I had a fantastic day today, and I am not manic, just in a good mood.
I hope you are all doing well.
And, I found out that one of my favorite classmates is going to be in my summer course too, so that is pretty cool. She is five years older than me and I LOVE not being the oldest person in the class! I am very glad now that I signed up for that summer foreign policy course. I am actually looking forward to it. Yesterday sucked, but I am in a better mood today. My therapist thought we had a good session today. She is a wonderful therapist; I like her a lot. I wasn't so sure about that when I had to get a new therapist, because you never know what you're going to get (therapy is like a box of chocolates), but she is really quite stellar at therapy. And she laughs at all my jokes.
So I wanted to tell you I am having a good day despite my lousy time yesterday. And I am most certainly not manic, just happy the semester is over and I did well. I have one test to take and then I'm done! Woohoo.
Also, NAMI Pinellas - my NAMI affiliate - is going to be starting a program at the community college I attended (I graduated from there in December, 2010), and they have asked me to help spearhead it. I will be getting trained at some point in the future to run a support group for students. I'm aware that I can't take on too many extra responsibilities because I generally lack the time and energy to do everything that I want to do, and I'm also running for a seat on the NAMI Pinellas Board of Directors because they asked me if I would be interested in doing that and encouraged me to do it. So that is pretty good. I have good support from NAMI. The people there are like my second family - only, they're not as dysfunctional as my real family (even though everybody has a family member with a mental illness or has a mental illness themselves in NAMI). So I just thought I would share that with you. In June I will be speaking at the next Crisis Intervention Team training, and this month they published a letter I wrote in the NAMI Pinellas newsletter. I think it's important that people do what they can to reduce stigma and create awareness, and I feel better about myself and my life, and the world in general, when I try to do things like that. I would encourage everybody with a mental illness who lives in the United States to look up your local NAMI affiliate and get involved, as well as everybody who has a family member with mental illness (and those of us who fit into both of these categories, of course).