I don't suffer from mental illness, I enjoy every minute of it!
Seriously, I was in a group therapy session once, and I said I was crazy, but at least I wasn't boring, and the doctor said "Do you know what you just said?" As I didn't have a clue (because I'm mentally ill, right?) I just looked at him, puzzled. He said, "You just said that reality is boring".
I looked back at him in all seriousness and said "Well, isn't it?"
I sort of live my life that way. Mentally healthy people are boring, by and large. The most interesting people I know are just a tad off kilter, and have a few bats in their belfries.
Now, I'm not talking about seriously mentally ill people, who can turn your life absolutely upside down, and hurt you no end. I'm talking about people like me, just a little eccentric and unpredictable.
So what do you say? Would you rather be a little bit mad, or boring?
I'm with Rob Thomas "I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell".
just be true to your self... try to know your role function and what your strength is.
I find reality fascinating as there is so much we do not even understand but then I decided to walk another path long ago.
Well, it's not so much "reality" that's boring, it's everyday life. Reality is stranger than fiction. I'm on a very different path than anyone I know. I get bored when things stay the same, in fact, I get bored with security. I have to drop out and live on the edge sometimes to keep myself going.
i do not find everyday life boring, I have been living out on the self-imposed edge for many years and everyday is an adventure, sure some patterns repeat themselves but that simply provides context and memory.
This is my "edge living"...I had a stable, full time job, and was just barely making ends meet. My boss was harrassing me, and it got very stressful. I could have just transferred to another store, but I quit after being there over two years. I had good benefits, and although I was sorta living on the edge financially, I was paying the bills. I could have gone to another store within 30 days and been rehired, kept all that, but instead, I chose not to. I chose to pursue a career doing something entirely different...anything, actually, rather than be relegated to being nice to assholes and being a peon the rest of my life. I'm in a bit of financial trouble now, but I've finally found a way to get out of it, which I will.
That is my edge. I can't stand a mundane existence. While it's nice having security, I don't like sameness, so I regularly put myself in financial peril to shake myself up.
Sort of dangerous when you're over 50, but WTF...I'm probably not going to live to a ripe old age anyway.
I've never trusted the expert advice of therapists...especially since I was told I suffered from an inappropriate sense of humor.
Anyway...I suppose it depends on your version of reality whether it's dull or not. Bob's reality sounds rather interesting and I probably wouldn't find it boring at all. But essentially I agree with you...the mundane tasks of life "i.e. the usual reality for most people" is often boring and I'd rather hang out with the eccentrics.
I don't think a sense of humor is ever inappropriate. Though there are some instances when one should not verbalize their humorous thoughts.
I don't know, some people do have a sick sense of humor, I guess. But sick and inappropriate are two different things. For instance, I would think it sick for someone to laugh over the death or serious injury of a child, but if a kid is having a complete hissy fit over a scraped knee, I would find that comical. A lot of people find it inappropriate when I laugh over things like that. With my own kids, I many times laughed at them when they were having tantums, and they got very angry. When they were grown, they threw that up in my face, and I said "But seeing you go all red in the face over not being able to have pudding cup before dinner is just FUNNY!" They still think I was mean.
There is nothing wrong with being crazy, it's what you do with it that matters!
'Its your life' as Bon Jovi once said. As long as we bring no harm to others we should keep a little insanity to ourselves, it keeps us from going totally insane.
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