Long Shot My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me (Paperback)
|Author: Sylvia Harris|
|The author describes her battle with bipolar disorder and the surprisingly calming effect that horses had on her condition. (biography & autobiography). Simultaneous. *Author: Harris, Sylvia *Subtitle: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me *Publication Date: 2011/03/08 *Number of Pages: 257 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.25|
From the Publisher:
To quiet the voices in her mind, Sylvia Harris tried all of the above. At times, her manic behavior led her to dress up as a cowgirl and show off her imaginary rope skills in the middle of a quaint Northern California village, or spend the night in a torpor of fear awaiting the alien invasion she knew was on the horizon. At its worst, it led her to look for love in all the wrong places and create a family she had difficulty caring for. Although she sometimes found temporary relief and brief moments of calm, darkness always followed. At the nadir of her twenty-year battle with bipolar depression, Harris found salvation in the most unlikely of places: Cardinal Farm, an equine ranch outside of Orlando, Florida.
Harris had always been drawn to animals, but she had no idea of the healing power she would discover while working with horses. And though she still experienced raging highs and destabilizing lows, eventuallythrough grooming, caring for, and, against all odds, racing horsesshe was able to find stability and, ultimately, joy.
With an unflinching eye toward her weaknesses and the pain that her life decisions have inflicted on others, Harris examines the ravaging power of her bipolar behavior and the magical power of horses, showing us how the mythic interspecies connection between humans and these magnificent animals continues to astonish and inspire.
Sylvia Harris is an African-American, female jockey who didn't get her professional riding license until she was 40. All those facts are interesting enough, but additionally, as this fascinating memoir reveals, Harris struggles with a bipolar condition that has, at various times in her life, left her homeless, hospitalized, and alienated from her family and society. She discovered in her middle years that being with horses calms and stabilizes her. Since discovering her gift with horses, she has won several races, and garnered acclaim in the racing world. This inspiring book will encourage readers to go beyond their perceived limitations and find their own route to healing.