We all have our quirks, our individualities, our own unique traits. It’s what makes the world interesting.
But then there’s the things you fret over. The things that seem so bizarre that you’re scared to mention to anyone else in case they brand you a freak. The things no one else talks about for the same reason. So no one gets to discover they’re not alone. This was one of the most comforting things I ever found online:
The first Intrusive Thoughts I remember began during my teenage years, starting off with thoughts of dropping the glass-bottled pint of milk I was holding. When I learned to drive, I used to think about driving full speed into the backs of lorries parked in laybys. These days, most of my Intrusive Thoughts revolve around knives and scissors. Even knowing they’re normal, I still feel like a lunatic.
But, as a horror writer, I’ve learnt to harness these thoughts, to use them to my advantage. All those dark thoughts I have, all those that, in everyday life, I try to push away as soon as they enter my head, I gather them together when I write. I become an absolute sadist, and my poor characters suffer the fallout. But, hey, that’s my job.
You can learn more about Intrusive Thoughts on Wikipedia. What Intrusive Thoughts do you have? What do you do with them?