If I ever have a day where I'm feeling like I cannot accomplish anything because of my mental illness, I look to those who have come before me for inspiration.
Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the first Star Wars trilogy, is now a very successful author. Postcards from the Edge, being the most notable, was later developed into a film by Fisher herself.
Jane Pauley went from The Today Show, to Dateline to hosting her own talk show, all the while dealing with bipolar disorder. She wrote a book about her experiences.
Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first two people to set foot on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 Mission in space on July 20, 1969. Aldrin who is bipolar also started the ShareSpace Foundation, aimed at privatizing space and making space travel available and affordable for everyone. He has written many books and has continued to stay involved in numerous space programs and initiatives.
The 26th US President, Theodore Roosevelt, won a Nobel Peace Prize for helping to negotiate peace in the Russo-Japanese War in 1904-5.
Executive Sol Wachtier served as a New York State Chief Judge.
Ted Turner, media giant, is bipolar.
So is Sting. Patty Duke. Robin Williams. And so were many other wildly talented people. Winston Churchill. Mark Twain. Ralph Waldo Emerson. They are, or were, amazing people doing amazing things. And mentally ill to a one.