I’m thinking this morning of the immense challenge of living with a mental illness. So often, we’re taught to act like everything is easy. “He or she makes it look so easy,” is a common accolade. Well you know what? Some things are hard. And that’s okay. Some things don’t look easy. And they shouldn’t.
Living with Bipolar Disorder is hard and sometimes I make it look hard. And that’s okay. I’ve found that it’s when I’m trying to make it look easy, I’m usually in a state of denial. When I’m trying to make it look easy, it’s because I don’t want others to worry or feel uncomfortable. And that’s not good for you, for me, for anyone.
The beginning of healing and managing any disease is acceptance. I’ve learned this the hard way. I’ve learned that my number one job is to be honest with myself and then take care of myself. That’s not selfish. It’s actually the most generous thing in the world. When I acknowledge my illness and make my first priority taking care of myself, I have so much more to give to the world. It ain’t easy, it’s ain’t supposed to be easy, but it is manageable.
I appreciate the compassion of others as I navigate this journey with Bipolar Disorder.
May we all take good care of ourselves so we can give completely to the world.
~The Bellowing Angels (TBA)