day 1,555

haven’t been on here in a long while, though i have been thinking about the blog. i opted for morning pages (a la the artist’s way) a few months ago, instead of morning blog posts and in some funny ways i am saying the same sorts of things there that i used to say here. i am still tired, all. the. time. and cranky in the mornings, that’s why i get up approximately four hours before i have to show up for anything or talk to anyone else. i am still restless in my career, or is it in my life? and wondering when things will start to get interesting. i simultaneously hate covid and love it because the introvert in me can justifiably stay home and never get dressed and read for 12 hours a day. the part of me that is petrified of being lazy hates it because it feels like i am wasting my whole entire life, how can someone spend so many days//weeks//months literally doing the exact same thing, which is to say, precisely nothing of substance, while holding up some facade that life continues on as normal and this is totally like all the other chapters of my life? the cognitive dissonance is crushing.

anywho–i wanted to jump on and say today is day 1,555 of not drinking, which is epically exciting oh, and i love numbers. triple 5’s has got to be some sort of good luck. it is also Day Three of not using food addictively, probably the 100th of its kind, which is depressing and boring and flat. i miss donuts and yet i know they have nothing left to offer me. there’s “no sparkle left,” as a friend says. i have struggled on 99.9% of those 1,555 days with my food and it feels like i may finally be ready to walk away, for good. i didn’t get sober to live like this, a slave to food, obsessed and manipulating and crazed and ultimately just as sad and empty as i was when i was drinking. fuck, life is hard and addiction is a progressive disease. here’s to freedom and sanity and serenity, and maybe the eventual end of covid? i keep reading about “when this pandemic is over” and i’m more than a little trepidatious… how am i going to just “bounce back” and resume normal activity? talk about shell shock. i’m nervous and not sure what to expect, but excited? i guess we’ll see.

66 days to feel like a habit

well they say on average it can take 66 days for a new behavior to feel like a habit. somewhere between 17 and 254 or something ridiculous. 66 is the average. so yesterday i hit 66 days of blogging in a row. it does feel like a habit. it also feels empty and pointless and sad. i think i’m going to take a break until i have something important to say or til i don’t know when. today was a shitty day. i hope tomorrow is better. streak or no streak, new habits or not. life marches on into a new year.

the first day

Day One almost in the books. rather unconventional from our normal schedule perspective but very restorative. on to watch more homeland and making some dinner and maybe a movie. i just have to figure out what’s causing these awful stomach aches 😦 ughhh not a welcome recurrence.

i hope that 2021 brings lightness and ease and gratitude. i hope 2021 is a joy-filled year of new things and old things and exploration and steadiness. i hope i can wrangle my nervous system into a more calm, relaxed state more of the time, and that i start to reap some benefits of all this hard work. thankful for a new year and a clean slate and a fresh beginning ❤ cheers

the final day

today is the last day of 2020. my goodness, what a ride. i am glad it’s over but it has had its wonderful moments. namely, 2020 will always contain the best day of my life thus far: my wedding day. the most perfect collection of moments and memories that i cherish, and beautiful photographs to remind us. now we just need to get a photo book so we can look at them all!

otherwise, 2020 was a hard year. i started a new job in January and got a few months under my belt before COVID forced us all to go home March 16th. working from home was a new experience for me, one i did not enjoy right away and now could not fathom giving up. the ease and convenience and simplicity of just doing my job, not having to juggle 85 other things and makeup and an outfit and commute and lunch and small talk at the coffee pot, phew. so much easier.

we did a lot of dog/cat/housesitting which is always fun, but grew tiring after a while. we had a bunch of races and a triathlon planned, one by one getting postponed or finally cancelled. we probably had travel plans, though i can’t even remember now where we were going to go. we sprinkled a few mini camping trips in the Adirondacks and Western NY over this summer but it was much quieter than we would have otherwise had. all in all, a year of monotonous days and a giant heaping of worry, topped with uncertainty.

i appreciate the many long walks i took this spring and summer, when walking was the only thing i could think of and podcasts filled my ears for hours. i appreciate my snuggly cat and our awesome dog, who’s having a rough go of it at the moment and i so hope she rallies for another little or long while. i am grateful for my job that has helped me make an enormous dent in my student loans and my boss, who is wonderful. i appreciate our awesome house and housemate, the father in law, who’s endless antics are a surefire recipe for a laugh and who will never turn down a good hug. and i cherish my husband, my biggest fan, my never-stop-believing-in-you supporter and anchor and comedian and fellow adventurer. it’s been a long simple year, filled with blessings and challenges. what other kind is there? ❤

commitment

i heard this quote once, “commitment is an exclusionary process.” when you commit to something, you are inherently saying no to all the other things you could be doing with your time, energy, and money, by saying yes to this one thing. you better be darn sure you want to commit to it as expensive as it is, costing all this effort and opportunity cost. i have been thinking about this lately, how i want to be able to half commit to a bunch of things, so that i can do whatever i want on any given day and not have to let anyone (or myself) down and yet it’s not impossibly hard to still show up and hold up my end of the bargain. well, i think half ass commitments will generate half ass results, or worse. i think that kind of defeats the whole point.

i am not sure i am one for new year’s resolutions. or put it this way, i have a stellar track record of failing miserably at any new year’s resolution i have ever made, so i prefer to downplay their importance as i continue to feel impossibly stuck and broken. however, i can’t deny the fresh, shiny, new feeling of a new year, of a blank slate, and the lure of starting over or making a clean break from the past. i know everyone is saying 2020 is above and beyond the year we need to move on from ASAP, and fully close the door on, to do an about-face so 2021 is totally different. obviously nothing much will be immediately different when we wake up on Friday than it was the night before, but still the symbolism remains.

i think 2021 can be the year i stop medicating my depression with food. entering my fourth year of sobriety what if i chose to face my experience fully and unobscured from Day One and see how it goes? i am rather set on healing and feel like at this point it’s gotta be inevitable, given i have been hammering away at it for, oh i don’t know, 14 years or something. maybe 21 if you wanna take the long view. i see no reason why i can’t attack this head on and actually do something drastic that i have never done before. my record stands at 37 days for “food sobriety” if you will, we’ll see if i can’t make it further this year. 37 out of 365 is pretty slim progress, ha. 10% of a year. i hope with all my heart that i can turn a corner in 2021 and finally be free from this horrible & destructive coping skill i learned so early on. here goes nothing.

life is hard

sometimes i wish i could just start over in a new life with a new body and a new set of problems that, surely, would be easier than the ones i have now. i am so tired of fighting the same battle and losing. and climbing the same mountain just to tumble down the other side, again. i know it’s futile but i wish it were easier. i just want a couple days of easy, or a couple months. why can’t i have that?

i am facing another quite normal day at work and it’s like the hardest thing ever, to stomach a whole day of productivity, and exerting effort and creating output. i truly don’t understand how people do this for decades on end. i mean, i can hardly stand to do it for a year. how come i get bored and lose interest in something so quickly, while other people seem to be bursting with enthusiasm that doesn’t run out? i swear, i am missing an enzyme or something that i just can’t muster any spunk anymore, for anything, if i ever could.

i hope that today goes easy on me. i hope that i can find some good things tucked away inside all the obligation and must-do’s and endless churn of tasks. i hope that i can sleep better tonight. i went to bed two hours early last night and instead of getting two extra hours of sleep, i woke up two hours before the alarm and laid there, wide awake. i don’t think there is anything more infuriating. i’m really at my wit’s end of tolerance. i want to give up. i just want a break.

monday

oh Monday, i wish you weren’t here yet. i am not ready to go back to work and back to normal life. it has been a nice little bubble of do-nothing-ness for four days and i haven’t had my fill of laziness yet. i am still exhausted, still trying to catch up on sleep, and waiting to feel better. no luck yet. this is a short week, but that fact does nothing to console me at the moment. i guess i just keep going, what else is there to do?

i have been thinking lately how much longer am i going to blog every day? i’m bored with it and feel like i have nothing to say. i think it’s great i made it 62 days or something but now what? maybe my lens is just colored by my exhaustion and fatigue and literally nothing sounds good except sleeping for a week straight. and when i wake up, sleeping some more. 😦

i was talking to my doctor the other day about sleep and how i am always so tired and he basically said well there’s no way to know if you have depression because you have shitty sleep or you have shitty sleep because you are depressed, or maybe both. it’s a chicken or the egg problem and that’s the best we can do right now. fuck that. i refuse to accept that. that i can be the only person on this planet who is this fucking tired on a daily basis after 8 hours of sleep a night. no. i refuse to accept that this is as good as it gets. maybe i need 9 hours or 10 hours. fuck me. i don’t know what i need, other than to get thru this Monday and the rest of 2020 and start over on a clean slate. sigh.

gratitude

i hate when someone suggests i write a gratitude list. perhaps for this reason i especially need to do one. i am grateful for my husband, who never gives up on me no matter how insufferable i become. i am grateful for my cat who love to snuggle no matter how many times i smush my face into his fur. i am grateful for my job, which has been a bright blessing in COVID and helped enormously toward paying off my student loans. i am grateful for the house i live in which is gorgeous and cozy and homey. i am grateful for sam harris whose deadpan voice guides me in meditation and wise insight makes me think (and laugh) through his podcast. i am grateful for my sobriety, without which i would have no life left to be grateful for. i am grateful for my health which is pretty good, all things considered. i am grateful for my yoga practice which has kept me company through the last nine years. i am grateful for my love of words which makes it fun to write things like this blog. i am grateful for my body which has never given up on me either, no matter how shitty i have treated it. i am grateful for my bed which is pretty damn comfortable. i am grateful for sunrises and walking the dog and the smell of coffee. and i’m grateful for another day to relax and unwind before going back to work tomorrow.

if the only prayer you ever said was ‘thank you,’ it would be enough.

flux

this is the weird time, between christmas and new year’s. it’s such an odd lull, normal but not quite normal days. i mean it’s Saturday, i guess. but it doesn’t feel like Saturday. we stayed up til almost midnight watching die hard 2, after watching die hard on christmas eve. turns out i had never seen either one, and they were great. i love bruce willis. especially 33 and 35 year old bruce willis, how odd that he was once the age i am now. i guess that’s how time works.

anyhow the entire day got switched around because of our off kilter schedule. we slept in and ambled around, doing some stuff. now it’s 3pm. jeez where did the day go? i figured i gotta blog before it gets away from me any more, but i don’t feel like it. i much prefer the quiet hour before daybreak when the whole world sleeps and i can be alone with my thoughts. now it’s just blah middle of the day catatonia and nothingness. i think it’s also the strangeness of the time of year. i can’t believe the year is ending and another one starting. feels like we just did this. 2020 was such a wild ride but still just one year, like all the others. 366 days but eventually it, too, comes to a close. i don’t really have any idea where we’ll be one year from now, what 2021 holds in store. hmmmm oh well.

i guess i need to be ok with that. life is so weird, yet don’t i already know that? of course i do. here’ s to another day, another weekend of who knows what. relaxing and reading and watching homeland and staring out the window. downtime is good time, my new mantra.

merry christmas

the day is here. merry christmas! i have every intention of being present today. being grateful for tiny little things that make me smile. moving slowly and easily through my day. someone said to me the other day, “even if you’ve had a whole lifetime of bad christmases, those were then. they are not now. this year is not those years. you can have a good christmas this year. you can break the cycle and you don’t have to let the past infect the present.” i struggle with that all the time, not letting the past cloud the present. but i appreciate the sentiment because i do believe it’s true. i am here today. i am not where i once was. i am making steady progress toward my goals even if it doesn’t feel like it. i can choose to have a good day for no reason, just because.

may today be full of peace and appreciation and love. may i honor myself and my loved ones today. may i know that life won’t always be like this. may i trust that things will continue to change, just as they’ve always done. may everyone have a very merry christmas, no matter what. ❤

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