In-between – Depression – Mania

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bipolar wave
Don’s wave

In-between – Depression – Mania

Let’s take a look at Mania this time.

This short look into my lifestyle will hopefully give you some insight into mania.

I’m pretty sure nothing here is in neat chronological order. I can’t remember my name most of the time.

At the age of 12, my dad bought me my first motorcycle; it was love at first ride.  My first motorcycle was small, but so was I.  It didn’t take long before I was running it as fast as would go.  I had no fear.

I’m 17 now, I’ve had a few bikes.  They were hand me downs.  I was ready for something new and fast.  I wanted to ride on and off the road.  I found my second love in a motor-sport magazine.  I had to have her.  Just looking at her in a magazine was not enough.   She was Asian, how cool is that.  She was a Yamaha XT 500.  Exactly what I wanted.  I bought it shortly after seeing it in the magazine.

If I wasn’t at work or school, I riding.  Before long I could do just about anything you can imagine doing on a motorcycle;  I could do wheelies, donuts, jump, drive up and down stairs, hill climbs, and race in enduros.  I lost my license three times before I was 18; the last time for a year.

Move forward and I’m 26 now, and I’m still doing all the same things only with bigger, faster bikes.  I still had no fear.

If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re taking up space.

Do you see the pattern?  This is just a sampling of the things I did while growing up.  In the next post I will write about how I’d be riding high one minute,
and in the depths of despair the next.  

Published by Kathleen Pielhop - Midwest Mama -Creator

I took over my father’s blog September of 2017 after losing his battle with mental illness. This blog was originally to share my journey through grieving, finding peace, and trusting God in the process...and in many ways is exactly that. This has evolved into life as a family of 4 with 2 dogs, living in the Midwest. I will cover everything from fashion to our family routines. Join us on this crazy adventure!

2 thoughts on “In-between – Depression – Mania

  1. The interesting thing here is that most of the time this stuff kicks in during the teens, in my case 16. Could it be that you’re just wearing the wrong size hat or something?


    1. Mine did kick in in my early teen years. I did not have professionally diagnosed until I was in my early thirties. My parents knew “something” was wrong, but figured I would grow out of it. I guess I’m still growing.


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