Put your big girl panties on and deal with it.

When I was 3 or 4 years old I developed a lovely signature fashion statement. I would put my hair into two pigtails and then put a pair of my underwear on top of my head and pull my pigtails through the leg holes. Obviously I balanced that striking look out with layers upon layers of plastic necklaces, but that’s not the point here.

At 23 years old I may not run around with underwear on my head, but I have kept that outside the box mentality. We’ve all heard the phrase “put your big girl panties on and deal with it.” As someone with bipolar disorder, I have a lot to “deal” with, and I rarely get a break from it. I do what I can to deal with it all and get by. At times it may seem erratic, counter-intuitive, or just plain crazy, but I am okay with that. I deal with it all in my own way, and that’s the only way I know how. The strength I have gained and the coping mechanisms I have developed are 23 years in the making.

I am not asking you to leave the house with undergarments on your head, but do what you can to stay strong and give yourself as much relief as possible. I can’t stress enough the importance of a strong support system, but at the end of the day it is just you and yourself in your head. So be there for yourself and take care of yourself, no matter how dumb you think you look or how crazy you think you’re looking to others.

I’m crazy, and I’m okay with it.