Yes, I’m still an author here!!!! I know it’s been a while since I have written, but in that time (I’ve been off work), I have had a lot of time to think…..and think some more…..and then rethink all that I thought about. Ruminating thoughts seem to be a pretty common characteristic of those who have bipolar disorder, at least among those that I have had the opportunity to connect with. So while I was thinking, I was also doing some writing and not just blogging, but trying some other forms of writing that some friends encouraged me to try. I don’t know how those efforts will turn out yet, but it made me also examine the other things in my life that provide me an outlet and some solace when my symptoms or my cycles have gotten the best of me (such as right now).
So what are those things? Well, listening to music and dancing are top on the list. The lyrics of the music really touch me emotionally and certain songs have melodies that give me goosebumps. Its almost as if I feel the music running through me. Dancing makes me feel the same way. I like to scrapbook and I write poetry, I even paint and work with pastels on occasion. All of those activities make me feel so much better and make me feel alive and inspired. Everything related to my creativity.
So then I began to look at some of my friends who have bipolar disorder and some of their occupations or activities. I noticed that a number of them are either artists, authors, or musicians. I have read a lot of articles linking bipolar disorder to creativity (and all this time I thought it was the whole left brained, right brained, I’m left handed so I’m creative theory). Do all of us bipolarees have this creative spark deep down?
Is there fact to these articles, or have I just become a statistical abnormality in being surrounded by people who support the articles? As we start off this weekend, lets hear from you. What are YOUR creative abilities?