The Crazies’ Manifesto.

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“‘There’s a good kind of crazy…’ he insisted softly, reaching out to wrap his warm hand around mine. ‘It’s the kind that makes you think about things that make your head hurt, because not thinking about them is the coward’s way out. The kind that makes you touch people who bruise your soul, just because they need to be touched. This is the kind of crazy that lets you stare out into the darkness and rage at eternity, while it stares back at you, ready to swallow you whole.'” ~ Rachel Vincent

Dear Crazy,

If you’ve ever been swallowed by the same eternity—posing as darkness, posing as undomesticated, unscripted, messy you… or if you’re just the foolish kind that jumps off cliffs with no parachute, even though it hurts, because… well, because it’s the right and truthful thing to do…

And if, say you’re somewhat lonely—though not alone, somewhat sad—though not broken, and somewhat tired—though wide awake and restless, please stand up. Take a deep breath. Clear your throat. Look your Self in the eyes. Place your hand over your beaten heart. And let’s declare our independence from the norm.

But first, press play. ‘Cause Crazy without Epic is… just Cray.


1. I will remember what it was like to be born, and all the beautiful things I used to point at before I could speak them. I’ll reinvent curiosity and memorize delight.

2. I will forgive, because no one survives. I’ll keep the bruises but get rid of the blue. I’ll kiss my Judas back. (I have my own crosses to carry).

3. I will believe in ghosts and fairy tales. And elves and science fiction. I won’t declare a world impossible until I’ve tried to build it with my hands and when my pulse shakes like a leaf, I’ll say sure, let’s, why not.

4. I will fight with the sword of my tongue, not my fists. I’ll also fight with my silence and lips. And turn all my blood into metaphor and blossom my way into fierce cherry trees.

5. I will love like it’s the end of the world and the house is on fire. And if it’s not, I’ll bring the matches. I’ll love even when I don’t, or when I lose, or when love’s fleeting like sunsets or thick like bone or long or heavy or boring like the book I’m never done reading and writing.

6. I will live every day like it never happened before or like a tune to a song still unwritten. And I’ll record every hour on my face, and in this short-lived human dilemma, I’ll try to be in all my pictures, heartbeats, adventures and wrinkles.

7. I will dream up my reality. I will not be reasonable or realistic. I’ll write sideways on lined paper and I’ll always put heart over matter and imagination over knowledge.

8. I will create a thousand planets from scratch and then I’ll add them to the Milky Way so I can help expand the universe. I’ll make up a new language out of dust and come up with a hundred different ways to say your name.

9. I will be honest rather than loyal. Because to get through the dark forests of life you need a lamp, not a shadow, and trust is not a blind soldier but the soul’s one and only chief of staff.

10. I will be wild and untamed. I will believe in wolves. I’ll be insane, uncivilized, emotional and personal. And I will take the ring to Mordor even if I don’t know where Mordor is. I’ll be the child I left behind. I’ll be the door and key to me.

11. And when I come to die, the only thing I will regret is leaving all my stories, unfinished, on your chest. But I should hope to live in such a way, that time would breathe me out and back into your lungs, until there’s no more me or you or words or why.




Do the right thing…

(Via Lululemon)


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Co-Founder / Editor in Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Creativity Curator at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Brains & Beauty + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her Monthly Stroke of Renaissance.

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anonymous Jun 19, 2014 2:51am

This is just beautiful. Not even words to describe. I will put this on my wall to remind me of every point.

anonymous Jun 19, 2014 12:38am

Thank you so much for sharing this just when I needed the most. Just when the world is demanding I be a sensible adult, andall I have to give them is a bruised and battered and bewildered little girl. I´m staying wild, but I have learned to stay undercover – at least for now.

anonymous Jan 25, 2014 12:09pm

gosh, this is beautiful. the words are rekindling my heart.

anonymous Aug 7, 2013 2:11pm

Absolutely amazing and wonderful. Namaste.

anonymous Jul 31, 2013 8:01am

Couldn't agree more. This manifesto, and my philosophy echo one another. Beautifully worded and filled with such sharpened passion it could carve a hole through the sun.

Also, backing it with Hans Zimmer? Best. :> Lovely stuff my dear, lovely stuff.

anonymous Jul 29, 2013 12:59pm

this is the best thing ever.

anonymous Jul 28, 2013 6:01pm

Obviously, you have rocked a thousand worlds with these words. You have rocked mine and fell in tune with it at the same time. Thank you for your words, your voice and your timing. The universe gives exactly what I need when I need it and apparently NOW is when I needed you.

anonymous Jul 28, 2013 5:45am

A friend just shared this on her Facebook and I read it and cried. I am in the midst of a heartbreaking separation and this is something I needed to read and breathe in at this moment in my life.

Thank you for this

anonymous Jul 27, 2013 8:33pm

This is one of the most moving, gorgeous pieces I have read recently.

anonymous Feb 18, 2013 9:11am

beautiful… thank you for sharing…. heart to heart i can feel the words as picture and see the pictures as feelings. Thank you 🙂

anonymous Feb 18, 2013 6:48am

Beautiful! And Excellent!

anonymous Jan 29, 2013 10:21am

I'll be writing this in my positive affirmation journal so that I may read it over and over again no matter where I am.
Thanks for the inspiration. I welcome crazy.

anonymous Jan 15, 2013 6:58am

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anonymous Jan 12, 2013 7:30pm

This is was incredibly moving and so well written. One of my favorite posts on E.J. to date. Thank you Andréa.

Reading all of your posts on E.J. is now on my to do list!


anonymous Jan 12, 2013 6:04pm

Love this…thank you. It’s a really great lesson for me as I work my way from this: to THIS.

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anonymous Oct 2, 2012 4:19pm

This is soul stirring….thank you for sharing your lovely words and passion!

anonymous Sep 8, 2012 11:28am

This is absolutely incredible! There is so much poetry and truth in all of this! If this is crazy, I will forever say goodbye to sanity.

anonymous Sep 7, 2012 7:11am

You keep finding new ways to enter my heart and make me fall in love with the world. My inner curmudgeon is disturbed by that, but he likes that so you’ve won me fully.

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anonymous Jul 2, 2012 12:44pm

Wow you blow me away again! I will be sharing this, with your permission of course, at the yoga teacher training I teach and various workshops. I will of course give you credit and promote your amazing writing.

    anonymous Jul 6, 2012 5:53am

    Thanks Jean! Share away. Glad to be of any help. xoxoxo

anonymous Jul 2, 2012 3:01am

… and you did it again. just what i needed right now. you don't write word salad; you write word entrees and word desserts. and it’s always nourishing and delicious 🙂 thanks!

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anonymous May 25, 2012 2:35pm

Inhaling your craziness ~ let them gasp, indeed.

anonymous May 25, 2012 7:27am

Effin Love, Love, Love!

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anonymous May 13, 2012 11:30am

Crazy is as crazy does. Which makes us related….

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anonymous May 10, 2012 8:03am

This is just brilliant – especially numbers 8 and 9, like music to my ears.

anonymous May 10, 2012 6:00am

Thanks for all the kind comments. The Crazy in me bows to the Crazy in you…

    anonymous May 10, 2012 7:12am

    ~und ich habe gesagt: "NaMESSté" 🙂

anonymous May 10, 2012 12:36am

This is beautiful, i love number seven =)

anonymous May 10, 2012 12:23am

I feel sadness.

anonymous May 10, 2012 12:19am

Intoxicating, Innocent and insanely potent !
Thank you for sharing your gift Andrea.

anonymous May 10, 2012 12:15am

Holy Shiva – this is the best freakin thing you've ever written – and that is a tall order!

    anonymous May 10, 2012 6:00am

    Did you hear that Shiva? I need your blessing. 🙂 Thanks so much Kristi.

anonymous May 10, 2012 12:06am

The words spoken by a kindred spirit. Hello freind:)

anonymous May 9, 2012 7:39pm

Magnifique,ma chere Andrea. Vous etes une vraie femme sauvage. One of your best ever. A manifesto to be ripped from the screen and pasted onto the mirror that is life. xoxoxo.

anonymous May 9, 2012 2:50pm

C'est moi: le Loup-garou.
Every day never happened–we are (right now) creating it.
A thousand planets have perished,
(they made me and you)
fleeting, thick, heavy~and loves' fire could not purify this?
Silent, we shake off the ghostly ways,
~sauvage, avec aucun nom (pas milliers)
the cherry blossoms cover my chest–
with no regrets, while Judas marks the days.
I engulf the darkness–no words,
the dream of seven layers
fades like winter's breath.
Crazy? (she survived, bruised…as mad as birds)

    anonymous May 9, 2012 4:19pm

    Eric! I've already told you this but you won't listen. Send in your article. It's an order. (Now!)

      anonymous May 10, 2012 2:04pm

      Aiiyee..perdón, Mija. I am le Loup-garou, el Hombre Lobo~I eat quotes, avocados, abogados, broccoli, kale, chevré y peras d'anjou, Marmitako; I am a smatterer and flatterer, pierdo el tiempo músicaI y bastardo poesía of the wild mind…and I will not be ordered or tamed…

        anonymous Jun 19, 2014 11:37pm

        Loco crazy fou! My mind works very similar to yours!

anonymous May 9, 2012 1:55pm

One of my favorite Elephant posts so far. You're my kind of crazy!

    anonymous May 9, 2012 4:17pm

    Judging from your nickname, you sound like the crazy kind too. (and I mean it as a compliment).

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anonymous May 9, 2012 10:13am

Queen Cray, you rock my world. This is beautiful and delicious. I just ate it all up and it gave me goosies. xoxoxoxoxoxox

    anonymous May 9, 2012 4:15pm

    Cray Cray reporting. I just hope you ate it with strawberries & almond butter. Because that's how I served it… xoxo

anonymous May 9, 2012 7:14am

Freaking A girlfriend! I believe you just ROCKED it 🙂

    anonymous May 9, 2012 9:38am

    As I said on your post, get out of my head, Rajni. 🙂 xoxo

      anonymous May 9, 2012 11:57am

      Noooooo. its much too fun there! xoxo

anonymous May 9, 2012 6:17am

inhaled deeply .. now part of my DNA . Really Andrea .. shattering !! ( just run spell check sweetheart, or your new language will be in peril ) xx

    anonymous May 9, 2012 9:37am

    Yes, Maria it's meant to turn into DNA. And thanks, you're too kind. By the way, did you mean that spell check as a metaphor, or did you find any typos? I'm in a seven layer inception dream so I can't tell. 🙂

anonymous May 9, 2012 5:49am

wowsers. if ecstasy had a scent, my olfactory sensors where just tickled by it. it. like a rare note of Rumi, i do declare……
No. 4 and 9 – check. 4 – workin' on.

    anonymous May 9, 2012 9:35am

    Thanks faye. & touche, I'm also stuck on those two. 🙂

anonymous May 9, 2012 5:11am

I will savor each note, right or wrong as a individual component to the melody .
TY Batman!

    anonymous May 9, 2012 9:34am

    yes, Robin, you're the craziest of all. Love.