The Crazies’ Manifesto.

Via Andrea Balt
on May 9, 2012
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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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About Andrea Balt

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.


63 Responses to “The Crazies’ Manifesto.”

  1. MamasteNJ says:

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

  2. faye says:

    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.

  3. maria says:

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

  4. Rajni Tripathi says:

    Freaking A girlfriend! I believe you just ROCKED it 🙂

  5. Andréa Balt says:

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

  6. Andréa Balt says:

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

  7. Andréa Balt says:

    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. 🙂

  8. Andréa Balt says:

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

  9. Tanya Lee Markul says:

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

  10. Rajni Tripathi says:

    Noooooo. its much too fun there! xoxo

  11. integralhack says:

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

  12. Eric says:

    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)

  13. Andréa Balt says:

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

  14. Andréa Balt says:

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

  15. Andréa Balt says:

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

  16. ValCarruthers says:

    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.

  17. lisa lindenlaub says:

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

  18. Kristi says:

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

  19. Nigel Be says:

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

  20. Sue says:

    I feel sadness.

  21. Jasmine says:

    This is beautiful, i love number seven =)

  22. Andréa Balt says:

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

  23. Andréa Balt says:

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

  24. Eric says:

    ~und ich habe gesagt: "NaMESSté" 🙂

  25. Jamie says:

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

  26. Eric says:

    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…

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  29. Andréa Balt says:

    Cray Cray, LLC. 🙂

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    Effin Love, Love, Love!

  32. jamesvincentknowles says:

    Inhaling your craziness ~ let them gasp, indeed.

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  34. beth says:

    … 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!

  35. Jean says:

    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.

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

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    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.

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

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

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