There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
– Edith Wharton
The day after my daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I went into her bedroom to see if she was awake yet. I sat down on her bed and she sleepily said, “Is everything okay? You look like someone has died.”
My daughter didn’t understand the impact of her diagnosis. And evidently, neither did I.
It is difficult for me to imagine, the pure hell my daughter was going through living with un-diagnosed and untreated bipolar disorder. I will leave that part of the story for her to tell. I could never tell it correctly.
However, I can help by telling my experiences as the mother of a child diagnosed with having bipolar disorder. Parents of newly-diagnosed children need to hear encouraging words. I sure wish I had.
“Anything that costs you more hours of effort or worry that it brings you hours of enjoyment is a candidate for downsizing.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Many years ago, I was watching Barbra Streisand on TV. She was talking about selling personal items, as well as her exquisite home, all in the name of downsizing to simplify and clear her life.
But now, downsizing isn’t just for celebrities any more. Hey … we did it! Well, actually we had no choice.
Many things in our lives had changed since Bob was forced into early retirement. It sure would have been helpful to have some warning, so we could have made more fitting financial decisions. But when you expect to work until age 70, and are unexpectedly forced to retire at age 58, financial plans are sure to go awry. Had we had some warning, we would have made different financial decisions all along, but this was not the case.
“Bipolar disorder, it’s a challenge. But it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”
– Carrie Fisher
During the late spring of 1977, my boyfriend and I joined countless others in going to see “Star Wars.” I was mostly entertained by the whimsical nature of the film, especially the famous bar scene. And I did enjoyed seeing Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, a beautiful and fearless heroine — a rarity for box office fare, back then.