Learning new corners of
loneliness. Sometimes, random people call and ask for different things...today it was someone with a quote for car insurance: So, it's just you and John, right? awkward pause... and I get to say "He...is dead. He died last summer."
I don't have anything to say. Other than the things I feel I have been saying, in a variety of ways, for the last what seems like an eternity. I want to be a better person. I want to drink less. I want to do, um, fewer things that hurt me. I want to stop wishing I wasn't alone. I want to NOT be alone. I know I have far more than soooooooooo many people. I also know that each of us have our own journey. What we deal with is what he have. We make of our "gifts" what we are able to make...whether or not they feel like actual gifts.
I remember when John was ill, I used to watch Super Nanny with my oldest sometimes. We'd laugh and be shocked at some of the things the kids would do... he would say "Mom, I would NEVER do that!" There was an ad for one of the episodes in which this woman had three kids who were just out of control. She was hysterical, talking to the Nanny about how her husband had died and left her with three kids and she wasn't supposed to be doing all this alone. I switched the channel and never watched it again.
I know that comparing yourself to others is not really ever helpful, which is fine because I don't even know who to compare myself to...if I look at that Super Nanny lady, I am KICKING ASS. If I look at parts of my life and think about how my mother went down the drain, I am terrified. If I think of some of the choices my mother-in-law made, I think I'm doing okay-ish...then, there is all my online friends who run. I want to be that person! I don't want to drink and wallow. I want to do things that are active and healthy. But this is what I do...pain makes you more of who you were anyway. I am loving. I am a great mom. I am a sporadically okay house keeper. I have a high mess tolerance. I over think things. I have a dorky sense of humor. I love dancing and reading and being outside. I have learned to accept help, mostly because I know how deeply I want to help other people, and because I remember how much time and heart I have spent doing just that. And I write. I love to write. I write to understand what I am, who I am, what I want to do and how I want to be.
And now, I am going to bed. Every day, I wonder so many times a day how I will continue to find my way. I never have a f*cking answer. I do what I do. I just keep swimming. And I know I have found my tribe. My beliefs about myself, the universe, the people that matter and the things that matter...they are solidifying. So at least there is that.