Surviving with Bipolar Disorder, dual addictions, and a host of maladaptive coping mechanisms ingrained into me from birth necessitated that I become exceptionally resilient.
It wasn’t for the purpose of reaching the temporal goals of success, achievement, accumulation of material wealth, acclaim, adoration, or awards.
My resilience was birthed from a need to survive in what was a hostile, alien world when my maladies were untreated. And it continues to strengthen and grow in response to my desire to thrive and to grow spiritually.
Were it not for resilience, the Higher Power of my Understanding, and a host of good people who helped me along in my journey, I wouldn’t be here. And I wouldn’t be living, and continuing to strive for, a meaningful, spiritually centered life.