Bipolar Recovery - Truman Show Notes From The Underground
The scene was going beautifully. The "homeless people" in line with me for bread and hot stew couldn't have been better cast and costumed. Nice touch by the Director to have them smell the part too. Made it real easy to stay in character.
~ Kevin A. Hall
He not busy being born is busy dying.
~ Bob Dylan
The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
~ Ernest Hemingway - A Farewell To Arms
They tease me now, telling me it was only a dream. But does it matter whether it was a dream or reality, if the dream made known to me the truth?
~ Fodor Dostoyevski
Kevin's Story - Bipolar, The Truman Show Delusion, Cancer, and Self Realization
Kevin's reportage connects illusory Dreams with hard-training Bipolar Reality. I've said it before: his writing is powerful, a combination of Hemingway and romance in Farewell to Arms with Dostoyevsky in Notes from the Underground. Kevin's experiences will at once shock and inspire you to become more involved with the process of understanding the biomedical complexity of mood disorders. [Stay tuned at CBJ for Dr. William Walsh's upcoming interview on the measurable biomedical neurophysiology of Bipolar and Schizophrenia.]
From the high romance of America's Cup sailing, Olympic and World Sailing Championships to the lost streets of multiple psychiatric hospitalizations, suicidal thinking and manic fireworks with recurrent bipolar Truman Show Delusions, Kevin describes details of how it feels when your dream-face hits the pavement.
Kevin's terrible quandary, too simplified: he's too often on stage, and knows the Director is always watching.
From his website, Kevin spells out the good part:
Kevin A. Hall is an Ivy League graduate of Brown University, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and French literature. Despite being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1989, he went on to become a world-champion Olympic sailor, as well as racing navigator for Emirates Team New Zealand in the 2007 America’s Cup match. A two-time testicular cancer survivor, Hall has spent a successful twenty-five years as a racing navigator, speed testing manager, and sailing performance and racing instruments expert. A brief version of his story was featured in Joel and Ian Gold’s book Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness, as the only nonanonymous case study of a patient with Truman Show delusion. Hall currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife and their three children.
Kevin's book is different:
While in his book Black Sails White Rabbits you also live right there in his brain with his questions, his pain, his driven self-examination, and his deep wish to manage himself successfully in real life. In Black Sails, you live the details of his personal reality, his victories, his failures, his courage and his compassion. Most striking and inspirational: his compassion, his warmth, his candid, constructive sensitivity for those whom he loves.
Kevin doesn't quit.
At first, Kevin sounds disconnected and lost. But as you sail with him you discover how he yearns for connections, for trust, and for making serious contributions to the lives of his fellow travelers. Black Sails contains many lessons for those who suffer from mental challenges at any level. His metaphoric, transcendent reportage with raw and real living experience is, in a word, hopeful. Kevin keeps his learning hat on. He travels in difficult landscapes that will make a difference in the lives of others.
This gets rather interesting to consider: my madness made me do strange things which were wrong for my family. On the other hand, it was precisely the fact that the whole world was “watching me”, which urged me to try so hard to put my family first.
~ Kevin A Hall
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Your best plan here at CBJ: both listen up and listen in to Kevin. His ordinary conversation takes metaphoric turns, and his humility and gratitude seep through the cracks of what at first looks in your imagination like a broken sidewalk. After listening, intentional or not on his part, you intuitively look for the next way out of your own stuckness.
About His Message In Three Sentences:
"Bipolar" is just a label. Kevin's legacy embraces more than behaviors, more than an appearance diagnosis. Kevin's Truman Show imperative: search for and identify the reality of the person, not the perceptions of the cameras.
Black Sails White Rabbits
- Should be required reading for every person interested in mental health - from psychiatry residents to social work students, - from human resource providers to emergency service teams, - from neuroscience teachers to school counselors. Then add in anyone interested in meaningful reportage, writing, and self-management. See a craft similar to Kevin's on the America's Cup video below.
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Emirates New Zealand Team America's Cup 2013 - 3: 18 min
Must See: 'Flying' the Americas Cup, the Emirates Team - 20:53 min
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