For centuries, women have endured the unfounded claim by men that we're "crazy." Whether we show too much emotion, not enough motion or no emotion at all, eventually we're all dubbed as having this disorder during our lives.
But this new Oscars ad from Nike – voiced by the extraordinary Serena Williams – reminds us that "crazy" isn't a disorder. Although it's been a word used to silence and restrict women from gaining power in professional and personal relationships, it's often the impetus for success.
As the ad points out, at one time a woman running a marathon was "crazy." But without the "crazy" nothing changes, so we need to be "crazy" to solve problems, to move forward, to achieve dreams.
Every time we hear the word "crazy," we need to remember it actually means "unprecedented" and then keep striving – harder, louder and more passionately.
Whether we care about a shoe ad or not, the message has traction: if crazy is what it takes to move forward, let's show 'em a monsoon of insanity.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.