I’m brain deep in a conspiracy of lies.
A nastified little gremlin lives in the deconstruction zone of my confident facade.
His mission: expose my prodigious self doubt by verbally annihilating me with meticulously fabricated lies.
He’s good, too – he’s hot boxing his ditch weed, playing Flappy Birds, and killing me softly, without even breaking a sweat.
And to shut his FAT MOUTH up, I stop feeling.
Which perpetuates more lies.
And then I hide it all in an extravagant online cover-up.
Quite a network of lies.
I get dressed to go to work, and he says,
“Motorcycle boots? Grow UP, you fashion magazine ‘DON’T.’ Go home and rot until your AARP card comes, loser!”
And then the black vortex sets in.
But I can lie. And hide behind a gravatar and a whole lot of snarky comments.
I lie about the secrets I’m living, and the ones that infiltrate the grooves of my brain.
The Cycle begins…
Taste deafness. Everything tastes the same. Like nothing. When pizza tastes like fish, is there any reason to eat? So I don’t.
Brain fog. I lose my car keys/ wallet / train of thought / that thing I put on the thing / the – wait, what was I typing?
Forty-eleven voice mails about snow days and delayed openings. I end up bringing my kid to school on President’s Day. A national holiday.
Now I get to keep my crown as Neighborhood’s Weirdest Mom.
I can’t bring myself to wash my hair. That movement of my arms is too uplifting and victorious. Or I’m out of shampoo. Whatever. It’s a THING. I go for weeks.
Where will we go?
I brush the shit out of it, and wear backwards Kangol hats I own in every color. They were my signature look when I performed spoken word.
In the 90’s.
I look more pathetic than that director of Pulp Fiction, what’s his name, and him wearing a Kangol was how the term “asshat” was invented. But Who Cares?
I’m just deleting these from now on.
NO sleep. I drift off at gray milky dawn. The music of everything just stirring to life is an ironic lullaby precisely 90 minutes before I have to get up to get my kid ready.
I’m OVER this. He’s “gifted,” he can put a damn bagel in the toaster oven.
Mama please don’t sign the papers.
My students are looking at me funny. Check it, I know I look like a slump buster right now. What you should be worried about is that my brain is on planet Zorfly.
So I have no CLUE how to explain what the horizontal translation of the equation of a function on the XY coordinate plane is. Which means you’re FUCKED.
I stay in bed. I cancel work. I don’t leave the house unless I have to. For therapy. To pick my kid up at school. That’s the worst.
These women spend their days grooming to go home to husbands they never sleep with. How much eyeliner do you need to buy cold cuts?
I haven’t bathed in 2 days, my hair is in dirty dreds, this is the third day I’m in these clothes and
I smell like a cat that got fucked over a garbage can.
My shrink says my depression tells these lies:
1. I don’t matter
2. People don’t care
3. I’m an imposter
Number 3 is the Gremlin’s specialty mind fuck. It’s called “Imposter Syndrome” and it means I can internalize nothing I’ve accomplished.
My therapist is financing a beach house off of me and my Imposter Syndrome.
Number 2 – maybe, people don’t care?
Which is why I’m took Xanax to hit “Publish.”
Dr. Beach House wants me to reach out to people, but I’ve been independent since I was 16. I don’t like asking for help. I don’t want to be rescued.
But I’m over this Halle Berry Gothika nightmare.
I call my IRL BFFS. They don’t quite know what I’m saying; part sobs, part Barsoomian. They listen anyway. Dor sha-pan
Email is better. If I can feel my finger tapping the keys, I exist. I reach out.
And YOU are why I’ve healed enough to write this.
I get emails; offers to Skype or talk on the phone.
And each response is like novocaine in an excruciating impacted wisdom tooth.
The absence of pain is a beautiful thing.
TwinDaddy tells me there’s no need to suffer alone.
Jennie wants to rescue me from the abyss and mail me cupcakes.
Rara talks to me about the healing power of blogging. And helps me get this damn post up.
Sheena reminds me she’s always there if I need her.
Matticus tells me I’m amazing, and that I am LOVED.
Beth tells me she’ll walk in my rain, hell, she’ll hold the umbrella.
Guap reminds me that depression is a lying bastard.
REDdog is brilliant.
I told him I feared writing this, that no one might read it, and he understood. Because hate, he said, is not the opposite of love.
The truth is, when you’re ill is when you find out who your friends really are.
Yes. I said it. This is…
A mental illness.
It’s “situational.” It happens when my life implodes.
My illness is depression combined with some OCD combined with an urge to self harm.
Self-harm creates distance from emotional feelings. Picking until there’s blood is a distraction from the agony in my head.
Self harmers are encouraged to wear rubber bands around their wrists.
Last night, my kid and I are watching a movie and
That sucker did the trick.
Luckily my son is ADHD and he fidgets with SO MUCH SHIT he’d make Ghandi want to punch a cow. So, he just goes with it.
We had chips and salsa.
I chopped jalapeno pepper in my salsa. It stung like fiery hell. I was choking and snotting and tearing up. But it doesn’t scar.
My kid thought it was hilarious.
My gremlin popped in,
“Look at you, sad-dy face, your life is WORTHLESS. You’re watching a stupid hip hop movie with your ten-year-old, you know you turning him into a homosexual, right?”
Only I’m not even watching the movie.
I’m imagining myself
Hard by the tractor of an 18 wheeler. I bet that would be better than car sex, which I normally dig, cause how many things do we own that are both an object AND a location?
The back of my head blown away, big time, full-time, by a 45 caliber Glock, not some pussy “handbag” 22. I’d hold the gun sideways in my mouth, gangsta style.
This is suicidal ideation. It’s an OCD thing. People with suicide ideation don’t usually try to commit suicide. I personally have no interest in dying.
I just have these images.
Sometimes, for me, they’re pleasurable to the point of erotica. I’d be jacking off to them if I could feel my vagina.
And sometimes frightening.
Which is why I can’t drive to my bestie’s house and lay on her couch while she feeds me tea.
I’m afraid to drive 100 miles.
Between snapping rubber bands, replaying my erotic deathscape, and blowing jalapeno snot out of my nose, who has the energy to shampoo?
Little Dude asks, “Mama, how exactly during intercourses does the sperm fertilize the egg?”
WHAT THE FUCK?
“Where did you learn that?”
“They’re teaching THAT in 4th grade?”
“Well, only to the kids whose parents signed off on it.”
That’s what happens when you’re in a depression. You sign things you have no memory of signing.
Now my blog isn’t a lie.
I’m sitting here.
Under my blankey.
Under eye circles like Uncle Fester.
My kid’s googling “intercourses.”
Number 1 IS a lie.
1. You’re reading this, and maybe you feel less alone?
2. I’m my son’s only mother.
He gets all I can muster. At night, when we cuddle, he strokes my face and tells me how much he loves me.
That’s how I know I matter.
Everyone keep saying it’s been such a hard winter, and I’ll feel better when it’s spring.
I personally love the fall.
Did you know that leaves don’t actually change color?
Those are the underlying colors of the leaves.
They’re just covered in green, like a veil, because of the chlorophyll. In the fall, the leaves stop producing chlorophyll.
The green veil lifts.
And what remains are those brilliantly vivid colors of fall leaves.
They were there, all the time.
They were just covered.
Quentin Tarantino! That’s his name! Awesome flicks!
But he looked like an idiot in those hats.
I’m SO washing my hair.
Author’s note: I’ve been listening to Lenny Kravitz’s debut album Let Love Rule compulsively. Fuck Cinna in Hunger Games. Kravitz is a genius songcrafter. Played every single instrument on the record.
This track is dirty funk; a retro ode to 70’s R&B. This dude can pocket a bass groove; he’s got the raw, gritty vocals; and I dig the 60’s uplifting Farfisa organ at the bridge. It gives me hope.
“And all I do, is sing the blues…”
Do you ever get depressed? Or know someone who does?
Talk to me. I’m listening.