Here’s to the crazy ones

January 10th is National #PeculiarPeopleDay, here to celebrate the leaders of the strange and unusual, those who refuse to succumb to the world’s idea of what is normal and sane, be that loudly and proudly or quietly and unobserved. They challenge the status quo and utterly rebuke the concept that that which is out of the ordinary is bad. Whether they simply dress in their own style, refuse to confirm to an expected standard or have very clear ideas of what is right and normal.

Contrary to what you might think, it has never been the normal people who have set the world in motion. Whenever there has come sweeping change, it has always been at the hands of someone who refuses to accept things as they are, they challenge established ideas and overturn conventions. They seek the horizon of every field to determine what’s there and bring joy to life by breaking out of the concepts that define ‘a normal and healthy life’.

Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple and innovator, is famously attributed to a speech which formed part of the hugely influential Apple “Think Different” Ad campaign. Click below to take a minute to listen to this inspiring homage to the Peculiar, the Different, the Crazies.

Here's to The Crazy Ones - Steve Jobs

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As writers, we frequently inhabit the minds of Peculiar People. Our characters are often those who are just a little out of sync with everyone else. That’s what makes them fascinating, to us and our readers. I am always looking for the unusual which lies beneath the surface because just as you should never judge a book by its cover, people are so much more than skin deep. Even with those who are radically different of the surface, I am intrigued by the story behind the person and love giving voice to those who are not, necessarily, “the norm.”

In my Lives on a Train short stories collection I had a lot of fun crafting and creating the peculiarities of commuters including some surprising Peculiar and Crazy Ones in the first book The 06.35 to London.  

There are two great ways to celebrate Peculiar People day, starting with celebrating those in your life who are already strange and unusual. If you have that friend who always adds a little spice to your life and makes sure that even the most normal of events is somewhat surreal and off-beat, then Peculiar People Day is your opportunity to give them the recognition and appreciation they deserve.

Peculiar People Day is also your chance to let your freak flag fly if you’re one of the peculiar ones. Don’t let anyone else tell you what is appropriate and normal, get out there and shake up the world with your amazing and unique personality. Remember, it’s always the peculiar ones who change the world, in ways subtle to overarching, so get out there on Peculiar People Day and let them see your inner oddball!

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Tracy Stewart, author, wordsmith, dreamer of big dreams, is giving away a FREE copy of her short story ‘Boy Meets Girl’ this month. Be sure to check out her website for your downloadable copy!

At Freshly Press we’d love to help you be one of the zesty Crazy Ones, one of the non-conformist Peculiar People who are writers and authors. Get in touch for a free chat about your book project, wherever you are on your writer journey. 

 Resources: DaysoftheYear