Reading about other people’s struggles with addictions and journeys into recovery can be inspiring, especially if the person is someone you admire, such as a favorite celebrity. One person who comes to mind is the late actress Carrie Fisher, who was forthcoming about her lifelong battle with mental health issues and substance abuse. Her wit and humor have inspired countless people struggling to overcome mental illness and addictions. This article leads with a quote from the beloved actress who will forever be remembered as the young and beautiful Princess Leia. This is from her book Wishful Thinking.
One of the things that baffles me (and there are quite a few) is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls. Not unlike a tour of Afghanistan (though the bombs and bullets, in this case, come from the inside). At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.
During the summer months, plenty of bright sunshine and longer days can help people struggling with seasonal depression. But summer is also a time when people throw caution to the wind as alcohol-fueled barbecues, picnics, outdoor music festivals and other fun activities abound. This can spark relapse in those recovering from alcohol or drug use. Here are 10 to help inspire you on the path of recovery this summer, including a few from literature.
“Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.” ~ Hosea Ballou
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ~ Charles Bowden
“Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.” ~ Mario Fernández
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” ~ Helen Keller
“Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” ~ Van Morrison
“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James
“Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ~ Pablo Neruda (100 Sonnets)
“Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness.” ~ Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist)
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)