“We steer the boat of our lives into healing and recovery.”@CombatstressVet on Twitter March 26, 2021
When I read that sentence, I immediately thought of the name of this blog, Righting The Ship. I thought how that sentence perfectly captured why I chose that name. Righting The Ship is about weathering storms, about correcting the list towards depression or hypomania caused by those storms. It’s about grabbing hold of the helm and steering the ship towards healing and recovery.
The name is three small words that evoke hope, balance, and future. I can imagine approaching rocky shoals of depression and despair, or the crags of overwhelming hypomania, storm-tossed, yet seeing the lighthouse warning ahead, directing me to the safer path. It prevents me from capsizing, from sinking into oblivion.
I admit I did think of being clever with the name, calling the blog Writing the Ship. This, I felt captured the importance of writing to my healing. But that clever name, perhaps too clever, diminished the image I had in mind of the tall ship, battered and wind-tossed, alone, desolate, struggling to remain upright and afloat. This lone ship is me, finding a way to prevail through my illness, my bipolar II.
That lone ship is YOU as well. You prevail, just as I do. You find a way to weather your own storms, right the lists of your own ship.
Bipolar II is difficult to navigate, but not impossible. There are ways to manage, to steer. It’s incumbent on us to share how we manage, how we steer. In Righting The Ship, I try to do this, for you and for me. Together, we can manage the storms of Bipolar II Disorder.
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