Today, my son and I (both Bipolar) will travel from one area of Texas to another. You see, it’s entirely possible to drive an eight hour day, from Point A to B, and still finish the trip *inside of Texas* but I digress.
We’re headed to the Dallas area for medical issues, business appointments and visiting with family and friends. We make this particular trip often, and I think we’ve got it down. I have special playlists and/or audiobooks I listen to while driving. My son listens to his own music or watches a movie with his headphones framing his adorbs face. We find we both can quickly experience sensory overload, and can be confused and frustrated without routine. So, we have certain places we stop every trip – gas/general store for not only gas, but clean bathrooms and snacks. We also have a Walgreens we frequent and know what town we’ll stop in if we are hungry for a meal. It took us awhile to get this down, and it’s important we were able to because we make this trip every two to three months. Additionally, my son wants to travel in order to have opportunities to take beautiful photographs, as that is his passion and career plan.
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, I thought I’d share a few things that work for us. Along with the traveling, there are certain things I must pack, such as my Kindle Fire, so I may read and play games, coloring book with a few pencils, favorite films downloaded on that Kindle I mentioned. We have rules for the hotel room about where to place toiletries and where to bag trash, then take it out each time we leave the room.
These are a few things that helps us survive each other and survive ourselves.
Do you guys find a need for something(s) like this? Would you care to share?
Many of us erect these walls to protect ourselves, whether consciously or subconsciously. Our brains are amazing in their ability to block memories. Must we always go charging to tear down those walls, or find the keys that will unlock what’s hidden in our minds? Sometimes, shouldn’t things just stay buried in the past?