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I’ve decided to only do Questions on weekdays. I just don’t have time on the weekends, plus my computer has been dead this week. This way I can do the Questions before I leave work.
Do you feel supported by friends and family?
Friends, yes, family… not so much. I’ve always felt different, the odd one out in my family. I’ve never felt understood as a child and, after being diagnosed with bi-polar, I felt even more at odds. My family doesn’t understand the bi-polar and I’m not even sure they made any attempt to understand. Maybe, they did, but with the issues from 2016, everything seemed to fall apart. They didn’t understand that the medicine mix-up changed me both at the time and forever. Every time I felt like I was back to myself, I realized later that I hadn’t been back. I’ve come to realize that some mental abilities are not going to come back. Multi-tasking, for instance.
No more multi-tasking. Thus no more horseback riding. I just can’t focus on all the different aspects at once. Also, I don’t have the attention span I once possessed.
I self-published a book of poetry and gave one to my sister, father and aunt. Not one of them ever said a word about it afterwards. The same with the piece I read at my mother’s funeral. No one in the family said a word. Many others at the funeral did speak to me about the piece.
I don’t mean to be whining, just trying to give examples of how and why I don’t feel supported by my family.
Maybe they do understand more than I think, but it doesn’t help if I feel misunderstood. Or maybe, it’s just me being paranoid.