Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bipolar and Theater Masks

I have always loved theater and the ancient Greek theater masks have always fascinated me. I have also wanted another tattoo for a while (I currently have one on my back in case you were wondering). There is one idea that has been floating aroun in my head for quiet a while now.

A year ago I realized that (at least to me) these Greek theater masks perfectly symbolize my husband's bipolar disorder.

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There are at least two sides to him that for the past 3+ years have 'masked' the person we used to know and the person I fell in love with. There is his manic side which is overly energetic, high flying, there's no limit but the sky person. And then there is the extremely depressed, the world is out to get me person. Not to mention the mixed episodes when he is full of energy but too depressed to do anything. While all of those are now part of him it is easier for me to deal with his illness when I tell myself that the 'old' him is just hiding behind one of these masks and is fighting to come back out to be with me. The 'performance' might take an hour, a week or a month but he is there, waiting to rejoin me.

2 comments:

Simoney said...

Hi Kris,
I just found your blog through BlogFrog SITS (not that I'm even a member yet)... and I am now following you. I've had a journey with depression also, and my heart goes out to you and your husband. It's such a tough road at times, especially when you can feel all alone. Good on you for sharing your journey; my journey is also on my blog... pop by and have a read sometime (it's in the sidebar or at the top under "My Journey". God Bless luv Simone xx

Kris said...

I'm glad you have found me. Welcome to my blog! I'll go check out your blog later when I have a moment.

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