Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's an interesting week

This has been a freakishly social week.  I'm thrilled.  It's like I'm not a parent again, only people are coming to my house because I'm a parent.  It works.

I'm recovering from bronchitis. I didn't appreciate it when the urgent care doctor told me I would have been better off with pneumonia because that would have healed quicker before the half marathon I am running in four days.

I've been thinking really hard about the ways in which I feel alone and unconnected, which is slightly ridiculous given that I'm fueling these thoughts with stuff people tell me when they come to my house because they like me. Last night my friends were telling me about their marathon experience. They ran with Team in Training to raise money for cancer research. They both have experiences in their backgrounds that made it a very poignant, specifically relevant thing for them to do. My grandmother, the one I am named after, died of cancer. I don't know what kind.

I wouldn't be able to train for the marathon as part of a group. It's not really just the timing issues. It's because I'm not running a marathon for anyone but me. I feel like a selfish piece of shit. I know a lot of people who are very outward focused in the "why" behind them doing things. I can't be. I feel so very self involved. I want to run a marathon to prove to myself that I can. I want to run a marathon because I want to show my brother that I can even though I don't particularly want to speak to him at the event. I'm actually terrified of running into him and I hope the crowd of 5,000 people will be enough to hide in.

I want to run a marathon for the same reason I wanted to be hanged by the neck. To prove that I can survive doing things that are too hard for most people. I feel like I shouldn't admit that out loud. I don't want to be part of something bigger than me because I never will. I will always feel like I am there on a temporary pass and I'm not really part of it. I don't know how to feel connected to people.

Yesterday someone told me that for a very young child to be overly affectionate with people they don't know is a sign of an attachment disorder. I did that. I went to anyone who was even vaguely affectionate towards me. The problem is that most people don't keep coming around and the result is that I have learned to be bitter and not try to join anything. 

I have been trying to let my lungs heal this week so I have not been smoking pot. It is remarkable what that does to my mood. I've had a lot of suicidal thoughts. I've had a lot of intense feelings of worthlessness. I will never actually be good. I will never be someone who contributes in positive ways. I will always be a drain. I will always be unfit and unworthy. I'm not even sure what I am unworthy of.

A friend said something to me this week that I have always felt but not had the nerve to say out loud: my story is mostly remarkable because it happened to a white girl.  There are many tales of horrific incest and abuse from women of color. White girls either don't experience it or don't talk about it. I've never known how to feel about that. I'm very aware of my privilege. I'm very aware of the fact that I would not have gotten the help I have gotten if I hadn't been white. I don't know how to feel about that. I never have known. It's not like I think I understand the black experience, I'm not that stupid. But I am often only willing to accept advice from people who aren't white. Advice from white people often feels irrelevant to me. Either they didn't ever live in the gutter so what the fuck do they know or they didn't really crawl out.

My experience of advice from black women has been intense. They aren't going to give me a pass for suffering. Everyone suffers. Black women have to live every day with the fear that their son might be murdered for having the audacity to walk home from a convenience store with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. That is honest to god fucking fear. That is real. 

I told Noah this morning that the current debate about abortion in this country scares the shit out of me. It scares me in a visceral, personal way. The reason it scares me so much is because Noah has had a vasectomy. My intention is to be monogamous. If I ever get pregnant again it will probably be the result of being raped. I don't have the hubris to think that won't happen to me. Instead I have the life history where I feel like I should never leave my house again if I want to avoid that possibility. I should only see people I carefully prescreen and invite to my house. That is the only way I won't have to deal with the potential consequences of a child I would not be able to raise with love.

I have had a transvaginal ultrasound. It wasn't pleasant. The doctor was a stupid bitch and I didn't want to do it and she insisted and I was stupid and didn't feel like I could really say no. It was when I was pregnant with Calli. I got pregnant the cycle after a miscarriage. There was the potential that the previous miscarriage was a twin loss and I needed to know that information. That could have been determined by blood tests. She insisted up one side and down the other that I allow her to check with an ultrasound. I knew I was less than a month pregnant and she wouldn't be able to see anything any other way. Even with the transvaginal ultrasound she couldn't see much of anything because Calli was still about the size of a pea. I left the building crying because I hadn't wanted that woman to penetrate me. Unfortunately I'm not very good at saying no when people want access to my crotch. I don't ever feel like I really get to.

I know that right now I am feeling unstable. I know that this is why I am "mentally ill". Because even though I have a great life and I "should" feel safe I don't. Is this really mental illness or is this simple pattern recognition? I don't feel like I even know.

I'm working on part two. I'm thinking about who were the important pivot people in my life. I'm thinking about where I learned different ideas. Where did I learn that I was supposed to exist for other peoples entertainment, not my own fulfillment. I'm thinking hard about how I was shaped. And this time I want it to sound like a story not a bare recitation of facts. I'm scared shitless of writing dialogue. How do I characterize these relationships? Oh god.

I'm really glad people are coming to visit me this week. That's why I argue with myself about my "value". Obviously people do see value in me. Obviously they think I am worth putting in some effort--they have already done so. But why? What value could they possibly get from knowing me? That's what is interesting about writing part two. It's not just thinking about what people have done to/for me. I have to acknowledge what I have actually done. How I have been a person that others want a relationship with. Unfortunately being sober means I feel like I should just write over and over and over about how all people want is access to the hole between my legs.


  1. I've been reading Anna Karenina lately. Recently I read this bit:

    "Perhaps so," said the prince, squeezing her hand with his elbow; "but it's better when one does good so that you may ask everyone and nobody knows."