What do you think you’re good at because you’re bipolar?
There have actually been studies done to prove that those with mental illnesses, particularly bipolar disorder, have a greater chance of being highly artistic. Many famous writers and artists have suffered from a mental illness. (ie Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, Michelangelo, Virginia Woolf, Patty Duke, Van Gogh, Beethoven, and so many more.
Needless to say, I think those with mental illnesses are very likely to be artistically talented in one way or another.
As many of you already know, I’m an aspiring novelist. I’ve been writing since I could pick up a crayon. I wish I’d have explored this talent further way earlier in life, but what ya gonna do?
Anyone who knows me personally knows that my second greatest love in the artistic field is singing. The reason I didn’t pursue writing at an earlier age is because I was too busy singing. I’ve sang in choirs, at graduations, weddings, funerals, cantered during masses (For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, I led the congregation during church) and I’ve even been a karaoke DJ. (Best job EVER) Now I probably wouldn’t win American Idol (except for on the X-Box…cuz I’m totally the next American Idol on that!) but I can definitely carry a tune!
Something not many people know about me is that I’m actually pretty good at art. It’s been years since I’ve picked up a colored pencil or a paint brush, but I used to be pretty darn good at it!
It’s therapeutic to be artistic. Music is so stress relieving. Writing is the best way to put your feelings into words. And with art, sometimes there’s no other way to explain your thoughts than through a crazy drawing or painting.
So what about YOU? What are you good at because you are bipolar?