Ok I know that’s ableist language but it is my inner voice and I think it’s important to represent it for what it is.
But I’ve figured out the dance between me and former BFF.
I’ll say something she finds “too angry” or whathaveyou, and she gets upset with me. So begins the silent treatment.
I HATE being ignored. It is a trauma trigger for me.
Eventually, after being ignored for x long, I start to panic over “angry thing” I said and start to apologize and mitigate it.
I am still ignored.
Start pleading for forgiveness. Still Ignored.
Start to feel suicidal, because clearly you are unforgivable and if you could just *control your temper*….
Her emotional MO is to ignore anything emotional and to give the silent treatment when she is actively upset with you.
Being ignored, particularly while pleading for forgiveness, is a MASSIVE trigger for me. I’m not saying my triggered behaviour is her fault. It is not. But it does mean there is a reason for my behaviour.
There isn’t something wrong with me. I am not broken. I am not crazy.
I am traumatised.
And unless her emotional MO changes, we just can’t be friends.
So thinking further about that silent treatment trigger, how it leads back to my mother being ignored and me having to talk her down. By which I mean to try and talk her out of suicide. I don’t know how many times this happened.
It might be only twice. It was more than once.
And I remember sitting at that table and just…..talking to her, calmly, or feeling more calm than I should have in that moment. But my sister was (very fairly) falling apart at the situation, so fuck, someone had to do it.
So I did it. More than once. And I didn’t even notice it at the time, but it’s like a part of you just….goes away. That sense of safety that comes with Mom. That trust of adults to at least appear like they have it together. To be cliché, that innocence. Not that I was innocent.
It’s hard to explain. But a piece of you just kind of snaps off, and you never get it back.
Until my best friend did that to me. I got suicidal and she gave me the silent treatment.
And I’ll admit it, I lost my shit. And I just now realize that part of me didn’t go away after all. They were just so far fucking down, locked away.
You ignore me when you’re mad, that is your MO, always has been. Complete silent treatment even when I beg. Even when I beg.
My anger my be abusive, but your behaviour is cruel.
And it triggers the fuck out of me. My mom’s husband would give her the silent treatments for days and she hated it. She would beg and cry and he would keep ignoring her. She would threaten suicide, and he would ignore her.
You do the exact same thing to me.
I only just realized. I hated him for what he did to my mother. And I was angry that she accepted it and let herself be treated that way.
And here I am repeating that pattern with you.
Fuck that noise. And fuck you for thinking you’re so perfect.
I’m not religious — at all. And I am not in any way a fan of the Alcoholics Anonymous model for personal reasons. But right now I am chanting this over and over in my head. Because it encapsulates everything I need right now.
God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change The courage to change the things I can And the wisdom to know the difference.
I am hanging on to something I desperately need to let go of, because I cannot change it.
I’m not sure what mood, but generally the song I pick to link to does say something about said mood.
Although really I’m not angry like this song suggests. More like “Fuck yeah I’ll be that bitch!”
It’s a cry of victory, lol.
So I had sex today, in a sad effort to be self destructive. Turns out I’m not actually feeling self destructive, and although the sex was typically meh as I always find it to be with men, the guy himself was a perfect gentleman and did everything right, unlike, oh, every other man I have ever been with. So kudos to you guy.
So I will take the fact that I’m feeling badass right now as a win, thankyouverymuch.
I walked for 5.5 kms yesterday. That was good, but today I am full of OW.
Life is settling into this new normal. You know. The one where I *don’t* text someone from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. The one where I communicate a normal amount with the people in my life.
But I miss my friend. If she ever existed. Sigh.
I’m currently arting in 4 different sketchbooks, all four are what I imagine to be 5×7 or some such. They are small. And half of them aren’t meant to be painted in.