i am a big fan of transparency. i try to be open about what is going on in my life. i try not to hide portions of my life. i try to always let my left hand now what my right hand is doing.
i participated in a writers group. The group mixed people writing for business, pleasure and personal writings. some people wanted to keep the personal writings separate from business writings. they felt like their personal writings my negatively affect what people would think of them and have an adverse affect on their business.
when i had the chance, i would advise them against that. “maybe something personal you wrote would strike a positive chord with someone, and the personal writing my bring you more work.”, i would conjecture. “maybe by showing who know are through your personal writings, connections to more business would occur.”
i really saw no reason to keep personal writings separate from business writing…until now.
too many members of the public know too little above bipolar disorder, or its equally maligned name manic depressive disorder. Their thoughts go to one flew flew over the cuckoo’s nest. or living on some ward wearing pajamas that don’t even cover the backside.
even if their thoughts don’t go that far off the deep end, there is still a level of uncomfortableness with unknown things. too many people know too little about bipolar and are likely to make judgements before knowing the whole story. for that reason, at this time, i am choosing to segregate my bipolar life.
that doesn’t mean it always is going to be that way. i am wise to the ways of the internet and know how to connect bipolar sojourner back to ste… oops, almost let my real identity slip out there.
truth be told, i guess it is partly with me becoming comfortable with my new tag. I hate tags. I have been doing some work recently with get out of your mind and into your life: the new acceptance and commitment therapy by Steven C. Hayes. he would suggest against tagging and would suggest a statement of something along the line that I struggle with bipolar disorder. guess i am still learning and trying to apply ACT.
please understand my anonymity as I get accustomed to this new part of my life.
I totally feel you. There have been times I really wanted to tell my boss that I was having a depressive episode and was having trouble performing. But that’s a frightening idea that could have negative ramifications. I’m even hesitant to ‘come out’ on Facebook. I really want to and I hope to do it maybe even this year. But that’s a really scary leap to take. When it’s out there you can’t take it back. But for now we can find comfort in our own community!
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