Posts tagged my head
Posts tagged my head
Maybe I’d have more followers and more people that actually talked to me if I didn’t post so many shirtless men/actually tried to be social on this thing.
I only go out with guys named Justin, Mike, or Jimmy. Seriously, it’s like a revolving door of names. If a guy named Stephen wants to hang out I’m just going to give up and move to an Asian country where people will have completely non-Anglo names.
Extinction is not
Death. It’s the death of future.
Lifetimes lost in one.
I should care less about the people and things that don’t matter. I should care more about that which does matter.
What matters, though? What is important?
My goals remain the same. I’m still trying to keep this ship on an even keel, but does that mean I’ve no say in path I take to shore? Sometimes I feel like don’t. I get angry. Should I always have to feel like I’m letting people down? Or is it my fault? Am I making myself feel this way? Is my anxiety so overabundant that it creates scenarios from nothing? I don’t know. No one has really come outright and said they are unhappy or disappointed in me. Is my own unhappiness with myself what I see mirrored back at me in the eyes of my friends?
It’s the anxiety that keeps me from going to the gym though I know I need to. It’s what keeps me from speaking my mind though I know keeping quiet only worsens problems. Has this fear been with me all the time? I think I used to be fearless. Maybe I was just drunk? Maybe I’m only fearless when it comes to games I know I can win? I don’t feel like there’s anything I can win these days. My strength is returning, but but even before almost snuffing myself my physical prowess was nothing to tout. My love life is as sad as ever. My voice doesn’t even fill me with confidence anymore, and when I do sing I hold back. I don’t even feel like I’m writing this properly, and have almost deleted it twice.
I don’t want to fall back into the same old tracks I’ve always walked, but this whole experience of becoming a completely different person is difficult and there is no clear-cut map. I don’t know if what I’m doing is right. I don’t even have a scale of right and wrong to measure it against. Right? Right for whom? For me? I thought my old life was right for me, and then it almost ended. Who is to say this one will be any better? What if the choices I’m making lead me right back to the bottom? Maybe that’s why I’ve such anxiety?
I just can’t sit in stasis forever.
Just two more days, and I’m in my own Fisherman’s Horizon. I need this so bad.
“Now you realize how much you took it for granted.”
My cousin said this to me as he helped me place my clean clothes on hangers and into my closet. I was making very little headway on my own, as my left hand still only has about 10% of its functionality due to my damaged tendons and nerves. I stopped haphazardly affixing a pair of pants to a plastic hanger and looked at him. For someone as young as he is, he’s incredibly good at being practical and compartmentalizing his emotions. Normally I enjoy his viewpoint on things. He is level-headed and cool where I am passionate and heated. We compliment each other in most situations. Not this one.
“Took what for granted?”
“I didn’t. You cannot take a hand for granted.”
He laughed.”Yes you can.”
“No. You can’t.” And I explained.
A hand is not a privilege. It is not some gift that I was given and then squandered. It’s not a gadget, perk, talent, acquisition or mutation. It is an intrinsic part of my being that I have learned to use and depend on since the very day I was born. It is mine. An argument that could be made is that some people are born without hands, or arms, or legs, etc. Should I not feel guilt that I am bitching about losing the use of my hand when some people lose—or never have—so much more? That argument is absurd and steeped in self-hate and indoctrinated religiously influenced guilt. I do not believe in God, and therefor do not take to this idea that I was created and must treat my body like some sort of artifact on loan from heaven; constantly thankful for my ten fingers and constantly guilty for even thinking of being upset should something fail to work just right. “Oh no, I shouldn’t complain. Remember that one lady born with only a right leg?” Fuck that. I owe nothing, not to anyone, for my opinions about my own body. I could use my hand a month ago with enough skill to control the tip of bullwhip into an insect. I could cast a fishing line a hundred feet. I could catch a frisbee. I could paint my nails. I could type a note. I could wave hello. I could touch someone and feel it. Now only my pinky feels anything other than numbness and vague, sharp pain. I am allowed to be upset. I am allowed this without some lesson having to be learned. One’s body is his or her own. Is it selfish to want something missing to return? And if it is, is it really wrong? No, it isn’t, and being made to feel humbled by my experience is insulting.
So no, my rage at not being able to use my hand is notbecause I took it for granted. It is because I was stupid, and one act of stupidity has rendered me less functional than I was, and I may very well never be back to the way I was before. I am going to have to relearn how to do every single task that involved my hand.
And all that rage does is make me want to work even harder, if not to regain use of my self-destroyed apparatus, then to function just as well without it.
For all the times you called me yours. For all the times you said “nibbles” in that stupidly cute tone of voice as you bit me on my shoulder. For all the times we went to the movies. For all the times I defended you when my friends said you were a jerk. For all the times my mother said you were no good and I said she was wrong. For that time I bottomed for you even though it really hurt and I have issues with it. For that time I slashed my arm open and you kept pressure on it while the paramedics arrived. For that time you sat with me in the hospital while I almost died and you said that you loved me.
For all of that, and for saying “I guess I’m too busy for a boyfriend,” I hope you experience everything that I just mentioned…
And I hope you have it forcibly ripped away.
In the words of the great Pam Grier:
“Death is too easy for you, bitch! I want you to suffer.”
I’m actually a bit nervous about getting my cast off and sutures out today. I’m not scared of the pain, I’m worried about the scar. It’s been under some sort of cast for almost a month, and I’ve only had to look at it once. I’m not ready for it to be out for everyone to see, and I’m not ready to have to make up some elaborate lie as to why I have it. Also it’s been somewhat easy to ignore how badly I’m damaged. It’s been just shy of a month, and I still can’t use my hand. Without the cast I’m going to have to face the fact my hand may never work right again.
If it were winter I’d simply wear one of my coats and a long glove on my arm, but since it’s over 100 degrees most days I don’t think I’ll be doing my Rogue impression anytime soon, despite my bi-colored hair.
My friends want me to go out of town with them in a week for birthday party shenanigans and drinking. My mom wants me to come stay with her to “relax and straighten out my priorities.” I haven’t the heart to tell them I just want to hide in my house. I really don’t want to be seen by anyone. I feel broken at best, ugly and branded with a Scarlet Letter-magnitude mark of shame at worst.
And I’m pretty sure my boyfriend is over me. It’s not painful, not like my arm. I just wish he’d say it so I can shift my focus fully over to myself and my recovery, such as it is. Communication isn’t his forte, though.
It’s been 26 days since I quit smoking.
I don’t even feel like me these days. I’m completely lost.
You harbor resentment that your problems are greater than they need to be. However there is a feeling that with effort you can overcome them. Whether or not this is true, it will tend to leave you feeling less hopeless than those who do not feel a sense of impact upon the world around them. You takes pride in being able to change course when problems evolve and there is a distinct sense of agency, which can help to address rising anxiety caused by lack of success.
You are a highly refined individual who takes pleasure in your capacity for discernment. When you feel that this sense is compromised or that your abilities are not appreciated however, you can feel intense and unrelieved anxiety. You are often obsessed with sincerity and genuineness as a means of protecting yourself from exploitative forces in the world around you. You are very demanding in emotional relationships, but respond in kind. Similarly, you have developed a shell of self control around your innate overly trusting nature.