#77 Your story is strongSep 10, 2020
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Are some people naturally strong? Do they have some invisible building blocks that others don’t have? Or do they have a stable childhood that helped them? Or maybe they had to reshape their lives around the adversity of a tough upbringing? The source(s) of inner strength is a subject that’s been thoroughly dissected.
Regardless, when it comes to living a new life that includes a bipolar disorder, strength is a necessary ingredient for longterm success. Whether you’re looking to rebuild relationships, make new ones, or figure out how you’re going to earn enough money without driving yourself crazy—no matter what you seek, you have to be strong.
That’s why today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast urges you to write a new story, so that the ending of that tale is far better than the beginning. As it turns out, all you can do to mess this up is to remain isolated and away from community. Mike takes his time to share stories of vulnerability, demonstrating that the rewards of having community far outweigh the risk of being hurt.
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- In this new world of pandemics and recessions and threats, being strong is a prerequisite to having peace and confidence.
- No one grows strong in a vacuum-sealed environment of isolation. Strength is not in individualism. Strength is found in belonging to a community.
- You must “ignite” your interest in dealing with the ongoing effects of bipolar disorder, so that the end of your story turns out better than the beginning.
Lifer Discussion Guide
Use the questions in today’s Lifer Guide to help you out with any sticking points you may have toward getting help for your mental health.
“Lifers” are special people who have unwavering faithfulness. This assures you that they’ll stick around through all the highs and lows that are normal for a life with mental health challenges. If you haven’t nominated a lifelong family member or friend as part of your non-medical support team, what are you waiting for? :-)
1) Generally speaking, do you consider yourself to be a strong person? / What makes you say that?
2) Can you think of a recent event where you were forced to grow stronger? / What happened and what did you do?
3) Has your story about living with bipolar gotten better since your first diagnosis? / What do you think contributed to this?
Join the Tribe!
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! There’s quite a few people who are also taking a new step in their mental health. And we’d love for you to share your story with us when you’re ready. So don’t miss out!
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