How are you?
I hope you’re feeling fine.
Have you ever heard the expression, “It’s my way or the highway?”
Or heard Frank Sinatra sing, “My Way?”
I’m sure you’ve at least come across people who think that their way is always right.
(Difficult people to deal with, aren’t they?)
We’d all like to have things our own way.
But life just isn’t like that.
You learn very early in life that you can’t get your way sometimes.
Just think about any teenager you know (or have raised)!
They have to do things their parents’ way.
We learn that there are rules that we have to obey – we have to do things the government’s way.
When we work at a job, we have to do things the boss’s way.
If we’re married, we have to get used to sometimes doing things our spouse’s way.
If we’re sick and want to get well, we do things our doctor’s way.
Well, if you have bipolar disorder, you have to do things the bipolar way.
In my courses/systems, I teach you about doing things the bipolar way, and what that consists of.
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
You just can’t do things your own way if you have bipolar disorder.
There are going to be things you have to do that you don’t like.
Like taking medication for the rest of your life.
Or going to see a doctor, psychiatrist and therapist on a regular basis.
Or having to stick to a strict sleep schedule.
Or having to eat healthy.
Or having to exercise.
You might even have to get used to not working.
And having your finances stretched.
But worst of all, you have to get used to having bipolar episodes, and the after-effects of them.
And that, you definitely won’t like.
But learning how to do all these things, and accepting and doing them, is doing things the bipolar way.
It doesn’t mean that your bipolar disorder controls you – in fact, it’s the opposite.
Doing things the bipolar way is respecting the limitations that having the disorder puts on you, and being successful and stable in spite of them.
So, in fact, you are in control of your bipolar disorder instead of it being in control of you.
Although it may be hard to accept at first, having bipolar disorder makes you different from other people, and you may have to get used to that.
Now, I don’t think that’s a bad thing, necessarily, because I have several people who work for me that have bipolar disorder, and they are some of the most intelligent, creative
people I know (even compared to people without the disorder).
But the point is, if you think you can do things your own way, you’re going to find out quickly that your way won’t work.
You have to adjust to the bipolar way.
It means you have to make some lifestyle changes, but these changes will lead to stability for you.
What about you?
Are you still trying to do things your own way?
Do you agree with me about doing things the bipolar way?