I want to write about sex.
I want to write about the glorious way it feeds my creativity, and how deep pleasure is balm to my soul. I want to capture the absurd dichotomy of my existence as both single mom and sexual being, in long wet delicious sentences.
But then I would be a sex blogger. And I’m not brave enough for that.
I want to write about the tug of war going on in my brain, my anxiety and depression and PTSD and Imposter Syndrome.
But then I would be a mental illness blogger. I don’t want to be mentally ill, let alone write about it.
I’m inflamed with unexpressed ideas. It feels like sickness. Tender, feverish, swollen.
I want to bite off more than I can chew and chew longer.
I want to navigate the jagged edges of all my experiences, dance among the wreckage, celebrate the joy and the hideousness of every mistake I’ve ever made.
I want to write about the grief and anger that are spinning out of control, that feel like ground glass shredding me from the inside.
Instead, I am a phony.
Long ago I learned abuse and neglect as love. I am addicted to feeling never good enough, and the sweet momentary high when I’m mining for love and hit right into a silvery vein of approval.
Because in our first exchanges, you either criticized or ignored my writing, you felt like home. But this time, I WOULD be good enough. If only. If only.
I was new to the online world. And didn’t know that unwanted attention is part of the experience for many women.
You said it was because I had a sex blog. And that no one would take me seriously.
I turned to Brenda at Burns the Fire. Two years later, I have not forgotten how she saved me.
She told me, LOVE. Just, LOVE.
Yes, you are provocative, she said, and what’s wrong with that? Just LOVE.
I’m disconnected from what ever it is that people feel when they read me. When I sit at the keyboard all I feel is fear. The blood pounds in my ear so loudly all I hear is a verbal dance of madness.
I want to write stories of horrific post partum depression, the kind that makes you want to drown your own child. And how I crossed over to a love so deep, I’m the one drowning now.
But how tiring it is, that I need to share everything, down to the last blood cell.
I’m not funny on Facebook.
My rock tees are silly.
My beloved project was only popular because misery loves company. I left it over a year ago and once an arrow shot into the heart, it bled out.
I’m not a writer. I’m simply part of a cult that writes little 1000 word essays for other WordPress bloggers.
Yes, that is what I am. I have no evidence to the contrary.
Is that a bad thing?
*dances in a cult-like fashion around a WordPress statue*
I only use profanity because I’m a lazy writer. Yes, it’s an easy way to get a cheap laugh. Suck my dick.
I want to breathe fire into these keys and tear apart every fucking idea about what a blog should be
I want everyone to know that I’m crazy, and find it thrilling because it means I’m doing great things.
I want to Write Free!
Freedom feels like a walk along the ocean’s shore, accompanied by the cry of sea gulls and the briny smell and the wind blowing cooler than inland.
Freedom feels like a month in a
loony bin inpatient treatment center getting electroshock therapy to burn this out of my brain, for once and for fucking final.
The wrong person at the wrong time can build a nest right inside your insecurities and confirm for you that you are, in fact, nothing.
I have learned the hard, soul crushing way that writing your deepest tragedies leaves you open to pain almost as fierce as the tragedies themselves.
When someone you cherish asks for the fourth time why you moved out of NYC. Or asks you how your beloved brother died, when you spelled these things out in technicolor horror on posts they, in fact, commented on.
I learned the painful way that some of the people I love most don’t read what I write, and that sometimes, people leave comments to keep up appearances.
Which is like, inviting you to my brother’s funeral, and you showing up in a clown suit.
My posts are too long. I violated the formulaic 700 word rule. What’s the point in tapping out this sentence when everyone stopped reading by the time I wrote “sentence”?
This will be another story that I won’t publish, part of the daily bloodletting.
I write daily but publish infrequently.
Here. Here’s a recipe.
Vanilla Chai Frozen Smoothie
- 1 scoop vanilla chai protein powder
- I frozen banana
- ½ cup almond milk
Put everything in your smoothie maker thing. Turn that shit on. Eat it.
I often sob while I write. Out of sheer relief that comes with sharing my truth as transparently and vulnerable as humanly possible
Self sabotage is my comfort zone. I squander my life on drugs and terrible choices and people whose need to make me feel small meshes perfectly with my need to disappear.
I have been force-fed so many different versions of myself, there is nothing left but everyone’s idea of me.
He did not break me. I was broken when he found me.
He was just drawn to the glittering shards and could not help but grind them down into dust.
Please refrain from disparaging comments. Be encouraging.
I need positivity. Talk to me. I’m listening.