The Wreck of the Hesperus


“The Wreck of the Hesperus” is a story that presents the tragic consequences of a sea captain’s pride. On an ill-fated voyage in the winter, he brings his daughter aboard ship for company. The captain ignores the advice of one of his experienced men, who fears that a hurricane is approaching.

It’s a tragedy captured by Longfellow, and there are times I feel both like the sea captain and his daughter. He ignores the advice that a hurricane is coming – something that I can easily deny to myself, and loved ones, when the Dysthymic phase of my Bipolar approaches. And when my arrogance ill advises my common sense and convinces me I can handle matters, up it pops to wreck lives just like the daughter.

She is strapped to the mast to avoid being washed ashore, but it fails to save her. I sometimes metaphorically attach myself to a mast called ‘leave me alone I will brass it out’: but all too often I sink without trace and the ship around me perishes!

The trick should never have been to put out to sea, or if I did so, then not drag others along whom I care for.

It’s a lesson I’ve tried to learn, and covered it in an earlier blog called ‘Rinse that Bipolar Brain’. Whatever metaphor might work, be it don’t put to sea in choppy waters, or don’t take passengers along who cannot swim, the trick for me,  and maybe you, is to simply not place yourself in situations that your Bipolar cannot cope with.  Stop the cause and kill the effect. Try it!

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