I love being a creative person who makes art.
I don't love having bipolar disorder (Actually I don't have bipolar. Check out this new blog)
One thing that is interesting is that sometimes these very different things actually complement one another.
When I'm "on top of the world" I am not at my most creative.
When I'm feeling "low" or "unstable" that's when some of my most creative work originates.
I don't always like this but I do respect and understand that it's important to tap into this "disorder" in a positive way without cynicism and negative thoughts.
It's who I am. I'm ok with it.
I could even go as far as to credit my bipolar with lending me the tenacity, inspiration and sometimes pain needed to be a successful artist and generally a "good" human.
To learn more about creativity and bipolar check out some of my work at Broken Light Collective.
You can also check out this article from Healthline.com entitled: Creativity: The Upside of Bipolar Disorder
Here is an email I received from another photographer with bipolar this past week:
"I was watching a commercial about medication for people with BiPolar disorder. A lady was in the commercial taking pictures. That prompted me to search Google for BiPolar and Photography. I came across your page. I cried. I was diagnosed with BiPolar many years ago, but I swept it under the rug, and I too have always had to "keep it together". Photography has always been an outlet for me. I love organizing, being creative, listening to music, etc. I'm so glad that I'm not alone. You inspire me, and it's cool that you are from NC too. Macro Photography is my "thing" and many people have told me that I have an "eye" for photography, but to me, it's way more than that. It's healing, it's been my saving grace. Thank you for reading."