What a great, great question/thought. I think about this from time to time for sure. Bipolar is a huge battle for me that can be extremely scary a lot of the time. It's sometimes a constant struggle.
But being Bipolar has also taught me a ton about life and even more about myself. That is truly what I am most proud of and greatful for. In my early twenties (I'm now 26) I was in such a fret thinking to myself "I'm so lost, I don't even know who I am...shouldn't I know by now? I'm falling behind, I'm flawed because I don't really know myself". Well in the last year or so I finally got it. I know who I am without question. I know that because I am Bipolar I am much stronger than most people. Because I am Bipolar I have more patience and understanding of people. I have more empathy for sure. I am a fighter and a survivor. I also feel that I can really see things or people for what or who they really are. I feel like I can see beyond what others can see, because bipolar is so complex I am able to sort through things that are complicated. I am able to make things that are complicated, simple.
Acceptance of this illness goes a long, long way. It's too bad our "society" can't come to that point. Simply to accept. However, because of my own acceptance, I am able to live my life, and that's what really counts.
Great question Hope you are well