I have this insatiable bad habit of noticing the broken and seeing the damaged, and then immediately my mind and heart begins racing and my brain begins looking for solutions, remedies to heal, to help, and to pull all those broken pieces back together. I’ve always been this way, probably because that’s what I’ve needed most in this world. But, I’m really working on retraining my heart and my brain to say, “Not today.”
There are many little quips and memes that I pull from the card catalogue in my brain to help. One of my recent favorites, probably because I just visited the zoo, is to remind myself, “Not my monkey; not my zoo.”
Why this change of heart? Because I allowed myself to get lost, becoming stuck in that frame of mind and trying to save everyone around me. I’m the one that drowned. I’m the one that ran out of air. There was no one there to save me. I lost sight of all MY goals being so concerned with everyone else.
Please don’t get me wrong. I STILL care. I STILL worry. I STILL desire to see those I love healed, healthy and happy. I just came to the realization it’s not in MY power to give that to them. I can’t save them. They have to want to save themselves, heal themselves, and be happy with themselves. JUST LIKE I DO.
That’s what I’m doing. I’m healing myself. I’m working on getting my body, mind and soul back to a healthy medium. I am working on MY happiness. I’m not there yet, I’m just beginning, but I am walking in the right direction. Some days I take giant leaps, and other days I curl up in a tight ball and hold myself so tight just to feel arms wrapped around me. It hurts. God it hurts. Dealing with failure always hurts. Being unloved and unwanted by those you loved most ALWAYS hurts. Recovery always includes a mixture of pleasure and pain.
My good moments now outnumber my bad moments. I smile more often than I cry. My body is changing, getting stronger, slimmer, and more tanned and toned. My soul is mending one tiny rip at a time. I’m being surrounded by light instead of fighting alone in the darkness. My tribe is coming together and lending me strength and courage. My daughter is my biggest light and inspiration. My friends are beautiful to me. My new friends are water to my soul.
We’ve got ONE life, people, just ONE. I can’t afford to keep wasting what precious little time I have left in this world on stupid, shallow, vain, and selfish things or people. I value MY life too much to allow that bullshit to drag me down. I want my life to have value, to have meaning, to not be a waste of space. I am fiercely guarding my life from the stupid shit and people that don’t give a shit about their own lives and want to drag me down. I am learning to let people solve their own problems. You want to waste your life chasing after a drug instead of love – go for it. You want to be angry and spend all your time being destructive and blaming the world for your problems, being a manipulative asshole instead of becoming a decent human being – go for it. You want to be a shallow person and tick off your notches by fucking whoever whenever instead of investing in a real relationship – go for it. You want to hide from the world because it’s too uncomfortable, too inconvenient, or too scary to get out there, to face rejection, to face your fears in order to succeed in life – go for it. Don’t look to me for help anymore, because the only thing I’m going to say is, “Physician, heal thyself,” walk away and then shout to the heavens, “Not today!”
Till next time,