Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pain

Pain isn't something I deal with well, mainly because I'm not quite sure I ever really dealt with it before this year. This past summer did quite the number on me, emotionally and spiritually. I did a lot of amazing things -- like go to Belize and take an amazing road trip -- but I also had a lot of horrible experiences that I still haven't gotten over, a full six months later.

I lost some really close friends this summer. Some for reasons I can understand and respect, and others for reasons that are still totally unknown to me. The first is difficult enough to deal with, but at least there are reasons that I can make sense of. The latter are extremely hard to deal with, though. I'd go ahead and say that they're impossible to deal with, because I really haven't been dealing with them. My past six months, despite the good moments that happen every now and then, have largely been miserable.

I'm not okay with the idea of relationships ending. I'm not okay with there being separation or discord. It's kind of sad when you see two people who have stumbled with each other, emotionally or sexually, and you see that they're still friends and God has worked peace back into their lives. And yet here I am, not having stumbled with some of these people, and still being cut off from them over trivial conflicts or arguments that I can't even remember now. With the ones I've stumbled with, I can understand there not being a relationship anymore -- although it still saddens me, and I think about it every day, to be honest. I don't know how to let things go. I want friendships to be restored and for things to go back to the way they were before, desperately.

It's just been a really, really tough semester, and I'm finding it so difficult to write about. Usually my thoughts are much more coherent and I'm able to engage with the situation properly, but recently my emotions and thoughts have just been a mess. Just writing this note is difficult. Losing all the friends I did over the summer, whether it was through a sexual stumble, a petty argument or a reason that still eludes me, has completely destroyed me as a person. I don't really take joy in the things I used to enjoy. I went days and days without eating and lost a lot of weight. I even had thoughts of suicide that ultimately didn't lead to a suicide attempt -- thank God -- but which did lead to a pattern of self-harm in other ways (such as not eating, hitting myself until I was bruised or cutting myself.)

Ultimately, I just haven't dealt well with pain. I haven't dealt well with separation. I want these friendships to be restored, because the fact that these people no longer want to talk to me has basically made me feel worthless. If they want me completely out of their lives, it makes me think they want me dead. And if the people I love want me dead, why should I even be alive? I don't hate them -- I don't think they know how much it has hurt me, and how could they? After all, most normal people get over this sort of thing easily. I'm in awe of my friends who can sit by quietly as friends come and go, or who can go through breakups and divorces like they mean nothing. I wish I could be one of those people, but I can't. I'm a lot weaker than I ever thought I was, and I'm very dependent upon other people.

I'm not dying. I haven't thought of hurting myself in weeks. My life is pretty quiet and stable, for the most part. But there is just this underlying pain and sadness that I can't shake. There are friends who I keep thinking about constantly, and the thoughts just don't leave me alone no matter what I do. Thank goodness I don't have a computer in my apartment anymore, or I'm sure I'd be turning to pornography to aid the pain. At least this way, I'm dealing with it on my own without using lust as an aid. But it's very difficult to deal with on my own, and it's hard to write about, and overall there's just so much pain sometimes I don't know if I can stand it. I know this sounds melodramatic and I really am not crying or anything at the moment. But it's been a culmination of six months of misery and I figured I should start being honest about it and actually writing about it, and seeing what, if anything, can change.

7 comments:

  1. Jay - so sorry for your pain. Not much I can say, but to use an overused cliche, it will get better.

    I had some very dark times during graduate school - especially during the Christmas breaks. I don't know why, but I was very susceptible to dark depressions during what should have been happy times.

    Be gentle with yourself.

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  2. Bro, this gives me more perspective. I'm really sorry I didn't listen better the last time we talked. Call me whenever you need to talk...seriously.

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  3. dude. ouch :( i hurt WITH you, my friend. i really hate to see people suffer. and while it's been a long time since i've dealt with suicide and SIB (self-injurious behavior), it never gets so far away from you that you don't have your heart wrenched just a bit when good people go through similar things. {{{{HUG}}}} to you!

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  4. Jay, I'm really sorry that you're hurting so badly, that you've been hurt so badly. I wish I had something to say that would enable you to get beyond that pain or at least to diminish it. But all I can say is hang in there, and let time heal the wounds. Of course I don't have to advise you to talk to God about it, to tell Jesus just what has happened and just how you felt at each moment when a friendship ended. Perhaps he'll have some consolation for you.

    *hugs*

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  5. Jay- tears are streaming down my face because I hate to see incredible people like yourself struggle. Each and every time I read one of your post, I have to use my brain to figure out what I think about what you've written. That is one of my favorite things about your site. Being forced to use one's brain is very uncommon

    I think I can pretty safety say that there are people out here in "blog land" that care deeply for you and are here to help in any way we can regardless of the fact that some of us only know you through what you've presented on this site. The opportunity to talk to some anonymous person, like myself, is always available to you.
    Be Well!
    Steve

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  6. Thank you for your concern and support, every one of you. I'm so thankful for you guys. God bless, and I hope you had happy holidays.

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  7. Pain IS hard to deal with, I know what you mean. Just before Christmas there was an instance where a friendship with someone became cut off and it makes me sad. You have went through pain this year and sure will pray things will get better. Hope the new year will bring fresh perspectives. God bless.

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