Have you ever thought about the certain positive traits that we possess due to our bipolar disorder? Maybe not, and I completely understand that. This disorder is tough as hell to live with.
As a Bipolar type 1 gal, I can relate to the hurdles, lows and triumphs of life with mental illness. Thus, I am always seeking positive perspectives on things that most might consider as FUCKED UP setbacks and devastating tragedies. Bipolar disorder is complex, and looks entirely different on different people. But through every tough ordeal that we experience in life, something new can always be learned, even when it angers, confuses or deeply hurts us.
It is up to you and me to pull out a positive, if we can ever truly find one.
So, here are my few – 5 things that I truly love about being a bipolar person:
(What about you)?
BIPOLAR CAN BE COOL SOMETIMES, AND HERE ARE FIVE REASONS WHY:
1. Rain down, creativity
To put this into perspective, I have been able to write multiple books, work on this blog, work a full time job, attend Graduate school and build my merchandise business while keeping GOD first and constantly creating new ventures and projects for myself. I would say hats off to my own determination that I inherited from my mother, but my ability to wear so many hats at once while brewing with so many ideas – I would definitely give some props to my disorder for always providing the juice for my own energy to keep growing and flowing. Obviously, bipolar disorder works in extremes, so it is up to me utilizing my coping skills to maintain a healthy balance. But, my constant streams of creativity makes me enjoy this aspect of having a mind that never really stops working.
2. Communication skills have no choice but to grow
When you are bipolar, sometimes, you don’t want to talk. Other times, you can tell a whole novel’s worth – and you never shut up telling folks how you feel. What you come to learn, however, is that healthy communication is the ONLY way for others to better understand you, your mental illness, and, your unique and personal experience within it as well. You have to develop healthy safe words when you are in need of urgent care (words used between you and close loved ones), and encourage loved ones to be more mindful, patient and aware of how they communicate with you in return. It requires a lot of effort and work between both you and those that love you, but this is the key to growth and everyone’s healing. This matters most!
3. Super in tune with my emotions at all times
This will vary from person to person. For me, however, bipolar disorder often times allows me to be heavily drawn into my emotions, which is why I personally have no issues with expressing myself when needed. This requires a necessary balance, but, knowing how you and feel and why you feel it ALSO helps you to be a better communicator as well!
4. Super capable of better understanding how others feels and why they might feel it
Along with communication and being in touch with your own emotions, the intensity of these two makes it easier for you to be more empathetic with others. For me personally, I try my best to always put myself in others’ shoes, to really experience what they are enduring. With more empathy, this helps you to live as a better relative, friend, co-worker, mentor, spouse and believer/ person of GOD (if you are spiritual), as well.
5. Fighting to be healthy makes a fighter for life
We endure so many challenges with Bipolar disorder, that fighting is all we know how to do! We grab from our experiences, both good and bad, and utilize our grit, perseverance and strength to make it to the next second, hour, day and year. We do our best to take it one step at a time, no matter how long our anxiety attacks may last, how draining our episodes can be and how unpredictable our depression is at times. We fight.
Believe it or not… that makes us some of the strongest people on the planet.
Do you believe it?
So, what is ONE positive you can name that has come from your mental health disorder? How has your mental health diagnosis helped you to grow in any way?
(If you cannot think of anything, that’s okay). ❤
Share in the comments!
Until next time.
R.K.B. is an award winning self-published Author, Poet and Entrepreneur from Detroit, Michigan.
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