Okay, actually, I don’t love either of them. I tolerate football, (at best) for my Dad and my husband, and I am passionate about mental illness–you know, because I have one.
Either way, step aside JJ Watt (it’s been a bad few weeks for the Texans anyways, guys). I have a new favorite player. Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears wore green cleats in a game on October 10, 2013 in honor and support of Mental Health Awareness Week.
And as if that wasn’t enough…
The NFL fined Marshall $10, 500 for violating uniform and equipment rules. I’m not upset that he was fined, really. The NFL’s gotta do what the NFL’s gotta do. It’s Brandon Marshall’s response to it that I absolutely love so much I can’t handle it. Not only did he pay the $10,500 fine–he matched it, and made a donation!
Good work, buddy.
And what did he have to say about his stigma bustin’ act? He Tweeted. This sums it up completely. This is what it’s all about.
“This fine is nothing compared to the conversation started & awareness raised.”
Someone needs to embroider this on a jersey for the man.
“Football is my platform, not my purpose”
Gotta love a person using their platform–FOR their purpose.
Job well done, my friend,
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*waves* Not much going on out this way. I continue to be all sorts of lacking in spoons, but this is counterbalanced between general good mood. So yanno, I can’t complain overly. As I often say — it could always be worse. But as many of us know, the downside of being up (but not too up!) is a dearth of things to say. I’m lacking in spoons, but I don’t mind overly.
And now, to drift along accounts, work-style.
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I’ve always found solace in music. My current song of the moment is Demons by Imagine Dragons. I don’t know if I could write a song that expresses how I feel having bipolar that works better than this.
First off, I love the way the video shows what experience each listener has/memory they have as they listen to the song. And don’t even get me started on the end- I get so verklempt. But the lyrics are what get me. The fear I have in regards to having a relationship despite being bipolar is captured in the lines “don’t wanna let you down/but I am hell bound/though this is all for you/don’t wanna hide the truth”. The chorus of “don’t get too close, it’s dark inside it’s where my demons hide” hits so close to home when it comes to my often self-imposed loneliness.
I am sure we all fear we aren’t good/pretty/smart/funny/rich enough for our partners. It’s a fear that eclipses any human category that exists. The desire to be everything our partner needs (as well as needing so much in return) is so poignantly voiced with “your eyes they shine so bright/ I wanna save that light/ I can’t escape this now/unless you show me how”.
The song (as far as I know) was not written about mental illness, but it sure does fit well with the way I feel most days. I love the universality of music, the way lyrics written by one or two people can speak for the emotions of millions. I definitely find music to be therapeutic in a sense. It can give me hope, provide me with a release, help me to cry, cheer me up and it always expresses my mood, no matter where I am bipolar-wise.
Is there a song that you truly love? that defines a time in your life or a struggle you faced/overcame? Please share it in the comments!
Filed under: Self Discovery Tagged: bipolar, Demons, fear, Imagine Dragons, love, music, relationships, therapy