The daily post prompts of the last three days; Adrift, Unmoored, and Descend all succinctly describe my inner thoughts as of late. Perhaps depressed, anxious and floundering would be more accurate.
Continually vacillating between feeling justified and completely ridiculous by any real world standard; in my head it’s a panicked loop of: upcoming deployment, two great – but challenging – kiddos, single parenting for a year, sell the house, move to an apartment (but how will the dogs adjust?), get out of debt, don’t let the kids see you sad, exercise, eat right, self-care, walk the dogs, cook from scratch, feel crappy for not being grateful and wanting for things that don’t really matter (but matter to me), have a drink, get back on the wagon, mop the floor, keep the house clean because God forbid someone see the real you and how you live, don’t be so hard on the kids, those kids need more discipline, I’m doing it all wrong, I want to exercise, but my body hurts, my feet ache and my shoulders are numb again, feel guilty for not doing any and all of the above. Repeat at full volume and ever-increasing speed.
The other voice tells me to shut up and just “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” and it will be fine. You’re overreacting and overanalyzing. Maybe I am. Or maybe I’m clawing and scratching to get off the mental merry-go-round.
I’m grieving the loss of relationships. I feel like I’m being a bad person and completely relieved at the same time. I don’t want to hurt them. I don’t want a relationship with them and I feel like crap for thinking it out loud. They are not entirely to blame, and neither am I. It’s a dysfunctional pattern that’s gone on for so long it seems normal. I chose to step away for self preservation, only now I feel like I’m drowning in the consequence of it. Do I mend fences just to keep the so-called peace or forge ahead into uncharted territory? Feeling scared, sad, liberated, relieved, guilty, nauseous, uncertain, etc.
So where to from here?
I have absolutely no idea. I’m trying to take all this one task at a time and get through to the next thing. It’s raining here and has me feeling a bit melancholy. I’d like to take a nap, but I will walk the dogs.
Dogs make everything better. And snapchat silliness. Such as this:
Dogs and humor for me. What about you? What helps your anxious and or depressed heart and mind get through to a more even keel?
2 thoughts on “Irony”
Love, love everything about this and thank you for writing the words I can never find!
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You have kids and you have dogs… this is enormous wealth.
When You realize that the only thing that matters in life are health and life itself,
You’ll realize that you maybe do not have enough time to regret anything,
but to enjoy every single moment of your life.
When it’s time to exercise do anything, but do something. Do not calculate should you do it or not.
And laugh, smile and be happy. That’s the true value… be happy.
Do not waste that precious time of your life for any negative feeling.
One day, there will be no tomorrow…
If you really like to be depressed and afraid – take it as a candy 🙂 Only sometimes to indulge yourself 😉