This is my response to MacAddict’s comment on my last entry:

No, I am not “bipolar”, but thanks for asking.

If you read more than a few of my entries, you’ll see that I am extremely thankful for the good things in my life. I don’t have a “crisis of the day”, but like many people, there are periods in which things are less than optimal, and I write about them, just like I write about the wonderful things. After all, this is my journal. I never pretended it to be otherwise.

What’s interesting to me is that you thought it both appropriate and important to leave a comment — not “trying to rip into me”, of course — expressing your dissatisfaction with my portrayal of my own emotional state. Why do you read this journal, then? If it’s to watch someone deconstruct her own life for your own schadenfreude, then by all means. But if you want to participate in a discussion with me, you’re going to have to do better than your last comment. You’re not the first to criticize me because of the things I choose to share here, and you won’t be the last. Why not try to transcend the dimestore diagnoses and actually connect with me? I bet it will be more fulfilling for you.

You might also want to look up the psychiatric definition of “bipolar”, too. I am neither manic nor depressive, just a person with normal, healthy mood-swings, figuring out her own life.


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