Beauty from Pain

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_Christina
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   Posted 7/23/2007 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Have you ever stopped to consider that we can offer more to society than most people because we deal with the depths of pain, and the exhilaration of highs, and we can get to a point where we can share with others, empathize, and walk another through life as one that has felt it all before?

We may be hard to deal with while we tumble through life, but who else can say that they have felt all there is to feel and yet still be here to tell about it?

BP may be a trial, but trials ALWAYS come with a lesson to be learned.  What kind of lessons has BP taught you? 

What have you learned in life that possibly you wouldn't have if you never had to suffer with BP?

 

I really want to know.


Christina
 
When you cannot stand, on whom do you lean?


mogli
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   Posted 7/23/2007 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Christina,

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 :-)


Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
--currently not on meds for bp--


_Christina
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   Posted 7/24/2007 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
What a great response!  This is the type of thing I want to hear. 
 
Do you have a story of what BP has taught you?
What have you learned and how was it taught to you?
 
If there was a nugget of truth that you could immortalize for all to know, what would you say?  What can you teach others that are still learning?
Christina
 
When you cannot stand, on whom do you lean?

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