Why A Touch Of Madness Can Sometimes Be The Key To A Happy Life

Damian Borja
Damian Borja

“Love that is not madness is not love.” ~ Pedro Calderón de la Barca

A touch of madness can help us experience love to the fullest and understand exactly what ‘crazy in love’ means. It helps us love unconditionally, fearlessly and foolishly. No one ever forgets their first ‘mad’ love or first time they really gave their all. You can only experience the euphoria of love when you allow yourself to be madly drenched in it.

“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” ~ Philip K. Dick

The society we live can drive us crazy in so many ways. If everything that surrounds us can turn crazy and chaotic, then we have to adjust to it. a touch of madness will help us get through the unexpected events that happen to us, it can help us deal with the people who give us a hard time and it can help us navigate our way through the absurd rules that we blindly follow.

“I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

A touch of madness makes us a mystery to those around us – no one knows what we will say or do next, no one knows where we will go or if we will ever come back. There’s freedom in madness, freedom in people not expecting you to conform, and freedom in changing without having to explain to everyone. A predictable life is a boring one.

“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.”  ~ Aristotle

A touch of madness can unleash the great potential we have as artists or as human beings. By creating things and putting all our madness in one project, we can create a masterpiece. By putting our madness to good use, we can help others and help ourselves. Help someone get out of trouble, change someone’s life, break certain rules, run away from things that we don’t love. The most powerful minds are those who dared to be different, those who rebelled, those who took a different path, and those who were labeled ‘insane’ and ‘mad’ at some point. Madness should be another word for genius. Sometimes madness can change the world.

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Ironically, madness can sometimes be wisdom. Madness prompts us to step outside our comfort zone. When you stop taking life too seriously, when you dream big, when you take a big risk, when you tell someone you love them, when you move alone to a new country, when you a quit a job you hate, when you dance like no one is watching, and when you unapologetically become who you really are, you will find that madness is actually liberating and sometimes the only way to keep your sanity in this world.

“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… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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Rania Naim

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