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Just Jot It January 10th – Sane


What does it mean to be sane? According to Google’s dictionary it refers to a) a person who is “of sound mind; not mad or mentally ill,” or b) an undertaking or manner which is “reasonable; sensible.” That’s all fine and good, but who gets to judge?

The obvious answer is a doctor. But before that can happen, someone has to take, encourage, or direct said insane person to the doctor in the first place. Because chances are that the truly insane person doesn’t know he or she is insane at all. Not, of course, to put down anyone with mental illness. But for example, I had to be the one to decide to take my Autistic son to the doctor to get checked out. I was the judge in that case.

Moving on…

I often wonder about my own sanity. Considering some of the things that come out of me in my fiction, I think anyone in their right mind would. The thing is, I have no idea where my darker, twisted imagination stems from. I had no significant trauma (that I can remember) in my childhood. I was loved by my parents until my father passed away at the tender age of 49, when I was fourteen. So where’s the psychology in it? Okay yes, I’ve been reading Stephen King since I was fourteen, but can he have influenced me that greatly? No, in fact I don’t think he did.

I’ve had the imagination of a writer since I was very young. I’m talking four or five years old. I remember coming up with stories that, not having the skill to spell, revolved over and over in my head. Some of them even then involved a certain level of torture and sex. So how? Could I have been remembering another life? You may be thinking what I poor child I must have been to have such imaginings, but I grew up with a healthy sense of right and wrong, with empathy, without anxiety or nervousness, and with an understanding of humankind that has prevented me from hating a single soul on the planet. It’s an understanding that has enabled me to write relatable characters. It’s an understanding of everyone else but me.

But then, does anyone really understand themselves? Or does everyone but me?


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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

61 thoughts on “Just Jot It January 10th – Sane

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  10. I always think of the line, “Everyone’s crazy but you and me, and I’m not sure about you.”

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  14. Sanity?? What is that?hahahahaha πŸ˜€ Oddly fits my post (I did not take time to look at the prompt.. sorry… things are a bit uhum..INsane right now.

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  16. If I understand myself any better, it’s only due to therapy πŸ˜‰ I’m a big fan of your brain and I have been declared sane.

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  18. Interestingly, I am planning a post at some point about trying to understand how minds actually work…

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  23. “It’s an understanding of everyone else but me.” You’re still a work in progress Linda πŸ™‚


  24. Normal is overrated…sanity is overrated…

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  25. I don’t think we can box in “sane” right? What is sane for me is completely insane for you. As long as we don’t kill anyone – or wait! Even that is normal for certain people.

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  27. I thought I had commented on this… Obviously I haven’t. But again Linda you have smashed the theme.
    You are one of the sanest people I know. If anyone is sane. I think like me you are a survivor. xxx


  28. Well, it’s the sane thing to do to write about it rather than act out on them. Great post πŸ™‚


  29. Linda,
    You must have a powerful imagination to have had such strong story lines swirling in your head since early childhood. What a great gift!


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  31. I think it must be pretty hard to truly say whether or not someone is sane. I am pretty sure that in another era, I could well have been sent to an asylum!


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  35. Food for thought…. Sane huh? Good prompt!


  36. Thanks for sharing πŸ˜‰


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