Quoting That Elise Girl ™:" I'm trying. It's hard. If its not one thing, its another. But, thanks for the kind words."
sometimes i really wish they wouldn't have a one title diagnosis, b/c the complex and downright unique interactions any mental "disorder" has never fully explains or enables a person to understand their position now that they have the diagnosis.
for some, it helps - it gives them a concrete object to focus on and work against, but for others it can simply become the wall they'll never climb / the impenetrable flaw they'll never overcome BIPOLAR.
like that says ANYTHING about you.
it's a collection of behaviors / mental states, some of which you display / experience some you don't.
hell, even non bipolars can share symptoms. the overlap, the complex interplay w/ the rest of you, your life, your social setting, your culture... all it tells a story vastly more complex than BIPOLAR.
get a grasp of your symptom set, look for the ways to regulate them (there are plenty of tricks out there available here on the interwebz) ... and believe in your wholeness as a person, regardless of the diagnosis. you are you. this is part of your path, you can take it in and own it.
don't let the title = helpless against it. it's a diagnosis, not a description of you or your life.