I can’t believe it! Here I am, after a small hiatus, writing again. These last few months have been a trip. In September I fell into a pretty deep writers block so posting was not an option, nor was writing just in my journal. Looking back over those last few posts I realize that I really did need to take that time to get better, to work on just living instead of living and trying to document everything at the same time. So I have returned really a very different person than I was in September and feeling like I can write and offer something thoughtful again, something not mired in sadness.
I am sitting at the coffeeshop right now and have my headphones in. I usually can sit at the coffeeshop and write with the background noise, no problem. But today mister throat clearer has returned. This fucker drives me insane. He sits and drinks his coffee staring straight ahead and just clears his throat about every ten seconds. Its fucking ridiculous. Even with my Itunes going I can still hear his damn throat clearing. Ah. I wonder if he even realizes that he’s doing it. And I should mention that it is not just a throat clearing….it almost sounds like a kind of mix of moan and grunt one might hear in the throws of the night. So gross. I might actually need to step outside and smoke for a minute just to get away from this disgusting-ness.
I am killing time waiting to go into work in two hours. Yes, I am still waiting tables at the same place and the situation has improved considerably basically because I have improved considerably!! I now go to work and am not living everyday in fear that it will be my last. I am getting along with my coworkers and actually doing a fairly good job everyday. So far I have had really happy customers and a boss that leaves me the hell alone, which is nice.
Why this change? Excellent question. About mid september I started seeing another therapist on top of my talk therapy. Candy Smith is licensed in Somantic Experiencing. It is a new therapy, developed about 13 years ago, that came about through a doctors study of animals in life threatening situations. It is for victims of trauma, like me….thanks mom, who are not able to cope in their daily lives because they find their bodies constantly in a state of heightened arousal. When in fight, flight or freeze in the limbic system your brain is not allowing regular processing to happen. So a few months back I was very out of control, constantly on alert and unable to go along perform daily thinking tasks, like successfully waiting tables, because I always felt I was in danger. The idea is through this therapy your body relearns how to react to stressors and how to calm itself down. It is difficult to explain but it has been life changing. After beginning the therapy in late September I am a completely different person.
I used to be so reactive to everything. I used to get overwhelmed and let that affect how I interacted with friends and family and how I performed my job. Candy has retrained my body, primarily my central nervous system, to no longer be in this state of heightened arousal. I am a really calm person now, by comparison, and I no longer see threats looming around every corner. It’s interesting that this therapy that I can scarcely articulate has helped me in innumerable ways. I originally sought it out because I was so sick in September. I was so agitated that I was literally unable to keep food down. The longer this went on and the more my talk therapist and I examined it the more I came to realize that I needed to try anything to get out of that state and literally had nothing to lose. I am so glad I made that choice.
Nowadays I am really chill. I have the ups and downs of being me and having a harder than normal to regulate brain, but I make it through okay. I haven’t been suicidal since October, I dropped a ton of my meds, and I am performing better at work and being better at my life. Yeah, I still have problems, money, loneliness, a bad relationship with my mother, but these things don’t consume me and that’s the important thing. I don’t feel like I am a failure at life anymore. I feel really good.
I am going to drop this off for now, but I will be back, posting on a regular basis again, so I can fill the void in about my progress and struggles like I was doing before. Feels good to be typing right now. Feels great actually!