I was diagnosed and have been given the labels of bipolar 1 disorder with mixed episodes and ultradian rapid cycling, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Personality Disorder.

However, these labels are not printed on my forehead, printed on a label or a tag I pin to my clothing each morning to show society that I have a mental illness or bipolar disorder diagnosis and a so-called label.

Bipolar disorder is an invisible illness.

I have no uniform to wear to show you I have bipolar disorder.

There is no uniform that shows you I am on disability, but that I graduated with honors from college and taught Special Education for over ten years before my bipolar disorder symptoms became too severe to teach or even work for many years of my life.

There is no uniform to let you know when you see me and talk to me that I have lived in three different homeless shelters and been homeless for over three months.

There is no uniform to wear to show you how much pain I am enduring within myself sometimes at particular moments in time.

There is no uniform to wear to show you that it can be nearly impossible for me to get out of bed some mornings.

There is no uniform to wear to show you that I actually had suicidal ideations last night, but still I live and I survived and I overcame those severely painful, intense, deep dark dangerous morbid thoughts once again.

I have no uniform to wear to show you I have bipolar disorder and even if I did I would never wear it.

I have bipolar Disorder, but I do not wear my bipolar disorder.

Bipolar is a part of me, but it is not me.

My bipolar has helped create me and form me into the person I am today and I have finally learned to love who I have become, differences and all.

In fact, I accept and embrace my bipolar disorder, mental illness, my uniqueness, beautiful flaws and my differences.

Every person in the world is different. No two people are exactly alike. What makes you different is what makes you beautiful.

Every person in the world is uniquely and beautiful made by God.

Beauty comes from the uniqueness of our differences, the positive qualities and content of our character and the beauty and love within our hearts.

Our differences are not flaws at all.

Beauty comes from the uniqueness of our flaws.

Imperfections are beautiful, creating the uniqueness of our own beauty.

Differences make us unique and strong showing our courage, strength and perseverance to continue on despite our obstacles and struggles we face each morning and each moment of each and every day.

Remember this…

“If you are thinking like everyone else, then you are not thinking.” ~unknown

“Don’t be afraid of being different, be afraid of being the same as everyone else.” ~unknown

How boring and mundane life would be if we were all the same.

Let us all celebrate our differences.

Our differences are beautiful and necessary.

Our differences can and will change the world and positively impact the future.

“You can only make a difference, if you are different.” ~Rick Warren

We have to be different to make a difference in the world. We have to be different to know what changes need to be made and to know how to make changes occur.

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” ~Coco Chanel

If you are the same as everyone else, you can easily just be replaced by another person.

However, if you are different and have unique and special qualities that make you an important, influential, inspirational and knowledgeable person than there is no way you can be replaced by anyone.

You are unique and special and needed and valuable to this great big world and to everyone in it.

“Don’t be afraid of being different, be afraid of being the same as everyone else.” ~unknown

We need to celebrate our differences.

Our differences are beautiful and necessary.

Our differences can and will positively influence, impact and change the world and our future forever.

Be different. Be that change.

Life would be so boring and bland,

if we were all uniform and the same.

Life would be so boring and bland,

if we all wore the same uniform.

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