The curtain has been opened.
…and this is my show 🤓.
It’s been over 35 years since I have entered the Worlds Greatest Soap Opera – Retail and I have not been honest with all of you that I have worked with.
During those years I was:
👉🏻 Scared, frightened or was it more worried?
I did not know how to suppress all the “wonderful” side effects of being BiPolar to which I did not know I was during that time.
The EXHAUSTION would come on suddenly like a sack of bricks; to which I was unable to move but still pushed on as this was my ‘Job”.
I was continuously worried and SCARED about everything I did as I would second guess my work, overthink a whisper that I overheard thinking it was about me and hoping I could keep up with the pace of the demands of the job.
The CONFUSION part was simple as thinking I was better than I am but not knowing why I could not achieve these standards …or did I 🤔😃😭?
So do you know what I did?
I created a persona and hid myself behind a CURTAIN like the Wizard of Oz and made myself into a character larger than who I actually was.
I kept up this Persona for decades until I realized after being diagnosed being BiPolar that I can no longer be the Man behind the Mask as my energy reserves were nearing empty.
So here I am today.
Still struggling…but now knowing.
Still hiding my symptoms,
but at least I now know why they like to play that game of hide and go seek; and how I can play the game alongside.
But in reality,
Some days are better than others.
But now I know that the woven fabric of a Mental Health opportunity is not your enemy but something that you have to work alongside with, highlight the strengths that come with it and a put out your hand as a peace offering and have a nice firm handshake and agreement.
Drop the mic.
Weight off of my shoulders.
…and the good fight and story continues on for another day.
🙏🙏🏽🙏🏼 𝗣𝘀: 𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗮 ☕ 𝗖𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗲 𝗖𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗰𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝗴𝗲, 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝗳𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗕𝘂𝘆 𝗠𝗲 𝗮 𝗖𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗲 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗜 𝗱𝗼 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗼𝘁𝗵 𝗺𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗦𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀.
Have a PHENOMENAL 🤩 Day.
(Not my best picture below 🤪).