Monday, 6 June 2011

It's a fine line

We have all heard the saying "there's a fine line between genius and insanity". There have been many great and inspired people through the ages, who have achieved fame and accolades, the same have also been mentally ill or psychologically impaired. Many who suffered the constant change of depression, battling mood swings from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. In the high times they created masterpieces of literature inspired art or music, the same ones when enduring the low times, destroyed their own works, burned their literature, trashed their inventions or inflicted themselves with horrendous self-harm and in some cases, ultimately; chose death.

"On a clear day, you can see forever", who said that? Whoever it was, was no stranger to depression, because that's what it's like. When you are up, anything is possible, the thoughts flow freely, nothing can stop the creative process, a torrent of energy that knows no bounds. You make plans, big plans, long-term goals and visions, you can see it all so clearly, you set things in motion, make commitments, appointments and agendas. The problem is, when time comes to meet the commitments, attend the appointments, it's not a clear day anymore, cognitive functioning is diminished, you can't see it how you did the week before, a dull grey memory clouds the brilliance of yesterday.

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