The month starts with my birthday, and even after 5 decades, I can’t bring myself to be happy about my birthday.
Growing up, my birthdays were especially painful for me because my family never allowed me to celebrate them. I can’t recall any recognition of my birthday, which just reinforces the cruel messages my family sent to me.
I don’t matter. I don’t really exist. I should do everyone a favor and kill myself.
I wish the birthday thing got easier, but I have actually spent the last two out of three years in psych hospitals for my birthday so I wouldn’t kill myself.
This year I have been really struggling to stay out. I want to be present for my kids’ Christmas month. Yet, every day I am in touch with my struggle and trying to fake my way through the holidays.
Last weekend I tried to do something special for my kids, so I took them to Christmas shows on Saturday and Sunday. Normally it is something I enjoy. Sadly, I feel guilty because I kept looking at my watch to see when the show was going to get over.
Anxiety is flowing underneath the surface.
I am struggling to stay sane, to stay out of the hospital, to not ruin my kids’ Christmas, to stay married, to not run away, to not fire my therapist, to be compassionate with myself when I do erratic things like randomly schedule an appointment with a new therapist whom I know nothing about and not sure why I made the appointment.
My PTSD is especially bad right now. The triggers are happening over little things. Noises. Stupid noises keep triggering me.
I am coming off as crazy to adults who hold a significant conversation with me. I know I am a wreck and acting in ways I really should be hiding.
My narcissistic, abusive mom is coming this week for the holidays. I said she could come because I think it could be her last.
I have to reconcile in my head as she presents herself as a normal person, with the memories of her harming me so severely as her daughter that my life has been mostly ruined.
I am also coming to terms with how much she harmed me by not only doing cruel and extremely abusive things to me, but more importantly, not loving me since I was born.
It is hard to sit with knowing your family doesn’t love you. It is hard to stay grounded to this earth with that knowledge.
But, still I persist through this magical holiday time when families are supposed to go out of their way to show their love for each other. Except in my family of origin it is all a fraud. Yet, we do it anyway.
Hoping tomorrow I do a better job of being holiday happy for my kids as the most important thing for me is for them to have what I did not.