Hahaha, Bill you crack me up. And I like this thread. I feel like I've been thinking rationally today for the first time in a while, it started when I realized that someone was hitting on me last night. I never realize when girls are into me until someone tells me. Anyways...
I woke up this morning and was thinking of this exact same thing. "How can I use this to my advantage, and how has it helped me?". The first thing that came to mind was empathy. I have always related to a wide range of people because I have experienced such a wide range of emotions. I know what it is to be hurting so bad and have nobody understand, I don't wish that on anybody and I always try my very best to cheer people up and be there for them. I am also very good at creative problem solving, including exploring other peoples problems to come to logical conclusions or courses of action. Until I started talking about all this, and maybe the meds are kicking in, Bipolar prevented me from applying this much to myself. When I think about my own fealings I feel lost and confused. This board has helped me tons with this, it helps to get it in writing and share that writing with people.
The exception to this brings me to my next one: Music. Specifically lyrics. I can't sit down and write a song, rather a song will "pour out of me" at random. I almost never realise what the song is about until much later when I can look back on the lyrics objectionably, and it is usually pretty deep and helps me understand myself. I also often write a song that I think is stupid, corny, boring, etc, then I find it in some random notepad years later and realize it is quite good. Probably my two favorite songs to play with the band are songs I wrote a long time ago, didn't like at all, and now everybody loves them. Interestingly enough they both deal heavily with bipolar ("Here I am again, I'm giving in, I'm giving in, betray my friends to this depression" and "yeah I love my life doin how I do, and sometimes I'm a liar, well how 'bout you?").
Multi-tasking, yep! I multitask a ton. If I get into a groove or get comfortable with an activity I can do it without thinking. One of the most common things I hear after I play a gig is "Man, how do you sing, play guitar, and play harmonica at the same time?" I've had many very experienced musicians tell me that they just can't imagine doing this, and they even have a hard time singing and playing. For me, it is easier to do many things at once than one thing at a time. When I do one thing at a time I think about it too much and it trips me up.
Thanks for a fun post :D