A Polarized Life

To see through a glass darkly—a dim mirror or lens, Plato’s cave of shadows—this is life as seen through a haze of mental illness, medications, and a mind constantly shifting from one perspective to another, but never seeing anything quite clearly. Days that seem crystal clear, as becomes apparent with time, are just as filtered as those muddled with fog. Twist the glass one way and the world becomes dark and filled with overwhelming contrast, twist the other way, and the world is blindingly bright.

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