All my life, when I’ve seen flashing lights, I’ve seen/felt pain. Lately, it’s been worse pain, so I have trouble crossing the street with all the safety signals, turn signals, crosswalk timers, etc. obviously I can no longer bike along the street.
Similarly, when I've heard loud noises, I’ve heard/felt pain. Lately, it’s been worse pain, so even with ear plugs and ear protectors, I can’t handle the intense pain-beatings with the backup painbeepers, painsirens, car horns, elevator painchimes, construction noise, etc. and often collapse and curl up and scream in agony.
But apparently, when some people see flashing lights, they don’t see/feel any pain.
So I’m wondering (a) what that’s like and (b) how we can try to explain our sensory experiences to each other.
To me, when I see flashing lights, I see/feel the pain, just as when I see bright lights, I see/feel the brightness, and I don’t see how one can see flashing lights without seeing... well the pain.
I haven’t been able to explain my sensory experiences to other people, and those of us with different sensory experiences need to be able to explain our sensory experiences to each other. Other people dismiss my explanations as “rants,” or as “nonsense.” I get badly beaten with painful sensory bombardment, and can’t access many public spaces, public transportation, public services, any places within half a mile of ongoing construction, etc.
If more of us are able to explain more diverse sensory experiences maybe we can get more inclusive infrastructure.