I Wish You a Merry Podcast

On my 60th birthday, October 4, 2018, I was fortunate enough to be interviewed for a podcast on Christopher Snider’s show Just Talking.

We discussed my dealings with mental illness and how they have helped me become an advocate for others in understanding the illness and fighting the stigma that surrounds it even still.

The podcast was published on Christopher’s sight on December 25th, 2019. I hope you enjoy it. 

A note: the gravelly voice and pauses in my speech are parts of who I am thanks to my illnesses and what has happened as a result. 

Lydia

Just Talking Podcast

Lydia Beier joins me for a conversation about living with depression and bipolar disorder, the challenges and opportunities that come with battling mental health stigma, and the value of starting a conversation to make a difference in people’s lives.

Keep up with Lydia at beinglydia.com and chronicillnessbloggers.com.

Run Time – 26:58

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On Turning 60

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Reblog – Song Lyric Sunday – Big White Room by Jessie J

While I have related to them, I have not reblogged a challenge post of any kind before, but this SLS pick by the challenge creator, Helen Vahdati, is like no other.

Right from the title, then into the lyrics and the way Jessie J sings it I felt it. Its meaning is both literally and figuratively strong for me. It meets me in

– the stark rooms at the hospital where I so often stayed during my late 20’s and through my 30’s to help stabilize my mental illnesses

– the places in my mind I would go to try and hide from all the bullying and criticism

– the various homes I lived in where I felt trapped by my fears of the world.

– the relationships that were unhealthy but I couldn’t seem to escape from.

Jessie J is one of those singers who can not just sing a song but she can make you feel it, whether it is your story or not. This one is definitely my story.

Or at least it was… it isn’t anymore.

Lydia!

This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time

Fear is a pretty powerful thing. I find it interesting that some scary movies out there actually deal with overcoming fear even while they’re trying to scare you to death. Gotta love those jump-scares though. They get me almost every time.

I first started thinking about songs with zombies and other types of scary movie horrors, but then I came across this song this morning and I knew it was going to be my song. I remember the first time my daughter played it for me. We were in the car, driving home from school. I cried while I was listening to it. Not only does Jessie J sing it masterfully (especially in the live, acoustic version), but the lyrics are powerful. They don’t contain the word “fear”, but they do refer to a genuine fear that I’ve dealt with in the past.

I do hope you enjoy!

Sitting in…

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