‘Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift’.
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.