Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Does that make me cra-zy?

I've heard all kinds of stories about the crazy things people do when they are manic. They buy yachts, they end up in New York, they buy 3 houses in one day.

Yesterday I got a new car.

Now I wish I could say that I researched this for months on end, compared specs, test drove dozens of cars. But I didn't.

My lease had another year on it, so I was going to start looking, and my friends and I joked about me driving a Mini Cooper. And then I thought - wait. I don't want to be the trendy chick pastor who drives a Mini. But then I thought - wait - yes I do.

I looked at one online, and went yesterday to test drive one. And yes, it was just like the Italian Job. I took that baby flying around turns, and floored it on every straight-away just to see how she'd fly. I think I scared the salesman a little, but hey, if you're gonna test drive something, you shouldn't just give it a little quiz.

This is how I shop: I see it, I like it, I look at the numbers, and if it checks out, I take it home. Before I knew it I was haggling, sending those guys running around, and wham, I drove home in my new cute little black Mini with white racing stripes.

And some of my coworkers think I'm a little crazy, ending up with a new car in a matter of 3 1/2 hours. And then there was my mom's comment when I told her what I had done - "Now why would you do THAT?" Ah, thanks for the support.

Life's too short to worry about if everyone thinks you are crazy or not. Besides, you already know that you kind of already are, maybe a little.

Don't apologize for spending hours on end writing a novel for no reason. Give no justification for watching Discovery Health every night for 5 hours. Wear black every day, except for one day a week where you wear yellow just to confuse everyone. Research plankton in your spare time and write research papers just because you want to.

Let them say what they will say, think what they want to think, and more than likely be jealous of your knack for throwing caution to the wind.

Just don't buy 3 houses in one day, or anything dumb like that.


Songbird said...

In a Zoloft-induced manic episode, I bought new living room furniture based on a check that was in the mail from another state, that went astray before reaching me. Not so good, though maybe not as bad as three houses in one day.

smkyqtzxtl said...

I think Billy Joel Joel captured the phrase in a song, I think of the lyrics sometimes when I think of God calling me to the ministry, "You may be right, I may be crazy, but I just may be the lunatic you're looking for." I guess I am, sounds like you are too, earthen vessels, made for His glory. Love your honesty.

Bad Alice said...

I get hypomania, which I guess is a mini version of mania. I talk a lot and make lots of plans and usually take up a hobby that I research obsessively until I bottom out and decide that life is futile. I tend more toward the depressive end of the spectrum, though.

It's nice to meet someone else here with Bipolar II.

swandive said...

you have no idea how amazingly wonderful your witness is. bless you and your new mini!

Rachel Rev said...

I hope you are doing well. And I pray you are having fun in the new car.

His Singer said...

Mine was a Toyota Corolla, just before I was to meet with my shrink. Needless to say, I was late for the appointment.

So glad to hear someone else is as nuts as I am!
(And I mean that in a "totally Christian way"...:-))

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