“I compare myself with my former self, not with others. Not only that, I tend to compare my current self with the best I have been, which is when I have been mildly manic. When I am my present “normal” self, I am far removed from when I have been my liveliest, most productive, most intense, most outgoing and effervescent. In sort, for myself, I am a hard act to follow.”
― Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
I am currently participating in the Blogging101 course offered through WordPress.com. We have been challenged with the assignment of writing a post to our dream reader and I must admit, I am having a bit of a difficult time. However, I am going to try my best.
My dream reader would probably have to be Kay Redfield Jamison. Her book, An Unquiet Mind, provided me with great solace when I was first diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Her book spoke to me on so many different levels. She is a true professional and has taken her diagnosis in stride, going on to serve as a professor of psychology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
I don’t aspire to be her, given that I don’t have a PhD in psychology, however, I admire her for foraging on and not letting her diagnosis hamper her ability to live, work, and find success. That is something with which I have been struggling–finding work and maintaining a professional career.
Perhaps my break was worse than hers, but I doubt it. Everyone has his or her own struggles with this disorder. I just happen to have a spotty resume, having been out of work for so long, only to have worked for a few months here and there. I will have success eventually. I believe this to be true.
If I can’t have Dr Jamison as my dream reader, I want my dream reader to be someone who finds solace in my words–to know that they are not alone with his or her experiences. Someone has been there before, I have been there before. Maybe not in the same capacity, but I know what it means to have a huge, life changing diagnosis fall into her lap. I hope to help someone who struggles with life.
They don’t have to have Bipolar Disorder. They don’t have to have a disorder at all. Just someone, anyone, who can identify with my written word. Starting a new blog has been a huge undertaking for me. It is my platform for making sense of what actually happened to me. Perhaps that is conceited and maybe I am writing for myself, but I am trying to keep others in mind as I write my story. It feels good to put it out there…The response I have received in just the past week since I started Slippery Alligator Dream has been huge.
I’m glad you are here. Whoever you are and from where ever you come. Welcome. And, if you are Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, I am truly humbled that you have found this small blog. You made an impact on my recovery.