Earth – but not quite how we know it or pretend it to be.
Hi, my name is Russell Webster and today I would like to share something with you. Like so many other people in the world I have been hiding something from those who know me and those who I have met along my travels. Now, I have simply reached a stage in my life where putting on a pretence is simply NOT working all the time any more. Time for some honesty.
They say that approximately one third of the population are, to some degree or other gay. Well, I am here to tell you that is not what I am coming out of the closet about. This is not my secret. Not that it would matter anyway.
No, it is something completely different.
What a lot of people don’t know is that, at any one time, one in three people are suffering from some kind of Mental Illness. That ranges from the severe, where hospitalisation is needed, to the less severe such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, HSP (highly sensitive person) disorder and a whole raft of other personality disorders and then there is bi-polar disorder. It was once referred to as manic depression, which had a totally unfair connotation.
And this is where I come out of the closet and finally admit that I suffer from bi-polar disorder and have done since my early twenties. For those of you who have never really heard of bi-polar it can sound a bit spooky so let me try and simplify it. As it sounds, it is like the two poles – the high pole in the north and the low pole in south. They are some apart some 12,416 miles as the crow flies and about 7900 straight through the middle of the earth.. Most importantly they are opposites. Call them high and low. Now, where it takes an age to travel from the high pole to the low pole, with bi-polar sufferers they can swing from a high mood to a low mood, sometimes in seconds even. When someone with bi-polar is on a high they feel that they can conquer the world but when they are on a low they can become almost unable to even crawl out of bed. Many feel suicidal when they in a severe down phase of bi-polar.
It is a condition that is both a curse and a blessing. Some people even refer to bi-polar as the genius disease. Here are a few famous people who suffered or suffer from this – Sir Winston Churchill, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Abraham Lincoln. Robbie Williams, Russell Brand, Frank Bruno, Richard Dreyfus, Ray Davies, Mel Gibson, Ernest Hemingway, Florence Nightingale, Sinead O’Connor, Ozzy Osbourne, Nina Simone, Virginia Woolf, Brian Wilson, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, Axl Rose and Brian Wilson. Then there is the inimitable, most talented, most extraordinary of bi-polar sufferers of current times, the erudite and wildean Stephen Fry.
I could go on and I think it might shock you.
Now, here is the rub. The saying goes that there is a fine line between genius and madness. Never was this truer when it comes to bi-polar sufferers.
Being bi-polar can be very difficult to live with in more ways than one because living with someone who is bi-polar must be equally as hard, especially if it goes undiagnosed. The same applies to many other conditions that I have written about in my recently published book – Snafu (that’s S N A F U). You have to know what you have before you can treat it. Bi-polar can be treated naturally as well as with medication but it takes huge willpower and discipline. The most important thing you can do, in my opinion, not just for b—polar and any depression related illness, but for your overall bodily health, is to give your body and brain chemicals a fighting chance by alkalising your system and drinking a lot more of the right type of water. Yes, water – alkaline water.
The second most important thing you can do is admit it – to yourself and to those close to you. That applies to a lot of things. It is better out there in the open than bottled up inside.
I will be blogging and audio blogging quite a bit in the future and covering a wide range of issues that affect people’s lives. Just sign up on my facebook page or at russellwebster.net. The main emphasis will always be on mental health and mental wealth. I am a great believer that you are not stuck with who you are.
The distance between the North Pole and the South Pole “as the crow flies” is around 20,014 kilometres, or 12,416 miles.
If it was possible to travel directly through the earth, it would be 12,800km or 7900 miles.