i fundamentally do not trust myself.
i fundamentally do not think i deserve what i want.
i felt a moment of peace for a hot second. because the acupuncturist took my pulse and looked at my tongue and was like i think really what is happening is that you're angry and nina was like anger is a part of depression and i reflected on my whole life since senior year of high school and was like yeah, that checks out.
and then for like 24 hours, bingley had FIP and was dying and i thought omg the cat who overtly loves me is going to leave me, and it's not that but it remains unclear and i do not know where that leaves us.
my jackie book is about to sell and i feel nothing.
i'm in therapy talking about how i feel nothing.
i go to the acupuncture place and i'm able to breathe more deeply than in yoga, but still i feel nothing.
it would've been entirely in keeping with 2021 for bingley to have sparked joy for four months and then to have died.
and yet that did not happen.
for 24 hours i thought that was what was about to happen. reader, i prepared myself. i cried in the shower. i cried from 2 am until i had to teach at 7 and then i cried from the walk to and from target after that.
i do not have words for how hard this year has been.
i tell the egyptian it's been the worst year of my life and i'm surprised by the surprise in his voice. i thought having told him, on our second date, that a man raped me in january, would've clarified that fact, but apparently not.
i do not know what to say. there are no words. the men, dear people, when you find the words, they do not listen.
it's all very bleak, i'll be honest.
but i went to church irl last week. i struggle to believe in god these days, i do not take communion, but there was a feeling there as everyone, in their masks, waved across the room to pass the peace.
there was a feeling.
i love wearing a mask because the thing is you can weep openly and no one will ever see your mouth scrunched up and the effort involved in trying not to. you can just cry, in public, and it's all ok. it's all going to be ok.