I have decided to pick a mantra for 2016. I was on a trip this past summer in Washington D.C. and I just had to take this little wall hanging home with me. It says "Every Great Dream Begins With A Dreamer Always remember, you have the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world" Harriet Tubman. What an optimistic thing to say if you see who wrote it. Harriet Tubman an Africa-American who fought against slavery during the American Civil War and was even a Union spy. That is all fine and dandy. So how does that affect me? I think about the courage even from the beginning she was born into slavery. I guess you could say that I too was born into something I often wish I had not been born with a bipolar manic depressive gene. Both Harriet Tubman and I had to over come great obstacles in life. I think about that as I look back at graduating Drake University. She experienced so much discrimination because of her class and skin color. I too have also experience discrimination, but it is of a different kind. People judged her by her skin color. People have judged me on something they could not see or understand Bipolar Manic Depression. It has not been an easy ride these past 39 years. Still I have learned to be optimistic throughout the years. If you are struggling with a mental illness or some kind of trial hang on Annie sings it best "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow".