I bought a new album today. Valley of the Bears -- by Laroca This is my favorite track so far. (:
Sometimes it feels like the Bipolar is destroying me. Sometimes it feels like I'm losing all control. Today is one of those days. I'm on medication, which has been (literally) lifesaving. I've gone from sleepless nights and long manic trips followed by debilitating bouts with depression to a more mellow, more leveled out kind of me. Lately, however, it feels like the Bipolar is winning. I think it may be time to adjust my medication again, because the insomnia's getting worse, and I feel like I'm losing myself, losing the good parts of me under all the tension, the anxiety, the frustration and the roller coaster moods. When things are stable, when I feel more in control, I'm not so angry and irritable, not so mad at life, not so jealous of people who aren't Bipolar I, people who don't have to fight the demons I have to. I want to be able to be both stable and passionate, both emotional and in control. What I don't know is if that is even possible. I heard somewhere that living with Bipolar I requires a lifetime of tweaking the medication, of going to therapy, of avoiding triggers and trying to be healthy. I suppose, for me, that's been true. I was diagnosed years ago, and I've been going to therapy religiously, taking my medication mostly non-sporadically, seeing my psych on a regular basis and refraining from indulging in any number of things that trigger episodes-- things like casual sex or drinking. I suppose I just needed to get some of this gunk out of my mind. I needed to put down in words that I'm irritated, that I'm frustrated, that I struggle to feel like I'm an okay person when the moods make me feel like I'm failing, like I'm always on the edge about to fall off. Today is a coping skills kinda day, a day when I screen my phone calls and order out, a day when I try my damnedest to be gentle with myself. It's going to be okay. I'm not suicidal. That's always a plus. I'll pull it together, and go back to my usual zany self. But right now? Right now I am going to curl up with some music and lock myself away from the world for a while.
Post 6 of the 30 post music challenge. A song that reminds me of somewhere. This song takes me back to a specific moment. It was evening, and I was standing on a balcony looking out over a patio strung with twinkle lights. This song was playing from somewhere down below me, and the man I loved was standing under a tree looking off into the distance while I looked at him. It's odd how clear that moment is. Why it stuck with me, I have no idea, but this song will probably always remind me of standing on that balcony wearing a borrowed skirt and a pair of sandals while looking at the man I wanted but would never have.
I woke up at dawn this morning. I tried to stay curled up under the covers, convinced that I would eventually fall back to sleep if I laid still and closed my eyes, but as is becoming more and more common, it didn't work. It was another late night followed by an early morning, and I feel like part of me has been rubbed raw by sandpaper or the rough concrete on the bottom of a pool. Today I was unproductive, sleepy and often incoherent. The highlight of my day was when the kiddos went out to pick black raspberries in the yard. I gave them a plastic bucket, and they tried to keep from eating them all before they even made it to the bucket. In the end, they had a heap of maybe two cups of berries or so. I sprinkled on sugar and added a splash of milk, and they were so happy. It's a simple summer ritual, one of the things I'll miss about living on a farm. Now it is almost dusk. The light's just starting to fade. I am sleepy, lightheaded and warm. I want nothing more than a long sleep in an air conditioned room, a glass of cold milk and either some soothing music or the sound of rain. A couple of months ago, I bought several tracks of nothing but the sound of water. One was the sound of rain falling. One was a babbling brook. Another was the sound of an underwater stream. Each track was close to an hour long. I put them in a playlist I call my rain playlist, and sometimes I fall asleep listening to them. It's this hushing sound, soothing, similar to white noise or the whir of a fan in how it calms me down and makes my thoughts slow and my body relax. Now it is dusk. The fireflies are starting to come out. They're flickering across the fields and in the treetops. I love fireflies. I love the way they make the balmy summer evenings seem magical. I love the way they remind me of my childhood, of evenings spent chasing them, catching them in between cupped palms and then setting them free and watching them fly away. Fireflies remind me of cold watermelon and fireworks. They remind me of lying on a quilt in my grandma's front yard, as my aunt and uncle set off fireworks and, for just a little while, life seemed okay, my family seemed okay and I felt like, if only for an evening, I actually fit in. Now, every year, my neighbors set off fireworks, and we walk across the field and over by the barn so we can see better. I plan on getting the kiddos some sparklers if the grass isn't too dry and I think they can keep from burning the ends of their fingers as the sparks fly. It's dusk. I'm sleepy. Once again, I'm going to bed alone. I don't mind this much. I actually prefer it. I get to sleep on one side of the bed for part of the night and the other side for the rest of it. I am selfish with the covers. I hoard the pillows. I am always switching to the cool side of the bed. Sometimes I remind myself that I won't always be this alone nor this lonely. Someday things will be different. Someday. But for now? Enough writing. I worry if I write much more, I'll expose parts of myself that I want kept secret, hidden rooms that I deny exist within me.