinks “What’s the point?” So she decides to do something about it. She decides to kill herself by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.
The next thing she knows, she wakes up in a mental asylum.
During the next few days (she is only given four or five days to live, so she considers it a successful suicide) she learns a lot from the other patients about what being ‘mad’ is, and also about where she was so, so wrong with her assessment of life. She learns that one need to be a bit mad in order to get something out of life. Up until this point she had lived her life by doing her utmost to fit in with everyone else, not realising that she never gave herself any time for what she wanted.

This is a great book that covers (for me) this important subject:
That in order to live life more fully, one must learn to put aside the feelings and opinions of others from time to time and do something a little mad, or crazy, or stupid, or any similar descriptive, because if one constantly lives a life to ensure that they ‘fit in’, that they ‘don’t rock the boat’; they will never ever discover what they are really like, or who they really are deep down inside their being.
Almost all of us are restricted by the opinions, voices and thoughts of others… but what about our own inner voices? What are they saying?… ha! perhaps that’s where the madness comes from… listening to the voices in our heads 🙂

We should all strive to be at least a little mad. It is the same as saying that one should not take life too seriously, but inject fun into everything that one can.
Examples:

  • If you work in an office, once in a while skip down the office with a ‘gay’ little skip. Yeah, of course you’ll feel daft, but what harm is there really? If there is someone just as daft as you, then that’ll help.
  • When listening to a powerful piece of music that would make you cry… allow the tears to flow… regardless of where you are… surrender your soul to the feeling… allow it to take over.
  • Dance on the beach.
  • Go skinny dipping – it’s very liberating!
  • Sing your favourite songs out loud… dance a little whilst you’re doing it
  • Sit on the roundabout, swings, fairground ride, etc with your kids instead of just watching them.

Play with everything in life… allow yourself to have fun!

Hmm…reading through the above, it seems that I may be going a little mad…
He he, it must be working!

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