On Mercurial Minds

Mimi just posted the following on our Not That Kind Of Bi group wall and I thought I’d share it here as well:

“I long ago abandoned the notion of a life without storms, or a world without dry and killing seasons. Life is too complicated, too constantly changing, to be anything but what it is. And I am, by nature, too mercurial to be anything but deeply wary of the grave unnaturalness involved in any attempt to exert too much control over essentially uncontrollable forces. There will always be propelling, disturbing elements, and they will be there until, as Lowell put it, the watch is taken from the wrist. It is, at the end of the day, the individual moments of restlessness, of bleakness, of strong persuasions and maddened enthusiasms, that inform one’s life, change the nature and direction of one’s work, and give final meaning and color to one’s loves and friendships.”

~From An Unquiet Mind, a memoir by Kay Redfield Jamison


4 thoughts on “On Mercurial Minds

  1. Kay Redfield Jamison is a person I am grateful for and whose life has entwined with mine from afar. First with the bipolar Unquiet Mind and then when our husbands
    died and she wrote a heartwrenching tribute/memoir to him. She has steadied me
    when I felt like I would go under for the final time. I am still here.

    • Connie: I read one of her books (possibly The Unquiet Mind) early on when I was first diagnosed about 10 years ago and this gave me many important insights on why I had been dealing with things that until then I could find no reasonable explanation for. When I die, if there’s someone around who can afford to have a stone engraved in my name, I’d like to be remembered by that quote.

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