Kaleidoscope of the Mind
By Apara Mahal Sylvester
I’m a multi-faceted kaleidoscope with many beams.
In my life I have accomplished countless goals and dreams.
I have been a world traveler and a teacher, just to name a few.
In China, Germany and India I have seen the early morning dew.
I am a published author, photographer and freelance writer.
In all honesty, my life couldn’t be any brighter.
Yet, my mind is far from the norm.
You see, I have weathered many a mental storm.
I have Bipolar Mania to a certain degree.
Although, I have never let Mania define me.
I am not ashamed that I have a treatable illness.
Medication helps my mind to achieve stillness.
I was diagnosed later in life when I was in my prime.
I have even been in a mental hospital more than one time.
Taking medication fights Manic episodes with all it’s might.
There is no shame in taking helping pills at night.
I am a human being, just like you, with strengths and flaws.
To mislabel what I have does not help my cause.
I am NOT “mental”, a “mental case” or even “Insane”.
I have a treatable disorder of the mind to which ostracizing brings pain.
I am sunshine, confidence, faith and humbleness.
I am NOT some “frenzied” or “crazy” mess.
I strive to be an inspiration to others with my words.
What I say is NOT “strictly for the birds”.
Respect my mental illness which countless others possess.
My wish is for you to educate and understand, judge less.