Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Bring on the lifeboats

Yesterday I did something brave and wise.

I emailed my counsellor.

I am all out at sea at the moment, and beginning to sink. It seems my life is becoming about other people again and not about me, and it weighs heavily. I lose track of what I want and need, defering instead to pleasing others, keeping the peace and surviving what needs to be done. I get lost in it all.

I need to regain perspective and myself, putting me before others so I can live well and healthily.

I've been shutting people out and behaving in ways that don't sit well out of fear, old lessons taught badly, and not knowing what else to do. I need to take a step back, regain, rebuild.

I saw him today. In this environment there's no room for bullshit or excuses, I have to face myself head on and it's not easy. It's easier than going back to where I was a year ago.

I've stopped the crumbling in its tracks. I've decided to act and take control before I sink. It's a strong and difficult decision take to make. At least I know I have the choice and can recognise the signs when the clouds come.

It's about people this time. Not specifically things they have done, but things I haven't done it seems. And integrity - his word. I sort of knew this, but it takes someone else saying to make it real and unavoidable. I could have ignored my guts and kept hiding. I've chosen to escape instead. I have to put myself back in that room and brave what comes.

I will learn one day to live with an active connection between the emotional and intellectual rather than burying how I feel. Bring on the roller coaster.

It scares me, but I am proud of swallowing my pride and asking for help.

I also feel a little like a failure.


  1. Dear V, I commend you for reaching out to someone who can help give perspective. I don't think it is failing at all. Don't know if that helps. I go to a counsellor too, don't know what I would do without it. I wish you the best and look forward to more from you.

  2. Failing isn't doing something and not being successful. Failing is continually making the same mistakes without learning. If you're recognising the signs and acting earlier - then that is success by any definition.

    Thank you for your comment on my blog, by the way - it was appreciated :)

  3. Cheers, wise words much appreciated,


  4. A PS to Kim , if by any chance you stop by again, I love 'Grumpy, Tetchy Bastard'. Good points, well made....

    Sometimes I wish folk would open their ears and close their mouths, or at least ask questions before passing judgement!