Every so often I will talk to someone New Agey and they ask me how they can be more sensitive of my "triggers". I laugh and tell them not to worry about it. My triggers are mine. The world can't be responsible for them.
I don't know how to tell people that I don't want them to tell me to relax. Don't tell me to take a deep breathe. Don't tell me to breathe into it. My earliest memories of my father involve him whispering into my ear, "Shhhhhhhh. Relax. Breathe into it. If you relax it won't hurt. If you relax then your face won't move. Relax. Let it happen. It's going to happen. If you don't relax it is going to be much worse for you."
We we were in a group of people. The details are vague. People were moving nearby and I was practicing how to exhale slowly and carefully without flinching. I remember that I tried to smile at him. I said, "I lalu Daddy."
"I lalu too, baby. Shhhhhh. Relax. You're getting tense."
Sometimes people ask me why I don't "just forget" what happened. I don't seem to be capable of denial as a defense mechanism. I feel haunted. I hate that I feel like a victim so much of the time even when nothing bad is happening. I'm just waiting for the next bad thing. It is inevitable. Who is going to hurt me next?
I'm working a lot harder at keeping people at a careful distance when I talk to them. I went to a party last weekend. I did the social chit chat thing without crying. That's a big victory for this year. I feel pathetic. I feel a lot of other things but I'm not ready to write about any of them.
Sometimes it feels strange to me that I can talk explicitly about sexual abuse that happened when I was a toddler through child but I feel quite squeamish about getting specific about what I feel about anyone I am having ambiguous feelings about. Once I'm on a side of a fence then I spill the beans. I don't want to dither about people more than I have to. It's not nice.
I'm trying to figure out what and how that works for me. If I'm afraid of it then I will almost start doing it at some point. I have to wait till the kids move out. They didn't sign on to that much asinine public shit.
I'm worrying about publicity and disclosure. Which is hilarious because Noah isn't. Sometimes I think I keep him around because he reminds me a lot that I get to exist. I'm allowed to have opinions. I'm allowed to be an asshole in public. The world won't end. Sometimes assholes say true things. Not very often. Even assholes can't be worse than a broken clock.
I don't actually think I'm much of an asshole online. Once in a while. Now I'm babbling. I don't want today to start. I'm feeling very low on reserves. Luckily a Complication is coming for tea. I have therapy again tonight. I have a feeling that tonight is going to be the kind of night where I have a lot of trouble not beating my head on concrete.
It takes a lot of pain at this stage of my life to block out the experience of remembering things I don't want to remember.
The worst part is that people always want to tell me to relax. Breathe into it. I want to fucking puke. I want to put my head through a window. Maybe the glass will be sharp enough to cut his voice out of my brain.
Shanna has been telling me to relax. I can't explain to her why I sometimes have tears run down my face. I'm trying, Shanna. I'm trying. That is not something my body believes it is safe to do. I don't say that. I say, "Because I'm so happy that I have someone like you in my life now."
I think a lot about how the "parent by choice" sets a persons self-perceived value.