When you look up the phrase ‘life is a balancing act’ on the internet, aka the world wide web, you’ll most certainly get quotes that all mean the same thing. Here are some examples.
As Indian women, we are always balancing work, life, home, etc. It’s important to know that while juggling rubber balls and glass balls, the former may bounce back when you miss, but the glass balls will crack if you let them fall. So prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. – Nita Ambani
I think parenthood is a wonderful balancing act. On the one hand, you want to spend as much time with your children as possible. On the other hand, you want to set an example for them to see that you’re fulfilled in your life and in your work. – Michael Sheen
I always do a mental audit at the end of the week to make sure I’m balancing time between my career and my personal life. – Jill Wagner
We are all trying to balance our careers and children and give as much of ourselves and our time to them. You work and have a husband, and projects, and friends. It is a balancing act. – Kelly Preston
Every one of these quotes all gets to the same point….. that life can be balanced. When perusing all these quotes, the most interesting one I found was by Goldie Hawn, and she was referring to the late Peter Sellers.
Peter Sellers was great to work with. A lovely man. A little bit crazy in that he – you know, as I say, it was hard. It was sort of balancing a very delicate spirit on a needle. You know, because you never know where he was going. – Goldie Hawn
Peter Sellers was a creative genius, and by this Goldie Hawn quote, you can tell from her point of view that Sellers lived in somewhat of a chaotic state. For those that live in these types of states, well, there is no real balancing going on.
“If you ask me to play myself I will not know what to do. I don’t know who or what I am so I will not be able to help you. I’m not the real Peter Sellers. I’m just a plastic mock-up.” – Peter Sellers
Many believed that Peter Sellers was a deeply depressed man who battled his demons on a constant basis. If you battle depression, you don’t feel like you’re balancing. It feels more like you’re in a vast ocean and you’re holding onto a piece of driftwood just to stay afloat. The balancing act already happened and you’ve fallen from the sky to this point, and you’re just trying to figure out if you should just let go.
All of this brings us to this week’s lovely sketch drawing by Janine Dillera. It’s a commentary on the balancing act for those with Bipolar Disorder. When you’re in bipolar mania highs, you’re in the chaotic state, and when you’re in the lows, you feel like you’re barely hanging on. Janine is showing that these extremes are harder to manage than the regular ups and downs that people have, as the swings are at opposite poles.
If this sounds like you or someone, you know. Please do talk to someone about your battles and we’re giving you big hugs right now. This drawing is for you.