The normality trap

This is brilliant. I totally agree.

Mind Hacks

I remember taking a bus to London Bridge when, after a few stops, a woman got on who seemed to move with a subtle but twitchy disregard for her surroundings. She found herself a seat among the Saturday shoppers and divided her time between looking out the window and responding to invisible companions, occasionally shouting at her unseen persecutors.

By East Street, the bus was empty.

You’ve probably encountered fellow travellers who are strikingly out of the ordinary, sometimes quite distressed, scattered among the urban landscape where they seem to have a social forcefield around them that makes crowds part in their presence.

If you’ve ever worked in a hospital or support service for people with psychological or neurological difficulties, you’ve probably met lots of people who are markedly out of step with the mundane rules of social engagement.

They seem to talk too loud, or too fast, or too…

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  1. M

    Hi Hope,

    I’m responding here even though my comments are more directed at your previous posts. First, I’m really sorry about your ongoing health problems and the roommate situation on top of that. Forced changes in living situation I find terrifying, so I was moved and sorry to see that you are facing finding new roommates.

    Your butterscotch bike is adorable, but I have to be honest that the first thing I thought of when I saw it was that it’s going to be a bear to ride, and that it’s definitely not a bike for commuting or real transportation…especially when your health is not great. Steel cruisers are so heavy and, without gears/speeds, almost impossible to use for serious getting around even for people in top shape. In your situation, I would seriously be thinking about a consultation and possible trade at a bike shop for something more suited to your needs, if you can keep from worrying about hurting the gifters’ feelings. If they love you, they’d probably understand. Even if you do keep the bike, I recommend a visit to a bike shop anyway. Even little things like improperly inflated tires can have a big effect on how easy the thing is to pedal.

    Anyhow, I don’t post here often, but my heart went out to you this week…



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