Over three years ago when I first started blogging, I never shared my blog post on Facebook, I had not given a talk on mental illness and I was a ways from living well. I was still angry I had been dealt the Bipolar card and I was struggling to accept myself.
I wanted desperately to feel apart of a community. It meant something to me to be involved in helping other people. I had a vision for what I wanted my life to look like, but getting there was a ways off.
Now, a month away from launching my book “Bipolar Disorder, My Biggest Competitor,” I can honestly say my vision has become a reality. I feel free from all the baggage from the past. I have learned to accept myself and all the things I am proud of and all the things I am not.
I love helping other people learn about mental illness and I enjoy the mental health first aid classes I teach. This week I’m teaching a group of principals. I’m excited to continue shedding light on mental illness.
But what has changed for me in the past few months is that I now have a drive to also have some fun. I realized more aspects of myself were coming to life. I’ve been spending more time outdoors and really loving it. Things have been coming together and I’ve felt blessed.
When I wrote that blog post three years ago about recovery-this is the life I had imagined. I’m more than grateful I get to live the dream. And excited to say recovery is possible and living well is a realistic dream.
I love it when things work out the way I imagined they could.