It’s Genius

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. – Marilyn Monroe

Ah, I love this quote.

Imperfection.  I mean, we are ALL imperfect beings.  And ‘beauty is in the eyes of the beholder’, yeah blah yeah.  So why then, are we so focused on the physical portrait of an individual’s beauty to determine their worth?  Life is not perfect, we are not perfect, most of the time the subject in front of a camera is not perfect, so should we not just show our imperfections as they are?  Why should we interfere with the use of make-up, Photoshop, airbrush, filters, or perfect angles?  Oh I am so very guilty of editing pictures of myself, mostly because I have hated pictures of me for so long.  My idea of a good picture of myself is through the use of filters – my picture in About is case-in-point.  I have great teeth but if I smile too big by eyes disappear.  I’m red-headed so my pink skin is blotchy.  Let’s not even get started on me from the neck down… My self-worth is not completely dependent on my physical beauty, but it does make up a large part of it, simply because of the social aspect of being accepted based on physical appearance.  I know I am, by some standard (somewhere), attractive, yes, but it’s time I embraced my imperfections a bit more…

Madness.  What is madness though?  Is that wicked smart?  Is it the adventure junkies who jump out of planes or snowboard off mountain cliffs?  Madness is ‘defined’ as severe mental illness, foolish behavior, or a state of chaos.  Hmmmm… I read a dissertation (yes I really did) on Plato’s take on madness and I connected to this statement, “Excited and enthusiastic about something, you might insist that a certain kind of craziness leads to the best things in life: love, philosophy, art, science, and soon you find fault with the instinct to draw a line between rationality and madness. Is not some kind of madness a powerful ingredient of a good life, as one might rationally pursue it?”  We do not want to miss out on forms of madness that make life richer and more interesting.  Okay, awesome.  Now how to I tap into my madness without having to jump out of a plane?

I’ve always thought of myself as a relatively boring person.  Perhaps because I’ve always felt like I didn’t have a passion and really nothing to talk about of interest other than work or the random happenings of my life.  Truly, through this blog I have started to see that maybe I am not so boring as I have thought all this time.  Maybe my perspective is interesting after all.  I haven’t mastered ridiculous, that’s for certain.  But I do crave the ‘ridiculous’ experience.  What that is I have yet to decide.  Maybe I am ridiculous and just don’t see it…

Beautiful, mad, and ridiculous.  Yes please.

What’s your beautiful?  What’s your madness?  What is your ridiculous?



  1. Boring is good. Reliable, dependable and safe and makes us feel calm.
    We all need a little madness in our lives but to have it at the cost of being a whirling dervish all day long. No thanks.
    As for Beauty. Well it is in the eye of the beholder. I am a good looking chap and yet am single, however, if you look at some of the car crashes of the people look and they are in relationships, well it simply goes to prove…..

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  2. This is the second post I’ve read today that I want to steal, I mean, use for inspiration in developing a similar post of my own! 😊 These are great questions to contemplate. Personally, I have a good start on ridiculous, but the others will take some time to work through. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. Gosh I can relate to this so much. I think I fit into the category of boring sometimes, ridiculous often and mad, yep, getting there! Thanks for giving us things to ponder on. Great post.


  4. Good article, and very thought provoking. I resonate with a lot of what you said and try to find that “take me for what I am” middle ground but seem to rarely succeed. Vanity, get thee behind me 😉

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    1. What’s odd is that I am actually trying to tune in to the vanity this year… I’m working towards losing weight and getting healthy, so trying to find the things about my body that I like to build my confidence. I feel like I’m concentrating on it more now than I ever have…🙄

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  5. Found you on the solidarity challenge and I went ‘I already follow you from Bloggin101 and Bloggers meetup’.

    I’ve come to realise everything in this world is ‘relative’. Everyone has a certain perspective about something…actually about everything! As humans we are also very self critical of ourselves… We tend to find flaws in ourselves and ofcourse ‘societal definition’ of what is beautiful doesn’t help either.

    I think it is very important that as individuals, we totally EMBRACE our individuality. That thing about ourselves that we seem not to like is actually what differentiates us from the next person.. Wouldn’t the world be boring if we all looked the same 🙂

    Such a lovely post Amanda 🙂

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