I’ve been called all sorts of names, crazy, unstable or even psycho because I have a mental illness.
Too many people these days are abusive towards people with mental health issues. They see them as weak, vulnerable, incompetent or incapable. They really lack understanding of mental illnesses and what they truly are.
These people take advantage of people’s weak points and use your mental illness against you. They say you will never amount to much. That you will never achieve your goals. They belittle your dreams. They say sarcastic things and then say “just joking.”
I’ve walked away from many people because their attitude towards me stinks. It is just something you have to do these days.
Now I try and surround myself with positive people who lift me up. Those people who I see achieving success in life are my role models. I’m not just talking about financially I’m also talking about spirituality.
Some people who read this blog will know I follow Hebrew law, statues and commandments. I find that many people in my faith are highly judgemental of people like me. Sometimes I feel like I lack acceptance because I suffer with bipolar.
So now I’m focusing on the positive people within my faith and also in business circles who accept me. I delete people from my life who don’t want to be respectful or kind towards me. These people offer me nothing at all.
So follow your heart. Do the things that make you smile. Network and talk to people from different walks of life. Read books. Meditate and exercise regularly. Do those things that you love doing and forget about your mental illness for a while.
You are responsible for the choices you make in life. Don’t let others dictate to you what you can and can’t do. Life is not a dress rehearsal it is the real thing. So make sure you are real and authentic and just be yourself.
Don’t dwell on the past, move forward. The past is the past. It’s ancient history. You will become stronger and more confident in yourself with time. As you grow you will blossom into a beautiful butterfly and experience so much joy.
So forget the stigma, keep just being you, your true self and don’t pretend to be someone you are not. If people are for you they will not leave you based on the fact that you have a mental illness. The real ones will stay and help you work through things and navigate your way through life.