We received over 15 inches of snow during this last snow storm. It essentially shut down my hometown for a day and a half. Fortunately we never lost power or water. Since I was home bound for two days I had to make the best of that time. Finished a book I was reading and almost finished a second one I have been working on for the last few weeks. I also used the time to chat with one of my neighbors for a few hours.
This guy is roughly my age and lives on the same wing I do. We live in a low income apartment complex that is primarily senior citizens with disabilities. Talking with him, I learned that he too has had problems in the past with older residents who don’t believe that younger people with disabilities should be allowed to live here. He has also had problems with a few tenants who don’t believe in mental illness and think we’re just making this up because we’re ‘lazy and don’t want to work.’ He’s lived here for a few years and we have some similar interests. He and I are both into computers and gaming. He and I have similar backgrounds as we were both from small farming villages and we were heavily involved in school activities. When I was visiting at his place yesterday after spending much of my day shoveling my car out of a snow drift, we got to chatting about our younger days, friends we had, and the stupid nonsense we got in as teenagers. His path and mine didn’t cross very often as he has his group of friends and I have mine. But we were friendly to each other and would hang out a few times a year. But it never got to be anything regular.
I found out this guy also has schizophrenia. In some ways he’s had it worse than I have. He’s been hospitalized more times than I have and he wasn’t diagnosed as early as I. Like me he started having problems in his late teens and early twenties. Unlike me, his illness didn’t make him as socially reclusive as mine did. I have always had a hard time socializing, especially with people I just met. There are times I just don’t want to socialize outside of family and long term friends. Hopefully this newfound friendship can open a few more doors for socializing.