I turn 42 tomorrow.
The age all Douglas Adams fans anticipate with great excitement. The year we become the answer to life, the universe, and everything...whatever that means. We're all still looking for the ultimate question as far as I know.
And I'm celebrating it by attending the memorial service for Acr0nym's father.
He had a heart condition - his first heart attack came 25 years ago - so it's not like this was completely out of the blue. But the timing couldn't be any worse...for Acr0nym, for TC, for their mother...for me.
The last two months, I...well, there isn't much I can say about it publicly. In so many ways it isn't my story to tell. Even though I played, and continue to play, a central character in the story, it still isn't my story to tell and I am so lost for words. I am so lost period.
Lost enough to seek out therapy for the first time in 8 years.
Lost enough to beg my doctor for help in the form of as-needed anti-anxiety medication for the first time ever (which, as it turns out, I'm too damned anxious to take).
Lost enough to be worried about how many hours a day I'm sleeping...something I haven't done since I was 15, since my suicide attempt. Worried and wondering if I'm sleeping because I'm depressed and attempting to escape my reality as I did back then or sleeping because it's my body's way of trying to heal from trauma.
All the time knowing anxiety is driving the question and the answer (TAKE THE PILL ALREADY, JANE!!!).
Still...the jury is still out because anxiety doesn't trust itself.
Anxiety, like all mental illnesses, lies.
And there has been so. much. anxiety.
So much grief.
So much loss and lost.
While trying to be strong and available and proactive and ridiculous.
I'm going to regret this in the morning.