This upcoming Monday – March 30th, 2015 – what will you be doing? Will you be waking up, cursing at your alarm, as your body prepares to face yet another work week? Will you be frantically running around your house, trying desperately to find your child a pair of matching socks in order to get him/her to the bus stop on time? Will you be sitting in class, taking notes on a subject that you swear you will never use in “your real life”? Will you be stuck in rush hour on your way home, stuck listening to some dumb break up story on the radio? Will you be on a vacation, somewhere sunnier and warmer, with people you love surrounding you? Will you be making your weekly shopping list for upcoming dinners to cook? Will you be busy returning missed phone calls and emails from the weekend?
What will you be doing on March 30th 2015?
For many, the day will come and go without much thought. It will be another Monday, another day to “get through” in order to get to the weekend where you can really enjoy yourself. It won’t have much significance, since the banks and post offices are still open, and it won’t be a happy or sad day to remember – it will just be another Monday.
For others, March 30th 2015 will be a day that is painted in green. The sky on that day, in their eyes, will miraculously change from blue to green. The trees, no matter the geographic location, will all turn green. The ocean, the sand, the birds, the world – everything will be painted in green.
When you take blue, the color associated with sadness, and mix in yellow – the color associated with happiness – you get GREEN. When you take sadness and happiness and mix them up really, really, really fast inside the mind of a human – you get BIPOLAR.
March 30th is World Bipolar Day. It is a day where the world will, for a brief moment in time, take a pause to recognize the daily challenges that those living with bipolar disorder face. It is a day where people will cover themselves in green as a representation that they are breaking the stigma. It is a day where people will come out and declare “I AM A PERSON LIVING WITH BIPOLAR.”
March 30th is also a day when the graves will be visited. They will be covered in green ribbons, tears, and many unanswered questions. The voiceless – those who lost the battle, who couldn’t seek help, who were told they were weird, who left far too soon – those are the ones that this day is for.
March 30th, 2015 – what will you be doing?