#59 When being ordinary is a battle

empowerment wisdom May 07, 2020




How’s this for a life story: Everywhere you look, you see the possibility of things being different; being better. Whatever you put your hand to has to be 100% original for you to even find satisfaction in the labor. Your style is so curated there’s no way anyone could copy you. And if the crowd is doing one thing, you’d better believe you’re doing another.

Such is life when you’re not satisfied with mass appeal, or your name going on anything that can be duplicated easily. But did you know that part of it could be to blame on having a bipolar disorder? If this is your diagnosis, you might feel the need to be wildly individual at everything. Which is super cool, but it also comes with a price tag.

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares about having to do everything original and how that spends a lot of energy. And it might even make you someone you don’t truly wish to be. When the goal is to put something special into the world, it’s worth tempering all that passion to give more people a taste of what you do!


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  • Sometimes our patterns and preferences have their origins in childhood. If you were an individualist back then, chances are you’re still going strong!
  • In bipolar disorder, which makes for lots of drive, talent, and intellect, it can be an all-out battle to have an ordinary existence and daily life.
  • How you channel your talent affects how people will receive it. Having humility is a wonderful trait that provides people with more access to you, which is quite good for your mental health.


Lifer Discussion Guide

Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to help you talk out the subject of being ordinary, and whether or not that’s a helpful goal for you.

“Lifers” are special people who have the kind of faithfulness that assures you they’re going to be there when called upon. If you haven’t nominated a Lifer as part of your non-medical support team, what are you waiting for? :-)


The Questions

1) How did you react when you heard the story of Mike on the playground? / Were there any hints of your current personality back then when you were a kid?

2) Is there anything in your daily life where you resist being a “cookie cutter” kind of person?

3) What’s your take on developing humility? / Is this something that’s natural for you, or more difficult?

4) Where is one area where you can be extraordinary? / What is something you want to be known for being great at?


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Once you’ve had a chance to talk or journal about these things you might have a question from this episode. If so make sure you head on over to The Bipolar Now Podcast Group on Facebook! We all have extraordinary abilities and the need to balance our egos, so we’d love for you to share your experience with us. So don’t miss out!


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