Here's the last of the posts from the introduction to the book I'm working on:
The fifth and final ground rule was the hardest for me to adopt: Stay open to new ideas; don’t think you know it all.
I’ve always been very curious, so the new ideas part wasn’t too difficult. In fact, sometimes my experience with mental illness made me very vulnerable to influences I may not have chosen on a better day. While ramping up into a manic episode I’d adopt some new persona or fall into an interest or belief and go way overboard as I expressed my new lifestyle. This has happened with things as varied as objectivism, liberation theology, and fly-fishing. I’d go full into something to the exclusion of all else, only to drop it entirely as I settled down and recovered.