At one point yesterday I told Wonder Woman, “I’m ready to get this day over with so I can start looking forward to the next date.” This major one is over and the next one is a happy one, the day I met Wonder Woman online. I jump from date to date in my life, a whole list of them stacked up. I _know_ that need to learn mindfulness and it’s something I’m working on, and in ways I’m succeeding, but also, going from one date to the next has been a survival mechanism for so long, that unfortunately old habits die hard.
When you are constantly fighting suicidal thoughts, as each major milestone passes, you are looking for the next one, and when traumas start happening, those dates, unfortunately, get added in there too.
But mindfulness is happening as well. Driving to the beach yesterday I started thinking about and talking about some string of things that needed to happen and mid spiral I stopped and said that that would stress me out so I just didn’t go there. That’s something that’s hard for me because I need to have my plans and my lists and my ways of knowing that I have everything taken care of to make it to that next major date without everything falling apart.
And why wouldn’t I need, or at least feel like I need, all of those things in order? I mean, in reality we have very limited control, but the feeling of control is what keeps us moving forward. If we had no control we would throw our hands up and give up when things get hard.
Self Saving Warrior Princess does all of the things, but learning how to do them and not try to over think and think ahead of every spin and twist and turn is a big difference. Staying present right now but still keep on top of what has to be done, and let go of what I can’t handle . . .
That’s some serenity prayer shit right there.
And even twelve step programs count how long it’s been since you last relapsed, even they fluctuate between one moment at a time, and focusing on how far you’ve come.
Two years plus one day since I last saw her. And maybe now I can focus on counting something else for awhile.
And if not, that’s okay too, I’m working towards accepting me where I am. It’s so damn helpful that I have a lot of other people doing the same.