Practice makes patience

1 Mar

12:55 pm

I know, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted!  I don’t know why, but this year has felt so full, so busy, almost overwhelming.  Good and bad things, both, I guess.

And, well, the challenges continue, is all I can say!  From social anxiety surrounding “you can’t go home again” relationships–ones that seem to have fractured in our absence–to my night heat and insomnia–I see my doctor in a few weeks, so maybe she’ll have a “magic pill”…haha–to our sweet girlfriend goin’ down–our dog of 12 years or so, who has so magestically endured intense osteoarthritic pain, is starting to really show signs of hitting bottom–le sigh.  Sure, I’ve wanted to drink, but it never goes beyond those pangs of desperation.  Not yet, anyway.

I am trying to cultivate more patience this year, but this week has really tested my resolve!  I have had conflicts, let’s just say, with some of my relationships, and I’ve been mulling over just what to do about them in order to somehow resolve that conflict.  It’s been bugging me, just hanging in limbo.  After much thought, I guess I’ve concluded that, in sum, relationships that require too much work just need to be put to the side–maybe not forever, but for now.

It does not take work with my mom, or my boo, or those friends who don’t want anything from you and who are, in a word, OK with being vulnerable.  There are a LOT of people, it seems, who are not OK with being vulnerable, and who are, um, so up in their heads that it’s simply difficult to relate.

I get it, I was there, both before and while I was getting sober; and I wasn’t easy to relate to.  Maybe that’s why I see some of my fractured relationships with such clarity:  I am trying to relate to someone who either does not want to, actually, relate (manipulative or narcissistic people); or to people who are not ready to relate (insecure people).

In any case, I put in some “work” this past week–a few trying phone calls, some dinners where I felt uncomfortable social anxiety–and have come to a few resolutions about some of the trickier ones.  One of those is with this one person who, I feel, has not only led me on, but led a LOT of people on in terms of who she is and her intentions.  I don’t know what either is, her or her intentions, but they are not what I thought (years of sweet, friendly texts, only to be responded to with a cold shoulder in real life, again and again and again).  At first, I took offense; but now, I look outside and see the quiet green hills and soothing blue water; look down at my sweet girl; look at my life and how grateful I am to be here, witnessing it–and I say, let it go, she’s not ready; and, frankly, it’s neither my problem nor worth spending time trying to figure it out.  Essentially, you can’t relate to someone who either simply isn’t into you or, for whatever reason, cannot relate.  And, I can resolve this conflict now by stopping texting her back.  And, I believe with someone as inscrutable as this woman, that’s the best thing to do.

My dad is another story, and the short of it is, he is a bipolar narcissist–who, I’ve noticed, lies a lot (maybe he did before and I just refused to see it). Anyway, we had a conversation last week that once again left me feeling confused, upset, and essentially, used–he is using his kids for a few things these days, for one as sounding boards for said lies, half-truths, and flights of fancy.  If he refuses to get help, then, at a certain point, I get to say, I refuse to engage in this relationship.  I talked to my mom, and she said, be prepared to emotionally block it out when you talk to him; my step-mom says, don’t feel guilty about not calling him back.  Me, I just want to not relate at all.  It’s one of those niggling things that makes me want to drink sometimes.

Another niggler is um, being catcalled by men stopping on the road alongside me as I’m running, and saying, need a ride?  That, along with feeling like, I have no control over my body these days (night heat, insomnia!), sooooo maybe I don’t deserve control, as these men are implying as they drive by, assuming ownership?

ONE more niggler–waaaaaa, I don’t get to drink or smoke weed on the boat trip or at dinners with our friends, but everyone else gets their break; it’s just not fair!–and I just about almost inhaled the shitty white cooking wine that I was staring down in our fridge last night.

On a positive note, the night heat subsided the past 10 days–what a fucking reprieve–and, I am plugging away at my job, heading off on a trip at the end of this week (a fun one–a yoga retreat partly led by an old friend), and going away again in a few more weeks on another trip (a pseudo-fun one–a conference for work).

(On a less positive one, the day is approaching when we are actually going to have to say goodbye to our dog–my best friend; one of the anchors to our first years on island, our past; one of my sober higher powers; the one who taught me how to love myself, how to be fierce, and strong, and steadfast.  My best, best girl.  I know it’s probably not humane to let her shit and piss herself, but…aside from that, she’s fine, she’s fine.  Ugh.  I love her so much, but I will have to let her go, too.)

Most days, I cultivate a LOT of patience; some days (and nights), it gets away from me…  BUT, I will not drink.  Promise.  I cannot drink.  I deserve much more than to drink, no matter if I somehow think that it will make some of this stuff easier.

5 Responses to “Practice makes patience”

  1. gabrielle March 1, 2020 at 4:56 pm #

    Your sweet girl will tell you when it’s time. You will realize it’s about her, not you.
    Been through it twice-I feel for you.

    • Drunky Drunk Girl March 1, 2020 at 5:45 pm #

      Aww, thank you for your comment. Yeah, I guess she will…I’ve never gone through this sort of slow-burn deterioration with a dog (the other two I’ve had to put down in my life were *definitely* at their breaking point/ready to rest). Thank you–

  2. karinmatch March 2, 2020 at 6:42 am #

    Thanks for the post! It does sound like it might be wise to back away (a little or a lot, temporarily or longer) from some relationships. I am here to give you full, hearty permission to do that 🙂 Lots of permission. Let people tell you through their actions who they are, and you get to act in love, for yourself, on that information. And….. I feel for your approaching moment of saying goodbye to your dog. My best friend was a kitty named Sadie who died last July after 24 amazing years together. I still miss her. But I’m fine. They give give give and then we let them go, and it’s beautiful. They teach us so much about life and ourselves. You’ll be fine and I’m sending you love and peace.

  3. Lovie Price March 3, 2020 at 2:44 am #

    it is so sad to watch a beloved pet go through their final days. My last dog, a beautiful Dalmation, passed away about 10 years ago from Lyme disease. It was a long and painful process watching her faculties go one by one. I still feel horrible about how i could bring myself not put her down when i should have, but kept just trying various medications and whatever else i could to keep her hanging on. Eventually, the meds had her so bogged down she couldn’t lift her head to eat or go move to use the bathroom.She just laid around whining and yelping. I know, i am horrible. But that was the point when i realized how selfish i had been and finally took her in. I dropped her off and couldn’t even stay to watch. I just bawled my eyes out for days. I haven’t had a pet since, but trying to work up the courage. Hugs!

  4. athousandwastedsundays March 14, 2020 at 2:59 am #

    Wow.. we have so much in common. I love finding people that were as hammered as me! You might like my blog too!

    http://www.drunkmummysobermummy.com

    Thank f that shit is over!

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