Thursday, August 9, 2012

Get it out of your head.

None of what I am thinking is all that serious or big. Why are my emotional reactions so out of proportion? I don't even know. That's the trouble with brain chemistry. It's not always reacting to real things in front of you.

I can't start running yet. It's too early. Yesterday as I was running I thought a lot about how I should leave my house earlier and run to Lake Elizabeth and swim out to the middle then stop swimming while it is still dark and no one will see me. I can't start running yet. I can't go out until people will see me. I can't go out until I would be traumatizing other people to try and die in front of them--that's not nice. I'm not allowed to do that.

Why isn't it more important that I would destroy my children? They would never get over losing me. I know that. They would spend their entire lives wondering why their mother didn't love them enough. I can't do that to them. I love them so much. But I hurt. I want to cut. I want to do something that causes me a lot of pain. I didn't yesterday. I cried. I curled up in the fetal position and sobbed but I didn't self-harm. I even ate properly at all the appropriate times.

It is very hard to believe that I am worth taking care of. How could I possibly be worth any effort? But every body takes effort. Living in a body is work. You have to feed it and let it rest and treat it at least a little gently. I see how much effort bodies take because I care for two small ones. It's a lot of forking work. Doing the work for them makes me feel so bad. Why didn't anyone want to care for me? Why didn't anyone love me?

I feel taunted every day by the way I lived. I feel angry and jealous of my children. Why didn't anyone love me? Being nice to my kids makes me feel really bitter. I hate that I have to stop and make up what a good person would do because I don't know. I see my children do things and what I see in my head are these still-frame pictures of what happened to me when I did the same thing. I know what happened to me was wrong but I don't know what to do.

I feel over and over all day how bad I must be to deserve how I was treated. I feel like I am choking and drowning in how bad bad bad I am. I deserve to suffer. I deserve to be in pain. I deserve to be told to shut my fucking mouth. I shouldn't speak at all. I should be seen and not heard.

I don't want my kids to feel this way.

As an adult I feel so much shame for the things I don't know how to do well. All those things that other people spent long hours on during childhood. I hid. I didn't learn things. If I couldn't get it out of a book by myself it didn't exist. I had no way of going and learning skills or behaviors or activities.

I feel overwhelmed by how badly living in poverty was. I feel like I'm not over it. I don't know how to be someone who is safe. I only know what it means to be unsafe and in danger.

I miss my mom. I miss my mom so much that I would like to curl up and die to get away from missing her like this. I love my mommy. I want my mommy. I miss my mommy. But my mommy would hurt me. I think if I let my mommy hurt me again I wouldn't live through it. That's a lot of why I don't have contact with her any more. I was absolutely not going to be able to live through more. I can't be who she needs me to be.

I feel like I don't know who I am. I don't know what possible worth I might have. I don't feel very useful. But people aren't worthy or not based on work, are they? I don't know. I work very hard. It always feels like my work is inadequate. I am inadequate.

I don't intend to die today. I have stuff to do. I need to finish the box for Jenny. I need to send the care package off to the MDC woman who is leaving her abusive husband. I do things that make other people feel seen and important and loved. Why don't I feel that way? What would it take?

I have a truly amazing husband. I don't understand why he loves me so much. He's so patient and kind. He doesn't yell at me very often. I think he raises his voice a couple of times a year and it's only to be heard over ambient noise. Noah is so very nice to me. I feel so undeserving. Every so often I ask him if he is storing up bitterness over the things I make him put up with. I ask him if he wants to get even with me. He gets the most baffled look. He can't understand why I would think he feels that way. Experience.

I don't feel like I hold up my end of the bargain. I don't feel like I really make his life better. Certainly not enough better to justify putting up with me. I am so difficult. So unpleasant.

I wish I could get these voices out of my head. I would I could cut my mother's voice out of my brain. "Why do you have to be so unpleasant? Why are you so difficult?" I don't know, maybe because I was being raped and beaten and malnourished and neglected? Maybe that is why I was difficult? It really doesn't matter why. I shouldn't be inconveniencing anyone.

I want this panic and hate in my chest to leave. I want it gone. I want to not feel like my heart is racing and any minute terrible things will happen to me. Any minute Noah is going to turn on me and declare that he is well and truly sick of me--get out.

Instead, when I come back from the bathroom at 4:30 in the morning he talks to me for half an hour or so. When he hears me walk in the room he lifts his head from the pillow and smiles as he reaches for me. Having me near him makes him feel happier. I don't understand. How can I make someone happy?

Mental illness is a liar. My mother is a liar. My sister is a liar. The voices in my head are liars. They tell me I am bad. That I hurt people by existing. Everyone would be better off if I was dead. My sister used to tell me that. Everyone would be better off if you weren't here. I still believe it. And that's part of why I walked away from my family. If you are better off without me, fine be without me. That doesn't mean I have to die.

I'm feeling slightly weird about a few different interactions in my life. I can't talk about them. Going forward I need to carefully weigh, "Is this person my friend or is this person a relationship with my children" and if someone is more on the kid end I simply can't bring up issues. When I bring up issues I drive people away. I can't do that to my kids forever. I have to stop listening and stop caring about people. I need to ignore their behavior and avoid them myself while facilitating Shanna having access. Her boundaries are different from mine.

I can't keep pushing people away from my kids. The list of casualties in my life is long. And that woman who sent me the nasty Dear Jane letter just popped up again. She wants to reconcile because she misses me and she doesn't want to have a panic attack for two days every time she runs into me. I'll try real hard to care about your fucking panic attacks you stupid bitch.

I don't know what I would do if I didn't have Noah. I would be a lot more sad. I know that part. I don't feel like I deserve him. I know he is better than me. He tries to convince me that I am more educated but I'm having none of it. I don't have a degree higher than his. And his degrees are from an actually difficult university. I went to a state school so pathetic it no longer even has pride of place-name. Awesome.

I'm really tired. This week the running is getting to me. I'm sleeping but waking up feeling really bad. Yay depression? It doesn't matter if I'm depressed or if what I am doing is hard. It has to get done. Life moves on. We go to Disneyland in less than eight weeks. My marathon is in eight weeks and three days. Eep. That's a lot of fun to talk to Shanna about.

I have a lot of good in my life. I am privileged. I am pampered and kept safe. Why do I feel like I am still in danger? Why doesn't my brain believe my current circumstances? I don't know. But it's fucking annoying.

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