Backpacking and Bipolar II. Taking Manic Depression on tour.
I read a book called “Roughing It” by Mark Twain (Available here). As with almost everything I’ve read by Twain it meanders deliciously around the loose narrative of his experience in the silver rush. His final thought has become something of a mission statement for me. With the support of my family and friends it has been too easy to overlook personal inadequacies and shortcomings of my character. They love me dearly and so have no need of any change in my temperament or personality. For my own sake I made the demand that there ARE changes that need to be made and challenges that need to be met. Being of no account means that I have no reason or excuse to stay in England and avoid these and I’ve never been particularly good at “faithful diligence”.
“If you are of any account, stay at home and make your way by faithful diligence; but if you are ‘no account’ go away from home and then you will have to work, whether you want to or not. Thus you become a blessing to your friends by ceasing to be a nuisance to them – if the people you go among suffer by the operation.”
Mark Twain – “Roughing It”
So if we’re kindred spirits and you’re on a similar journey – please say hello. I would benefit from your experience and offer mine in return, such as it is.
All the best,