If you ask me who I am chances are I’ll tell you that I’m a writer with Bipolar Disorder with emphasis on the Bipolar. You see I really don’t know who I am outside of my illness. I’ve been sick my whole life. Seriously my whole life. I don’t know who I am outside of that. Just a writer with Bipolar Disorder. And that’s not right. That’s not okay. That shouldn’t be what makes me a person.
So I sat down and I made a list of things that I like and you know it took me a really long time. I actually had to go back and look at my book bio. Here’s what I came up with, tattoos, rain, knitting, reading, stuffed animals, and stationery.
So this is me: I am a person who enjoys getting tattoos. I like the rain, knitting, and stuffed animals. I love reading and stationery. I am also a writer and self-published Author.
Notice the lack of Bipolar? I mean I could tack it on the end there ‘I also have Bipolar Disorder.’ But why? I just separated myself from my illness. I am more than my illness. I mean look at all those things. I’m awesome.
It’s so easy to be consumed by your illness. It becomes its own little world. A world of doctor visits, therapy, medications, hospitals. It can be all consuming. And it’s understandable, it takes up a lot of your time, so much of your life. It’s with you 24/7. But don’t let it take you over, don’t let it forget who you are, don’t let it consume you.