I have been super clean from relationships (men). I gave them up when I realize that relationships didn’t work for me or them. I didn’t know I had bipolar until 2009 so I was unable to understand why my relationships didn’t last. I flat-out drove them crazy!
I enjoy and love photography so I joined a group that gets together and talks about photography and goes on mini trips. I met the organizer on my first visit to the group and I was immediately attracted. No! No! He’s too young! I kept reminding myself. So I forgot about it. Weeks later there was a trip planned and I really wanted to go but without a car it made it difficult. I receive a message from him offering a ride. He also asked if I had flirted with him on our first meeting. I said “Yes, I did.” He said, Cool!” The part that bothers me is the age gap. I’m 59 and he’s 34. The future looks pretty bleak so why pursue this?
On our first outing he told me he had bipolar as well. It felt so good to be able to share with someone else who has the same mental illness. The problem? He is just like me – BIPOLAR. This brought us closer. Most bipolar people don’t feel comfortable around normal people because they’re afraid they will do or say something wrong.
For a whole week he came and got me to go on these amazing photography trips. At first there was no intimacy, but I guess our chemistry became intense we couldn’t hold back. You can feel it when we’re together so I wonder if he withdraws because he started feeling close to me. Or, maybe he just doesn’t want to get into that kind of relationship. He did say that relationships and sex didn’t do well for him. What does that me? I’m not a mind reader!
When he disappears for weeks at a time I can’t help ask questions like “What did I do?” Did I say something wrong? He doesn’t like me. I thought he was into me, but I guess not. This stuff was really tearing me apart. I found myself getting angry and resent wanting to write a letter to him asking what the problem was. I don’t do roller coasters well..
Is it the bipolar? I go through this every time I meet a guy that ends up in running the man off. Bipolar or not. I just don’t know how to handle this – it makes me ill as well. I want so badly to meet someone who can love me unconditionally. I’ve enjoyed the closeness and being able to share with someone else who has the illness. If I talked about my issue to a normal man what would he do? My last loving relationship was with someone I couldn’t have, and that was after my divorce. I was so in love, but his life and surroundings were a danger to me, and we felt it would be best if he wasn’t around me and the baby. I loved him for that, but at the same time I was heart-broken. That was 24 years ago and to this day I still love him – I think about him all the time.
So confused. Should I continue to see my friend if he calls and wants to go do things. Or, should I just say it’s best we don’t or I’m busy. Can I keep my hands off of him – after all this woman has feelings that haven’t been there in a long time. That can be dangerous!