My poor boyfriend ought to come into our room at any moment to find me sobbing like a baby. I can’t hold it in any longer today. I am trying not to freak out but I think I am freaking out.
I first showed up in my therapists office about 5 years ago now, claiming that I am “just naturally thin” and that “my mom is my best friend”. Both of those lines were slightly blurred. I had managed to finally arrive in that office, in search of EMDR Therapy, because my mother had told me I needed to. That I needed to get this therapy and to “hurry up and try it” so that “maybe” she “could try it too”. Well, here we are 5-ish years later and I am still working on my EMDR whilst my mother will most likely never try it because “it takes too long” and she can’t seem to decide wether or not she needs therapy.
I am not one to tell anyone that they need therapy, that is something you need to decide for yourself and I have always said that if you can live with life and your mental health is not bothering you enough to seek out help then you are probably fine without out it. But my mother could use a session or 2.
I miss my father immensely, I wish I could just speak with him, I look at his photo and it makes me cry harder. I wish he was here to give me one of his famous hugs and to tell me not to worry about my mother. He was always very observant and empathetic, something I am realizing my mother is not. He noticed when my 7 year old self was not doing well and he tried to get me out. He noticed when I was losing weight in high school and he knew it was more then just shedding some puberty-weight. He always reassured me that he loves me and I knew I was wanted. He encouraged me and allowed me to be myself.
My mother not so much. She has controlled so much in my life that now that I am leaving I am terrified. I don’t know how to be myself anymore for fear of being not taken seriously or perhaps even lectured on life. I can’t tell her how I really feel for fear of being gaslighted. Something my mother is very good at.
This is what hurts the most. Feeling as though I can’t even tell her how I am feeling about the events of the past month/year. I am so angry that I have been working so hard to do EMDR therapy and I am in the thick of it now, and now is when I am being forced to move. The EMDR therapy I “had to get” because of traumas that she helped create.
I know that it is best for me to go. It is time for me to go. I should have gone a long time ago. Perhaps I am angry with myself. I allowed myself to end up in this position. I am sad that I am not yet the person I am supposed to be. I let myself down too many times and this is my consequence. I listened to someone who did not know what they were talking about and I dismissed my needs and wants in exchange for pleasing someone else.
* * * 12 HOURS LATER * * *
I need to remind myself that this move is the start of my new and improved life. I thank my lucky stars that I found someone that shines light into my life, sees me for me, and loves me unconditionally. I don’t even want to think about what my life would be like without him. When he first came along a few years ago I promised myself I would stop making decisions based on my mother. He was one of my first decisions and it has been the best one I have made in a long time. We decided to move together and I am committed to moving with him. I am also committed to finding myself and learning to love life again. I know that this is a step I need to take in order to find my happiness. I should be excited, not terrified. I have found something that I never thought I would, love and acceptance. I need to focus more on the love and acceptance part and try to let the fear go.
PHEW. A few moments of mulling that [last] thought over and I am feeling a little less teary. WHOA. This post is kind of all over the place but I am posting it anyways because I took the time to write some things that I would like to remember.
After feeling anxious and crying last night and then having a repeat this morning I am tired. At the same time I don’t want to sleep, I want to work towards my new and improved life.
Maybe I will pack some more stuff.