People Think I’m Crazy, But That’s Okay

They think I’m not living life to the fullest. That I’m doing it wrong. That I’m settling for less and I don’t have ambitions in life. And my worldview is absurd (some of my friends and relatives ridicule my worldview). I respect them.

When I didn’t cut my hair for a year and started ignoring social gatherings, people say, “What happened? You probably get lost from the right path.” Maybe yes. I don’t know.

When I didn’t buy new clothes for a year and started downsizing my items, people say, “Why aren’t you rewarding yourself? You should wear new clothes and buy new items so you’ll feel happy.” Maybe they were right, maybe.

I don’t know whether downsizing my personal items is right or wrong. I don’t know whether not cutting my hair for a year is right or wrong. I don’t know whether living the life I wanted to live is right or wrong. Maybe they were right. And I am wrong.

But all I know is that I I love doing these experiments and learning from them. I love challenging the status quo, the traditional beliefs, and the norms. Ah, the norms. I don’t understand the norms.

Who invented the idea that we must follow social norms to function as a real productive society?

Someone asked me, “Why don’t you find a secure job to live a safe life?”

Then I thought, “Who popularized the idea that people need a secure job to live a safe life?”

What they refer as secure jobs aren’t really secure. There are long-term jobs, but there are no secure jobs. Even companies aren’t truly secure. The economy’s not secure. The government’s not secure — it may collapse any time. Maybe next month. Or next year.

What will happen then? I don’t know. I’m not a prophet.

So now you think I’m crazy. Thank you!

Not everyone can stand my perspective. I prefer people hate me for being my true self, rather than pretending to be someone else.

Truth is, when you’re honest or when you voice out your worldview or when you show your true self, people may think you’re crazy.

That’s okay. That means you’re being you. That means you’re not pleasing people. As the great Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

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Jade Panugan

Some interesting questions about life and human behavior: What if there's no money? Why we often feel the urge to prove that we're right and others are wrong? Why we react to things beyond our control? Why we hate? Why it's hard to be content? I don't have all the answers, do you? Let's chat.