A long time ago, I heard a song that contained the phrase: a better place to be. Through the years, I didn’t remember what song it came from or even the basic story in the lyrics; except, I gleaned that this phrase is about looking and wishing for a place that would be better than the present. When I said these words to myself they became an expression of my recurring feelings: a desire to find a place or future that is better or different from the one I have. These are feelings that especially arise when I am in the midst of dealing with the worst of my Bipolar Disorder.
(Related link: Journal Entries that contain the phrase “A Better Place to Be”)
See the Practice Guideline For The Treatment Of Patients with Bipolar Disorder from the American Psychiatric Association for some professional background information and a medical definition of this illness.
In December of 1996, I did an Internet search on the phrase, a better place to be. I found a copy of the lyrics that I originally heard on the radio back in the early 80’s. The song is by Harry Chapin. A copy of the song can be found on these CDs:
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Currently, I think a better place to be has a lot more to do with acceptance of self, taking care of one’s self and facing responsibility… rather than looking for an escape in a hobby, a wild pursuit or an actual physical place. A better place to be can mean striving for health and stability. (Unfortunately I don’t have a magic wand to bring everything into perfect balance.) This task is a very individual journey.
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