Don’t Tell Me I CAN’T do Something


Don’t let Naysayers stop you from doing what you in your heart thinks is right.  When you think something is not right, something needs to change, or you have a dream that seems unrealistic, you could give up.  However, then the naysayers have won.

Don’t let them have that power over you.  One of my favorite saying is by Walt Disney who said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” This holds true for so many things in life. It is not just not about dreams either. Even goals you set for yourself can apply here.  

In regards to mental illness, I believe it is often times easier to let those people who are negative and think you can’t do something win.  Oftentimes, it is because you are depressed and you don’t have the energy, the determination, or desire to fight.  In other cases, you can think why bother, they don’t respect me anyway.  

For example, you have bipolar disorder and you make it a goal to change something in your community.  You could allow these naysayers to tell you that there is no way it could be done especially by someone with a mental illness, or you could prove them wrong and do it.  

I recently heard someone say “I don’t feel respected, valued,listened to, or even allowed my opinions to be heard because I have a mental illness and/or am not on my anti-psychotics”

When someone is in a manic episode due to not taking meds or their meds not working, they should still be respected, valued, listened to and their opinions should be heard.  People with bipolar disorder have done marvelous things throughout history.  They were not stopped by naysayers.

They had dreams, ambitions, pursued them, and were successful. They most likely did not conquer their mental illness and might not have even gotten it under control. However, they proved these naysayers that they didn’t know what they were talking about.

So, if you are being told that you can’t do something, I say go for it and don’t let anyone stop you. You will feel so much better by doing it. There is actually another benefit. You may not need to say it, but you can think it.  “In your face!  Don’t tell me I can’t do something.”



About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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2 Responses to Don’t Tell Me I CAN’T do Something

  1. TheTabletGuy says:

    I resist the urge to make a joke on such a serious blog..

    Thank you for the encouragement!

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