When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder there were so many thoughts going through my mind. I remember feeling confused, hurt, angry and scared. I didn’t want to be mentally ill and wasn’t sure what would become of my future.
It took a great amount of time to work through these issues in therapy. I began to understand that my problems are real and that it would be up to me to create change. I then started a long road of slow and steady progress towards rehabilitation.
One lesson I continue to remember is to accept myself and understand that I am unique. There is no magical description that identifies who I am. I share with others that they don’t have to label themselves and fit perfectly in anyone’s version of who they are supposed to be.
I have grown to trust that God created all of us as unique and different. I chose a long time ago to stop trying to fit into my version of what I thought others wanted. I now teach others to learn to authentically love themselves and not feel fear being themselves. You were created and are perfect exactly as you are!