Shujaa Kike (Female Warrior)

by | Nov 14, 2015 | Inspiration, Kulture, Latest, Psychology, Scribbler, Self-care, Wellness | 0 comments

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By: Mikateko Mbambo

As the tides of the sea rise and fall Elwandle has found herself hitting highs and lows, relentlessly riding on that roller coaster and constantly battling to find her way through the mental maze.

There are times when life is sweet like malmsey, euphoria vividly glowing and at that time she feels that she is living in her dreams wide awake. It is within these episodes that she is sovereign, ideas racing at the speed of lightning, creativity so immense that she finds herself entangled in the many crafts of her hands.

Unlike age which goes up and never comes down, she finds herself slipping on the corridor of hypomania. Ideas fading and rapidly dissolving into monstrous worries. She suddenly feels the many invisible hands of anxiety tightly squeezing her neck, leaving her paralysed with hopelessness. These episodes pierce the mind with depression and slowly the soul begins to leak. Crying spells are a dirge to the death ears around her. The pain that arrests her heart is unseen even by her ring of friends. Most people don’t understand her inward struggles because there are no visible wounds to portray them.

Though the manic episodes keep repeating themselves, Elwandle, the “Female Warrior” gathers strength to conquer from the God of her understanding and doing her part to keep stable.

In her battle with Bipolar Disorder, she remains victorious. Though constantly breaking and rarely mending the Female Warrior roars like a conquering lioness.

Above all, like Michel de Montaigne, Elwandle accepts and embraces that she has never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than herself.


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