Let It Be

Last Updated: 1 Jul 2020
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Hi.  I’m Beth, the new kid here, and I just got my third tattoo.

So what?

This new one I have considered for some time, as I have developed increasing objectivity about myself, tenacity, bipolar, PTSD, and medicine.

{Let it be}

Yes, as in Beatles’ song, and my favorite stanza:

“And when the night is cloudy,

There is still a light that shines on me,

Shine until tomorrow

Let it be”

 “Let it be” is a paradigm shift.  The “so what” is that it’s been a long time coming.  Kicking and screaming was not only my manner of behavior for years, but also my selected technique for learning about and coping with bipolar disorder. I said, “Thou shalt follow these ‘getting better via these bipolar management rules’ and learn, understand, and overcome symptoms.  And thou shalt be well”.

I had a very trying 2010. Mostly there was no fight. It dawned on me early this year, in the midst of some serious medical concerns, that maybe I could feel more at peace if I just let things be what they are, and go from there.

The tattoo is on the inside of my right wrist, facing me.  When I need to remind myself to let go, I simply turn my wrist over, and read.  It calms me, gives me hope. Let it be.

Have you made any big paradigm shifts in order to cope?  Or do you have a special image or phrase that calms you?

 

About the author
Beth Brownsberger Mader was diagnosed in 2004, at age 38, with bipolar II disorder and C-PTSD, after living with symptoms and misdiagnoses for over 30 years. In 2007, she suffered a traumatic brain injury, compounding bipolar recovery challenges that she continues to work on today. Since these diagnoses, Beth has written extensively about bipolar, its connection to PTSD, physical illness, disability, and ways to develop coping skills and maintain hope. She also writes about bipolar/brain disorders and family, marriage, relationships, loss, and grief. Beth finds the outdoors to be her connection to her deepest healing skills, where the metaphors for life, love, compassion, and empathy are revealed, and how her bipolar and other challenges are faced head-on with perseverance and determination. Beth served as a contributing editor/featured columnist for bp Magazine from 2007 until 2016, and as a bphope blogger from 2011 until 2016. She returned to blogging for bphope in 2019. Beth continues to work on her unpublished memoir, Savender. She holds a BA from Colorado College and an MFA from the University of Denver. Beth lives in Colorado with her husband, Blake, and her service dog, Butter. Check out Beth’s blog at bessiebandaidrinkiewater.

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