The idea for bipolar shorts came about when I was riding the bus through the Lincoln tunnel several years ago. An accident occurred injuring "thirty-one people hurt after two Buses Collided In the Lincoln Tunnel". The bus I was on not involved, but it triggered a severe panic attack.
Here's what took place, thanks to an educated passenger yelling to the bus driver he needs to get out, he's suffering a panic attack. The Bus driver explaining he can't let passengers out in the tunnel, he finally does and I immediately calm down, a minute later I feel a hand on my shoulder from the driver of another bus, instructing me to come into his bus that had plenty of seats, air conditioning...as if I walked into an oxygen tent. It was here that I drew upon deep breathing skills I learned also a woman offered me a bottle of water, one other holding my hand and another woman handed me a pen and paper saying try drawing or writing something that this will help you stay focused, I did as it worked and there began the creation of bipolar shorts.
In addition to the above anxiety and panic disorders I struggle with, now my hands and wrist are becoming problematic due to peripheral neuropathy so when I write, I write short sentences, step away and go back and finish when I have flare-ups.
Pictured below are a series of photos of my creating bipolar shorts using pencils and post-it notes helping me space out the colored boxer shorts in photo number one.
Next is image number two showing a clothesline inspired from my childhood apartment building, I remember clothes hanging back and forth.
A friend connected me with a graphic designer who created the last mage. We met to talk about what I was wanting and she sent me a few to decide from and I decided on the image number three which is used in the blog cover photo.
If you suffer anxiety and possible panic disorder, neuropathy, arthritis or any other chronic medical or mental disorder and use meditation, breathing exercises maybe you too might want to write to help relax, it helps me.
Have fun writing.