Be mad about everything in Life. And if you are not mad about something, don’t do it!
Ask yourself: are you in your job, relationship, career, business because you are passionate, mad, about it or are you in it out of compulsion? If you are into anything because it is your need, you will never get anything you want out of it. It will feed you, shelter you, hold you perceptionally secure but it will never satisfy or fulfill you completely. For you to get everything you want out of Life, you must be mad about whatever work you do or whatever Life you live.
The Beat Generation refers to post-WWII American writers who spawned a radical, new way of thinking, living and writing. One of the most prominent Beat Generation writers was Jack Kerouac (1922~1969), who wrote both novels and poetry and covered diverse topics such as spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. He is said to have inspired, among several others, Bob Dylan and his music! In his 1957 landmark novel, On the Road, considered largely autobiographical, Kerouac, wrote famously, “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’.” Kerouac’s poetic description is inviting; for you to experience Life with such intensity, for you to understand that only when you are mad, will you see Life this way. Kerouac’s prescription of madness promises us a zero-regrets Life because, think about it, what’s holding us back is__sanity. He says, and I agree, when we find madness, intensity, in each moment, we will live a complete Life getting all that we want__and more__from it!