Perspective Is Everything

‘Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift’.

Mary Oliver

It was the existentialist philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard. who once famously said ‘Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards’. And so it is with Bipolar Disorder; we can only see clearly, and appreciate the lessons learned, in retrospect.

For many, seeing this insidious illness as a ‘gift’, is a step too far.  Nonetheless, there are surely moments of insight and learning that we can relate to? Surviving and thriving with a mental illness can motivate others; it can give us a degree of empathy and understanding that cannot be taught or bought.  Perspective is everything.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s