I just got the domain mapped today and figure I should leave a comment of some kind to “mark the day”. Every time you create a new WordPress site it asks you for a tagline. The title of this post is the first thing that came to mind when I was asked. I’m not sure how long it will stay around but it will do for now.
It’s not an illness…
I just looked up the definition of two words. Illness and mental illness. I didn’t do anything fancy. They’re the first things that came up in Google.
a disease or period of sickness affecting the body or mind.
a condition which causes serious disorder in a person’s behavior or thinking.
I’m certain I’m not the only person with a “mental illness” who takes issue with the word illness. Bipolar disorder in many ways isn’t an illness. Often times it’s a gift! Sometimes it’s an illness. Always it’s… me.
Illness feels like something you try to get rid of, something you don’t want. I have no idea what getting rid of bipolar would mean! What does curing it look like?! It’s not something that gets cured or something you get rid of. It’s a part of you. Something you live with. A way of life. Right?
It’s like being a woman, or a man, or African American, or Native American, or… or… or… There is no curing being Black or being a woman. It’s what you are and you deal with it.
The name, “Being Bipolar”. That actually came from a time when Facebook likes showed up somewhere as “Casey likes Being Bipolar”. It was a cool name for a Facebook page that other people on Facebook thought was pretty cool as well. I guess I’ll start doing something with it now. 🙂
I like being bipolar (I have to!)