I decided to fast for Ramadan. I have never fasted before, but since my housemate, some of my students, and some of my colleagues are Muslim, I thought it might be interesting to join them. After walking the Camino to gain freedom from Catholic purgatory, it seemed like I should experiment with a tradition from another religion. I was excited for the challenge.
Then my friend R. pointed out that it is a bad idea. It is a bad, bad idea. People with bipolar disorder who are trying to maintain a stable mood during the least stable month of the year ought not deny themselves food during daylight hours.
I even did a little research into Valid Reasons for Not Observing the Fast:
Being on a journey
Risk of life
Well, I'm not unconscious and haven't declared jihad, but I guess I'm otherwise disqualified. I will eat.
- tell me, general pace
- somebody on the Hill says something
- love and war
- a man like this should run for president
- my favorite medication
- dear senator webb, nincompoop
- truth, finally
- next placard
- "this is what dem-o-cra-cy looks like"
- an apple pie american
- bipolar press
- not my fellow citizen
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