Holy cow! I was just reminded by a very dear friend, Sonya over at LeanOnUs.co, that this week the 27th of September is officially Bipolar2Happiness’ 1 year Blogoversary. You should go check out her post on the LeanOnUs blog.
What a great year it has been. I have met a ton of awesome amazing new friends. I have received support to a level I never could have imagined. I am truly blessed by everyone who has visited my blog. There have been ups and downs and some really quiet times for me, especially lately, but every interaction I have with my new friends brings meaning to my life.
There are so many people that are suffering in silence, shamed into silence over an illness. Yep and ILLNESS, and I pray that I can reach some of them to tell them, “You Are Not Alone.” Let go of the shame, you wouldn’t feel shame if you had the flu or cancer or diabetes, so why have it of an illness of the mind? Mental Illness is not being crazy, what’s crazy is that we are expected to live silently and suffer when there is real help out there. Your life can be what YOU want it to be, yes you will work hard on controlling some issues, you may need counseling, medications, to see a doctor regularly but those are a small price to pay for a life and happiness.
It is hard to believe you can be happy and live normally. I know it is because I have been there, wondering why I do what I do what I do feeling different and seriously depressed. Having no dream of a happy life. Then I woke up and realized that life is achievable, for me and others like me. I then set out to learn about me and my illness and how to change my thoughts and my life.
Here I am today, happy and living a good life that I felt I may never have. Yep I worked hard for many years to get to this place, to control what I could, find the right medications, lots of therapy and self improvement. I let the real me forward and loved myself finally and freedom occurred. Total freedom, I don’t know really but I am happy and have accepted the daily work I have to do in my life. The self monitoring, the listening to others when they note to me that I am changing, talking to my doctor and adjusting medications when needed. Taking responsibility for my behavior and that means apologizing when I am out of line or out of control and working to stop it.
Wow that was quite a rant…um I mean speech. Ha! Don’t ever forget you have to laugh at some of the things we do.
Back to the Blogoversary. Truly I wanted to have a celebration and do giveaways etc, but I am not ready for that so maybe next year we will whoop it up! This year I want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you who have been part of my blog and my life this last year. You all mean the world to me.
Oh and I almost forgot, Sonya is right I change my blog more than my…well you know what I Mean.