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Mark Vonnegut   ::   Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So

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Luck and circumstances make us as different from who we might have been as cats are from dogs and birds are from bugs.
None of us are entirely well, and none of us are irrecoverably sick. At my best I have islands of being sick. At my worst I had islands of being well.
The reason creativity and craziness go together is that if you're just plain crazy without being able to sing or dance or write good poems, no one is going to want to have babies with you. Your genes will fall by the wayside. Who but a brazen crazy person would go one-on-one with blank paper or canvas armed with nothing but ideas?
Life for the unwell is discontinuous and unpredictable. Things just come out of nowhere. People try but mostly do a lousy job of taking care of you.
Introverts almost never cause me trouble and are usually much better at what they do than extroverts. Extroverts are too busy slapping one another on the back, team building, and making fun of introverts to get much done. Extroverts are amazed and baffled by how much some introverts get done and assume that they, the extroverts, are somehow actually responsible.
Writing is very hard mostly because until you try to write something down, it's easy to fool yourself into believing you understand things. Writing is terrible for vanity and self-delusion.
People who are trying to die are trying to tell us something.
The business opportunities presented by sickness and the threat of sickness have cast into outer darkness the opportunity for medical practitioners to be of help and service.
Relationships are absurd spindly contrivances
Of Love Lust + Luck
How sad when we see
Of course
It can't work
If you don't want to miss life, don't blink. Somehow having my awesome willpower come up short against alcohol got rid of the three-inch-thick Plexiglas separating me from the rest of the world. I can now love and accept love.
It's better to live in a world where you can write and paint and tell a few jokes than one where you can't.
All the arts are ways to start a dialogue with yourself about what you've done, what you could have done differently, and whether or not you might try again. Whether or not you want to make a living or can make a living at it, people who consistently bother to try almost always get good or at least better.
His refusal to find a groove and stay there when he was famous and successful was admirable, but it was also because he dreaded what life would be if he stopped being creative, honest, and willing to be awkward.
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