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Sanity Is Highly Overrated

Updated on April 3, 2012

So many issues with mental health nowadays. There's a medication for everything. Something when you're sad to get you happy, something when you're a little TOO happy to even you out a little. Then if you're bi-polar and can't tell whether you're coming or going, happy, sad or mad most of the time, something you can take for that. Honestly,though, do you know anyone who's completely sane? I know I certainly don't. Everyone I know has at least a tiny bit of crazy in them and really, wouldn't it be a boring world without that? Think about it...

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Edgar Allan Poe

Take Edgar Allan Poe, for instance, a brilliant writer and poet who was just a few beers short of a six pack. His mother died when he was very young, his father left the family, and he was taken in by a family who later broke up when the wife got sick of her husband fathering multiple children from extramarital affairs. Poe got admitted into West Point, but evidently hated it there and got himself kicked out on purpose. He went on to become a poet and marry his 13-year-old cousin when he was 26 years old. Although it was a happy marriage, she died of tuberculosis when she was only 24 and Poe was brokenhearted and unable to write. He wrote a story about taking a hot air balloon trip around the world and published it as if it were true, but it was a complete fake. Shortly before his death, he was found wandering on the streets completely disoriented, wearing someone else's clothes, and incoherent. Many people claimed that he was an alcoholic. He died at the age of forty.

Edgar Allan Poe

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Albert Einstein

Then there was Albert Einstein. Could anyone have any doubt at all the man was crazy...I mean, look at his hair?! Yes, I know all about that whole theory of relativity thing and the fact that he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in 1922, but seriously, he believed in some pretty outrageous theories. Some of his ideas were positively Star Trekkian...like parallel universes and such. It's said he didn't speak until he was three years old and barely made it out of high school, because he was thought to be not very bright. He was probably busy thinking up stuff that most of us will never understand...like how to make that transporter room thing work.

Albert Einstein...Proof Of Craziness

Vincent Van Gogh

Now I'll be the first to admit that I have his "Sunflowers" painting hung on one of the walls of my house and "A Starry Night" is one of my favorite painting, but really, he was pretty far out there. He drank absinthe to counteract the effects of his epilepsy, but absinthe was actually toxic and made him even worse. Sometimes when he was trying to kill himself, he was known to drink paint or kerosene. During an incident with Gauguin, he accidentally cut off part of his own ear and ended up in an insane asylum. He shot and killed himself two months after his release.

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Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison was on the border of nuts from the time he was a kid. He started doing science experiments in his family's basement and put labels on all of his concoctions reading "Poison." He got thrown off of a train for creating a chemistry lab which caused a minor explosion and a fire. He read every book in the Detroit Library. He was said to be very ethnocentric and had an extreme dislike of immigrants, it was also said that he was afraid of the dark which could explain the light bulb. Seems that he was also a great doodler and pages and pages of his notes were written in all sorts of handwriting...all by his own hand. Hmmmm...

Thomas Edison

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Crazy Is The New Sane

So as I look over all these folks, and think about others, like Kurt Cobain, Goya, Dali, Janis Joplin, John Belushi, Jimi Hendrix, and many, many others... I realize that if I'm crazy I'm in some pretty fine company. I'll just keep reminding myself that there's a fine line between genius and insanity and I shouldn't toe the line TOO closely or I could end up somewhere I've got no business. So maybe it's not a bad thing to be crazy. Just someone tell me that next time I say I'm going to write 30 articles in 30 days...

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Thanks, HotTopics. No clue myself. Thanks, Kim. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Kim Harris 6 years ago

      I think sanity is under rated:) Ha. fun hub DIY. Thanks.

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      hottopics 6 years ago from Texas

      Great read. What is sane? I know I sure dont know

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      CMHypno, I like that..."kick in our gallop", I'll have to remember that one! Thanks for reading!

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Sane is boring DIY! One thing I have learned from being a hypntherapist is that nobody has a 'normal' or 'typical' life. We all have an odd kick in our gallop somewhere down the line!

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Glad you enjoyed it, Ria, looks like we all are!

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      Ria 6 years ago

      haha Rochelle! Lady Gaga!! true!!

      I loved reading the article!! I can now see that even I am in pretty good company...;)

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Glad I could make someone smile, Tsmog, that made my day! That's a writer's best gift knowing he or she can affect another person by making them think, smile, cry, or even laugh out loud. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      great hub , , ,smiling all the way through it , , , they say the only insane person is a sane person within an insane society , , ,

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Thanks, SchoolGirl! It's true, everyone has their own little bit of crazy tucked away somewhere, I think some people are better than others in hiding it!

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      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

      This is a wicked awesome hub. You hit the nail on the head. Maybe some of us need medication to get by but it's just like others who drink or do drugs or pot. We are all the same. I really enjoyed the stories. And we are def over medicated. BRAVO!!!

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Thanks, I fixed it, Shogan! I need you as my proofreader! Good question about the library, I'm sure not as many as there are now, but probably more than you and I have ever read!

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      shogan 6 years ago from New England

      Good stuff, DIY. I'm starting to think that what we call insanity is just a fun way of fitting in. I wonder how many books were in the Detroit Library when Edison read them all. That's an amusing story. Thanks for the read!

      (Oh, and check the spelling of "Allan")

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Thanks, Simone! A little crazy is good for the spirit. A lotta crazy...not so much!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, sanity is dreadfully dull. I SO agree with you, and really enjoyed the Hub! Brava!

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Me too, Stephanie! Thanks!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on meeting the 30 Day Challenge! Personally, I like a little crazy in a person... :)

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Don't we all, A.A.? You have to be a little crazy just to make it through the day anymore it seems!

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for the hub. Now I feel much better about myself.

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Thanks, Susan! This shows what trying to write four hubs in a day will do for you... I barely knew what I was writing!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Fantastic HUB! That is my favorite Jimmy Buffet song and I quote it so often. "If we weren't all crazy we would be go insane". I think I believe too lol :) Hit all the buttons on this one.

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Rochelle, you are so right! I was in a hurry to get done before midnight or I would've included alot of talented nuts...even Charlie Sheen! Thanks!

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      Great hub. Congratulations on your 30 in 30! (I thought Lady Gaga might end up on your list.)