PeteBandel (Street Articles Author)
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I am just like you, well you with a condition that causes me to have extremes in my moods and personalities. I am bipolar, something few understand, many suffer from silently, and many others are wrongly diagnosed. I am classified as mentally ill, but that does in no way diminish the capacity of my understanding, complexity of my thoughts, nor faculties of intelligence. I am more prone to suffer from a mood disorder than an infringement of my mental well-being. I think critically, I ponder expansively, I search existentially, and I learn pragmatically. However, I feel emotions irradically. I love chaotically, I grow tired and bored too easily, I fly towards flights of fancy too readily. I am as grounded as one man can be. Externally, I look polished, processed, non-conflicted, readied for the tasks that come my way. Internally, I am frenzied, reticent, scattered, emotional, lovelorn, unapologetic, stoic, worse-for-wear, calm-in-the-face of danger, full of neuroses, able to stand still with ice-water flowing through my veins, full of kinetic energy, longing for rest, up, down, sideways and so much more.

I am a graduate student, writer, friend, brother, son, lover, uncle, cousin, and all too often "crazy" or "insane" follows all of those statements. That is not the truth though. I simply have a condition that causes me to beat a little off, a little faster or a little slower than you. Like a pace-maker for an irregular heart, there is hope. There are supports, educations, medications and coming-to-terms practices that I have done that have made a stigmatic disease something that is a blessing and an absolute strength. Those that truly care have been those that have saved my life and given it purpose. All of this is for them.

The Issue With Health Care
I am perturbed and frightened. Absolutely beyond a doubt freaked-out. The reason is a matter of something that seems so simple and so absolutely vital, but is being treated with gross inadequacy. The issue that I am talking about is health care. And the medium that I am talking about…
By:  in  Health and Fitness  >  Healthcare Systems   Oct 10, 2012  
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Constant Of the Universe
“Only that which can change can continue: this is the principle by which infinite players live.” -James P. Carse Great quote for what I thinking about now. I am thinking about time, life, and infinity. All of which are connected, introspected, digested, rejected, (lots of ed’s) inspected, re-evaluated, attempted to…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   Oct 07, 2012  
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College Football
In the fall, there are a few things that make the season special. There is Halloween, and spooky scary pursuits. There are leaves of gold, red, brown, and auburn. There are apples to be picked, hot cider to be drunk and first frosts to forebode winters chill a-coming. There is…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Football   Oct 07, 2012  
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