Today I spoke at a conference about bipolar disorder and how you can live a full life in spite of it. In fact because of it. It all depends on your perspective. For most bipolars, the disorder has cost us something, like a career, a marraige, sanity even. But today I want to tell you the truth, bipolar can buy you something! If it wasn’t for my bipolar I’d be a very rich successful engineer, but I’d be a brat, unwise, self-centered and mostly full of pride. Bipolar has made me the opposite, and to me, character is worth more than possessions. So in my case my bipolar is a curse some days, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a blessing. It has pushed me into my passion which is to encourage people through writing and it has brought me closer to God than what I would have ever been had the bipolar not happened. My family is closer to each other and I get to inspire people by just living my life. What more could a girl want? It’s easy to think of where we would have been in our lives by now if it wasn’t for the bipolar, but reflect on who you would have been? Would you have been as strong as you are now? As compassionate? As wise? I know I’d be another type of crazy by now, so to me the bipolar is a burden I’m willing to carry. Love


8 thoughts on “Useful

  1. Jess Melancholia says:

    Bipolar has definitely pushed me to the limits of my strength. It’s ingrained in me and my personality so I can help but say it’s not just a curse but a blessing as well. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it.

  2. BipolarOnFire says:

    Being Bipolar has taken away my career and my ability to make money and buy possessions, but it’s given me so much in the way of experiences with the people I love. It’s good to remember that life is not all about the things we can acquire. On my deathbed, I’m not going to say “I’m glad I got that couch.” I WILL say “I’m glad I spent all that quality time with my parents” and similar sentiments.

  3. barefeetandblankets says:

    I would still have been compassionate and determined but nowhere near as compassionate, strong and determined as I now am with bipolar

    • charlotte Wessels says:

      It all depends on your character I think. Someone once said that suffering will either make you push God away or seek him out. So it is with bipolar in a way it will either make us stronger or weaker, it’s our choice.

  4. journeyupward says:

    How beautiful. You are truly blessed. Having bipolar has made me more sensitive to people who are ill. I used to be afraid of people with mental illness. Finding out I have bipolar made me research it and other mental illnesses and I now have compassion and a heart for the mentally ill. It amazes me how God uses everything for His glory when we let Him lead the way. It isn’t always easy, but he goes through it with us. Thanks for sharing.

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