I was skimming through a book in my home library, A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play by Vivian Gussin Paley, and came across the following quote: "Pretending is the most open-ended of all activities, providing the opportunity to escape the limitations of established rituals. Pretending enables us to ask "What if?"
I, too, believe that "What if?" is a very important question. So...in the context of bipolarity (and life), I pose the following questions.
1. Bipolarity was considered a personality trait rather than a mental illness?
2. Hibernation was okay for humans, so if you were depressed during the winter it wasn't considered a bad thing, rather just part of the natural process?
3. Mood shifts were good, and people whose mood remained the same all the time were considered very boring and, in fact, mentally ill?
4. Being an introvert was considered a more advanced stage of evolution than being an extrovert?
5. Reading about sad things and bad things and feeling depressed about them was considered a strength rather than a weakness?
6. Needing/wanting to work outdoors during the day was considered a terrific quality, and people who chose to remain indoors sitting at desks were scorned?
7. Being honest, productive, and a creative problem-solver were considered to be the most important qualities for promotion?
8. Doing meaningful work that helps people was considered preferable to being an attorney or a CPA?
9. Working in the arts was considered one of the best professions of all?
10. No one could call himself or herself a healer if he/she truly didn't heal others?
What are some of your "what ifs?"