Don’t let bipolar stop you from living your life. With a little planning, effort, and support you can achieve more. Plus, meet my surprise guest!
Hello, my name is Gabe Howard with bphope.com and bipolar Magazine’s online vlogging community. And today, we are going to discuss “Achieving Goals and/or Rising to the Occasion of Challenges,” which is the longest title, ever!
But that is okay, because to make this example, I have brought along my puppy! His name is Peppy, he is a mini-schnauzer, and I love him a lot. I am not an animal person. I am not a dog person. I never wanted to have a pet. But my wife, ever since we got married, has been working on me to get a dog or a cat or a goat, and I knew that I was going to have to give in eventually. Because it is her house too, and I want her to be happy, and compromise is part of marriage.
So I decided to tackle this problem by doing a lot of research. First off, I am very bipolar – I am very organized, I am very regimented, I am very set in my ways, and I knew that a dog was going to present challenges, because puppies are not known for being clean and organized and regimented. So I started doing research. And one of the things I was worried about was shedding. And I found out that they have little hypo-allergenic dogs! Like, for example, mini-schnauzers. So one of the greatest things about Peppy, aside from being a great co-host, is that he doesn’t shed. So that was very helpful.
I also learned that mini-schnauzers have a mild temperament, so they are easy to get along with and they are easily trained. So my wife and I signed up for “puppy classes.” So what’s been amazing is that with enough research, with enough being realistic, and with enough working together with my partner, I am now a dog person! Just a single dog – not “dogs,” plural. But Peppy has been a wonderful addition to our lives. I am very glad to have him, and hopefully he will show up in vlogs later.
We always like to assign homework with these things: What are some challenges that you yourself have been able to overcome with enough effort, dedication, and the support of the people that you love?
My name is Gabe Howard, this is Peppy, and for bphope.com and bipolar Magazine’s on-line vlogging community, that’s a wrap! Thanks.
Gabe Howard is an award-winning speaker, writer, and advocate who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. He’s the creator of the official bipolar shirt. (Get yours now!) He can be reached via his website, www.GabeHoward.com.
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