I’m the 8th world wonder. No one can figure me out. I defy explanation. I’m either immersed in anorexia or burning my arm off. I’ve gained weight. I can see it, I can feel it, I can sense it, and I detest myself for it. Burning is a way of cleansing myself from my badness. Eating is bad, and I must be punished. I truly detest myself and death has transferred my thought process more than once.
This past weekend was Mother’s Day and I completely forgot until I was at the mall buying my thirteen year old god-daughter a swimsuit. I saw lots of “happy” families together, all dressed in their Sunday best, coming or going to church or a resteraunt. The day has no meaning for me. For one, our birth mother is in another country and we don’t speak unless she comes into town, which is about twice a year. Second, if she were here, there would be no fanfare. In fact, as I write this, I am reminded that they have an anniversary next week: I think it’s their 39th year of hell together. I used to pretend I loved them by throwing them parties on the special anniversaries. For their 25th anniversary, I threw them a huge party, catered food, a gorgeous cake, lots of presents, games, party favors. I’m good at throwing parties. I should have gone into the party planning business. For their 30th anniversary, I threw them a stellar backyard barb-e-cue that was cute, quaint, and loads of fun, courtesy of the alcohol. In between years I would get them a bottle of wine and a card or some such nonsense.
What did I ever get from them? Nothing. Zip. Nada. Not even a card. I never did anything for them because I expected something back, but let’s be real. An acknowledgement of my anniversary would be nice. Did I ever get it? No. Not even a quickly picked out card.
So Mother’s Day and thier ensuing anniversary mean and meant nothing to me.
I did go see Star Trek with my husband and god-daughters this weekend. I’m always dragging D. around to see a chik flick with me, so I thought I would see Star Trek with him, which before seeing I was incredibly unenthusiastic about it. But the movie was really good, and I suggest seeing it even if you’ve never watched one episode of Star Trek before.
I hurt. What a non-sequiter. I hurt, but I can’t feel it. Does anyone relate to that? It’s moments like these that the fire matches seem most inviting. If I can’t feel emotionally, I can feel something physically. It’s an itch that much be scratched. But I don’t want it. However, I feel a drive, a compulsion, a mandate that it must be this way. There is no room for negotiation. Do it or suffer the consequences. If I thought I was in pain now, just try to defy the one that calls for suffering and aches.
And the battle leaves me feeling extremely defeated, hopeless, and dead inside. If the eating disorder can’t be fixed, what hope do I have that my alternate addiction, self harm, can be fixed. My body is so disfigured from self inflicted cutting and burning. But I don’t stop. I did for a while, but the eating disorder is juxtaposed with the self harm and I’m still in the trenches. I call out for help, but either I’m just not heard, I don’t deserve to be heard, or I’m heard and no one is in a position to help me.
I know at this point I can’t help myself. And the world feels like its given up on me. What a lonely place to be.
I left and did it. I can breath again. If G*d exists, may he please forgive me.