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Your “Madness” could be your Treasure

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Photograph, Doolin Pier at sunset with motor bike helmets

One of my earliest and deepest fears was that I was mad. Not in a kind of arty way, just plain mad. Yep my brain does not work in a typical way, this I must have been aware of from a very young age, hence the worry being mad! When I went to Grennan Mill craft school after I left school, I found my clan, in a way. I felt normal, it was great! Since then I have been learning that being different and eccentric has many positive aspects.

The other day in an underground car park in Ennistymon my husband and I started to talk about madness. He said everyone is mad, just in different ways, but that the madness is was talking about is not a bad thing; that it can be the thing that is the most beautiful thing about us. I liked this statement. Suddenly it opened up a world of possibilities, for me. James said to me to think of one of my madnesses; one of the things that I have an urge to do but for some reason feel I should not do because of society. I said when I am on the back of the motor bike I feel like holding my arms out like I am flying. So for most of the journey home to Doolin I stuck my arms out, it was great! ( I am not recommending people do this!) What mad or crazy thing do you feel like doing? Allow you madness to express itself, our quirks and individuality are what made us human and ultimately beautiful!

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Written by Marianne Slevin

31 May, 2010 at 2:01 pm

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  1. What an intriguing photo and post. I relate to your thoughts because sometimes I feel a strange sort of madness captivate my mind. My mother read an article by Psychologist, James Dobson, about middle children taking longer to discover their identities. That is a great excuse I will use for now.

    JoDee Luna

    31 May, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    • Thank you, I have read a couple of good articles you might like on the subject, but my computer skills are not great and I don’t know how to do links, but you might find them this way. 1) BBC News- Creative minds “mimic schizophrenia” news.bbc.co.uk and 2) an article written by “Essential Prose” there is a link to her sight from mine. The blog post is called “Madness, Genius and the things we don’t see. All the best!

      Marianne Slevin

      31 May, 2010 at 11:36 pm


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