There was a time about five years ago when life got really overwhelming for me. Right around that same time, I got really active on Twitter. At first, it was mostly passive-agressive posts with hidden meanings meant to be snarky to the other parties involved in the drama and chaos that my life had become. Slowly though, as I recognized that feeding into that drama just perpetuated my own misery while providing those folks with endless entertainment at my expense, my posts began to evolve.
Favrd existed. I began following only those folks who made me smile, and even laugh. I stopped looking at the pages of those people involved in the drama. I remembered that I use humor as a defense mechanism, and I made a deal with myself to stop posting whiny crap, and to start joining in the fun. Favrd fed my ego. I garnered a whole lot of “followers” (not as many as the *really* cool kids, but… enough to make me feel like I had value as a person independent of who I had been for so many years before my life got turned inside out).
I honestly believe that in many ways, the folks on Twitter, Favrd, and eventually Tumblr saved my sanity in 2008. I went on to find that I really could choose to be happy. I met someone, and since she wasn’t really an online kinda girl, my Tweets and Tumbls got fewer and far between, and I fell out of touch with many of the online folks I had come to see as friends. But I never, ever forgot the fact that without the redirection of my energy into entertaining a crowd of people I’d likely never meet face to face, I could have remained in a really crappy place for a whole lot longer.
That relationship was filled with the highest highs, and some of the lowest lows, and after almost 4 years, it may really have ended for the last time. After the events of 2007, I genuinely never believed I would feel pain like I felt back then. I thought that after that experience, I’d been immunized against that kind of paralyzing, exhausting, hurt and anger and sadness that goes along with the end of something in which you’ve invested so much of yourself. I was wrong. The difference this time is that I know deep down that I can choose how long to hurt. I can choose to redirect my energy in a positive way without it erasing or minimizing the impact this relationship had in my life. Choosing to stop wallowing in the pain doesn’t make the memories less real, nor does it erase the mistakes each of us made that brought us to where we are.
For some reason, though, I am having a really hard time with actually taking that step forward out of the pain. Leaving the pain behind represents admitting failure, and probably admitting that all hope is lost. It represents forgiving her for promises she couldn’t keep. It still feels as if somehow the longer or more intensely I hurt, I can act as a sort of emotional voodoo doll that will make her understand or change her mind. It won’t. This time, I know it won’t. And yet… when I catch myself laughing I feel I am betraying something by forgetting to hurt for just a moment.
So here I am back on Tumblr. Maybe I’ll find the courage to step into the light again, and maybe I’ll just find that you guys are still as entertaining as you were a few years ago, and be inspired to find the humor in this whole shit show.