“I like someone who is a little crazy but coming from a good place. I think scars are sexy because it means you made a mistake that led to a mess.” Angelina Jolie
Back in the days when we were young, stupid, and full of crazy ideas about our invincibility, a few childhood friends decided to tempt faith. JimJim, Xenia, Joe and Patty had heard that a small brush fire in a neighboring town was beginning to spread. The town alarm had gone off and fire fighters from every little town, north of nowhere, grabbed their gear and headed in the direction of the wildfire.
It was a hot afternoon and the foursome were bored. After playing a round of pool, JimJim had an idiotic idea.
“Hey guys, wanna go check out that fire?” He asked
Xenia, a little less foolish than the rest, shook her head. “No, not today!” she mumbled
“Come on guys, it’ll be fun. We can go watch the fire fighters, light a few cigs from the brush, and take some photos of each other pretending to walk through the fire.” JimJim continued.
Patty yawned and turning her back on the rest, closed her eyes and fell dead asleep on the old black leather recliner.
“What do you say Joe? Wanna go?” JimJim pressed Joe hoping he’d take him up on the offer.
“Heck, why not. I’ll join in if the girls come with us.” said Joe
And so the conversation went, back and forth, back and forth, until Xenia relented. Patty woke up somewhere in the middle of this mess and got dragged into the crazy plan they had concocted. What was the plan?
Yeah, it was crazy alright but you have to wait to hear it. Those fools were lucky they lived to tell the tale.
Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy. Nora Ephron
JimJim had the less than brilliant idea to have each of them dress up as some wild animal. The idea was to park their car a distance from the actual fire and then, wear their garb and dash out to the road near the firefighters. They would run along the perimeter of the burning bush and when they found a smoldering fire, they would dash in and out.
Needless to say, the idea took an almost nasty turn when, JimJim, dressed like a zoo bear, ran through the burning bush straight towards a cop who was standing nearby, chatting with a friend. The cop saw JimJim and quickly reached for his gun. At the moment when the cop released the safety clip and fired a shot at JimJim, Joe came bounding out of bushes screaming… “No, no, no! He’s my buddy. He’s a teenager!”
With alacrity, Joe knocked JimJim down, taking the cop down with them. In the chaos, a fire fighter jumped on Joe, who, by the way, was wearing a deer mask and horns. A horn poked him in the eye and the firefighter fell on top of the cop screaming… It was a big mess as others gathered to separate man from beast (pretenders to the throne).
The four teens were arrested, locked up, and had to show up to a hearing. Their parents were furious and they were grounded for the rest of the year. As for the deer, bear, and monkey suits they wore that day, JimJim’s mother put them to bed in a small bonfire behind her home. Yep, that was crazy alright! How about your crazy teen years? What did you do? Do share.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Let’s Go Crazy. Sometimes, we act on impulse: it could be something as small as ordering that special dessert on the menu, maybe asking out that cute boy or girl, or as large quitting your job and selling everything you own to become a shepherd in New Zealand. What’s the most crazy, outrageously impulsive thing you’ve ever done? If you’ve never succumbed to temptation, dream a little. If you gave yourself permission to go a little crazy, what would you do? Photographers, artists, poets: show us IMPULSE.
Positive Motivation Tip: In life, we can choose to live carefully or impulsively. Either way, there are consequences and stories to tell.