There exists in all of us a little dose of madness, meant to keep us centered and sane. Without this dose of madness, given to us as a mercy, we would be crushed beneath the enormous weight of reality and surely lose our way. You see, the madness keeps us burning, thriving, seeking between the sharp edges of what is and what could be. It’s the fabric of courage and creativity.
Of what do they accuse the inventor, the trail blazer, the artist, the visionary?
He’s mad! She’s mad! They say. What makes them think they can do that?
This blog is dedicated to the madness in all of us. The tiny flame that flares up every time you face a fear, say yes to a challenge, bare a vulnerability, accelerate down an uncertain path because a bubbling in your heart is telling you to keep going, to keep trying, because you sense something terrifying and extraordinary and wider than your imagination waiting over the horizon and you’re aching to be a part of it—to know without a doubt that something’s there.
This madness keeps us from falling into the hole of doing nothing out of fear. Like gravity it pulls us from the seams of our beloved comfort zones. It whispers: let go. It transforms us and thus gives us the power to transform. We were created, therefore we yearn to create.
I may never be able to read all the books in the world that I want to read but that won’t stop me from trying. I may never become the most accomplished author of literary fiction that’s ever walked this earth but that won’t stop me from writing. I may never learn everything I want to learn nor find out everything I want to know but that won’t stop me from seeking.
My mind is a canvas for my daydreams. My heart is a playground for discovery. And writing, to me, is dancing on the edge of madness and epiphany.
~ Mad Girl Writing
“All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving; it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive.” ~ Yann Martel,