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?