Mama’s Seven Weeks of Weird asks the question:
What is the weirdest thing about you that people don’t usually know?
Well, the answer to that is, I really don’t know. I don’t consider myself ALL that weird, I guess. Sure there were times, back in school when I felt like I was kind of the “weird” one, but it wasn’t so much weirdness as it was just being socially anxious and awkward.
After I accepted that I had bipolar disorder, I thought that made me kind of strange, a little weird. To be mentally ill, in my circle, that was weird. I still every once in awhile today think of all the “weird” things that go along with having bipolar disorder. But then I shrug my shoulders, because that’s just how it is and it’s not going away.
It helps tremendously to be active in the WP mental health blogging community. There is such a sense of togetherness and understanding and compassion. None of these people think you’re being weird, whereas a friend or family member might. Nope, those are called *symptoms*!
For the longest time I thought that my sister thought I was “weird” because of my bipolar. And she kinda did. But she has accepted me now with open arms and there is not a single person inside my circle that doesn’t know I deal with bipolar disorder and there is not a single person in that circle who belittles me for it. As it should be, and as I wish it for everyone.
We are all just people, weird or not. I’m very thankful that I could overcome my “weirdness” and just be this super-cool chick who happens to have bipolar disorder. Life is much more fun that way.
And that lovely and large and purple section at the top is thanks to a quick HTML course taught to me by Bradley of Green Embers. Yay for Bradley! (it’s actually easier than you might think!)