To Stand Up and to Make a Difference.
I thought that time was a long time ago and isn’t that what we should be doing all the time?
Eh.. well we could go there or we can go on and I think the time has come to move on from things we have not accomplished in the past.
Oh, like you didn’t know that was coming? On you really, but you are here now and I say pull up a chair get comfy and open your mind. Or don’t.
The choice is yours as always, but I say you are better off staying. Just my thought.
Let’s move on though because I have finally realized, it is time to say it. That which I have tried to figure out and formulate for quite some time is finally, at least , comprehensible to me in a way I can not imagine why it wasn;t before, and can only hope I am able to put forth my thoughts in a way that has you saying…
Well .. .. duhhhh.
As if you already thought of that and I am last to know.
Then I know I have started the ball rolling, greased the wheels and there is a chance, we can make a difference for real.
I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but I got it now, and while I could enlighten you to the whole damn thing, that’s a lot to expect for one post.
Either in me writing it, expecting you to have the same kind of Holy Enlightening Batman!, kinda moment I couldn’t quite get in months, or in the expectation I will feel like making this a dissertation worthy of some big college degree.
I am tired and do not feel the energy upon me to write that much, although I suspect many of you will have no trouble picking up what I put forth to you, I will start smallish.
It is, as you may have noticed by the banner on my spot here in the blogoshere, Mental Illness Awareness Week, one of my favorite awareness weeks because of my love of words and their meanings and because that is what I think I am supposed to be doing. Making people aware, educating the ignorant, advocating for those who do not have the same gift as I to put into words what it is like and what it means to try living everyday meaningfully with a serious mental illness
Except I was spinning my wheels and finally got stuck. Not just me, I think the whole thing has just ground to a halt, and I really hate beating my head against a wall, optimistic or insane, whichever you choose, it just has worn me out.
The ignorant are not paying a bit of attention – that is part of the problem with ignorance. It is the only state where the need to be right is so much the goal and you cannot help someone see the forest if they only believe there is one tree.
Besides they are too busy sharing crap they don’t understand about life in general or making up crap about life that makes not a bit of sense on Facebook and other social media platforms.
I will get to that later …
not later in a few minutes, later next week or never possibly because I am not sure it is worth wasting anymore time, trying to stop that train wreck. It is gonna happen.
In other words, my words are nothing but air to the ones who would benefit greatly from their reading. If they aren’t;t paying attention then how will we ever change the prevalent attitudes of the ignorant and stop the stigma that is so painful and so debilitating, to the mentally ill (among so very many others, groups deemed “different” - I think picking a cause is starting small but this really applies across the board)
Those of us trying to change the world for the mentally ill. or any group really, are preaching to the wrong choir.
We have been going about it the wrong way. Even if we could enlighten the ignorant, the thing I see as more of a problem is, especially in the case of those who have bipolar disorder, how the hell can we expect acceptance and understanding, how can we fight for rights and for treatment, when we don’t understand and accept ourselves with the dysfunction and disorder we are told we have, and deep down because of that don;t feel lke we deserve the same rights as those who are “normal”
The key is still education and showing we are the same just different in not so scary ways, the key is still finding the positive and living it, but the lock those keys will open goes to a door not too many have crossed through.
The one of changing ourselves,
That is all we can do, and if we want to be treated better, and want to have things and stop others from belittling and mistreating us, we have to really truly understand ourselves and change our inner beliefs and values…
that bipolar disorder, and smi, any one thing or bunch of things which separate us from the norms of society, have us doubting and feeling terrible about ourselves, our abilities and our future or make us bad people.
You can;t let someone love you if you don’t love yourself.
You can;t help someone understand and accept you if you don’t understand and accept yourself.
That is where it is going to change, how to make a difference.
I am done preaching to the ignorant, and trying to change the views of society at large, and going to help those who are so lost and afraid, in the dark of their disorder, find their gifts and live lives with meaning and purpose as we all are intended to do. ‘
We are stopped by being told we can’t , I say we can, maybe not the same way but who the hell cares. Whoever decided this group of people were, dysfunctional, only looked through the scope of what is expected of the mentally healthy. The things that are destructive and undesirable with bipolar disorder, are also amazing if instead of being given a diagnosis and a bottle of pills, someone took the time to show them, you, us, how to harness the power and energy that are absolutely positive..
It can be done, it is truth and the only way to change the beliefs held for so long that we are less then, is to know within ourselves we are not, We are more.
We teach people how to treat us, we can;t teach them to treat us better, until we know we are worthy of it. We won’t see we are if no one will show us that what they shove down our throats about bipolar disorder, is crap. There is truth to what they say, no doubt but there is also light they deny exists.
I think the slogan for the week should be..
It Starts in Me..
Just an idea.
Maybe that ought to be the motto for life. Because everything, when we remember that we can not change others, and we teach others how tp treat us, everything we want, no matter what our circumstances, starts within. That’s where if we make a difference, we will see the effects around us.
What do you say?
I say, to your Mental State, whatever it may be.. because this was indeed a moment worthy of it, no?
- Increase Seen in Bipolar Disorder Diagnoses (123mymdblog.com)
- Trying to deal with mental health stigma (talkingaboutbipolar.wordpress.com)
- 10 Facts Everyone Should Know About Bipolar Disorder (doctorbipolar.me)
- How Did Bipolar Disorder Become So Common? (sorendreier.com)
- “Please Join Me In Fighting *STIGMA*~ For People with Mental Illness & in Addiction Recovery” (catherinelyonaddictedtodimes.wordpress.com)