Toxicity, I have had that in abundance recently and I have allowed it to color my world, including my view of self. I have curled into myself, finding my bed and sleep the only place of safety, every place else unwelcoming and downright disturbing.
I believe the term is depression, maybe self-pity.
Here is what I know for certain, I cannot continue this way it is unhealthy and stupid. Here are the other things I know, the things that have happened in the past 90 days, the things that are affecting my terrible self-doubt:
- My husband decided marriage to me was too hard and he would be better served elsewhere, without the burden or responsibilities that go with marriage.
- Without notice, he left, without word, without good-bye. Damn that hurt.
- In October of last year, I accepted a full-time job with an organization after years of being independent. I did this to provide a more stable income since I was the primary breadwinner. Honestly, I think I knew this was not a good fit, something told me but I ignored my intuition.
- The environment was toxic.
- I was miserable from the very first week.
- I worked with bullies.
- December 31, 2013 was my last day.
Now to the rest, could there be more? Yes, of course, there can be more and certainly, there is always more. I realize I have been feeling ‘not me’ for a very long time, maybe years. I have compromised myself, repeatedly for the sake of peace. Some of those compromises have been small things, some though have been compromises of self and they have spread across my environment creating a true lethal combination of self-doubt and unhappiness.
What are the visible signs?
- My environment, where I live is truly a mess, there are layers of dust everywhere, things are not where they belong. This isn’t the home I want to live in; this isn’t how I use to live. I would be ashamed to invite friends to visit me and I always feel as if I have to make excuses for the mess I live in. This was a battle I fought constantly, for help and for compromise. I lost the battle, even emotionally.
- My work, what I do for a living and what I want to do for the next fifteen to twenty years has been compromised in my head. I was once very sure of myself, of my skill, competency and capability. I thought I was great at what I did and never sold myself short. Now? I don’t know anymore, I have allowed myself to be bullied and undermined, by others and in my own head. Yes, this is a tough market and yes, this is a hard life especially at my age. I didn’t choose easy, however, I am good at what I do and have great success at my back so what the hell is wrong with me?
I have never been one sink into dark places and stay there, never been one to dwell in caves without light. I really despise throwing pity parties lasting for more than a day or two, so what the hell is the problem, why can’t I seem to shake this one off like a dog shakes water after a swim? Is it my age? Or is it some of these issues have been building up and I didn’t really notice, didn’t pay attention instead allowing them to fester like an untreated wound.
No promises, really they are impossible. No resolutions, I have never made them and kept them beyond the first week of a new year. Some simple and easy actions though, things I can achieve to perhaps make things less overwhelming in the short term, make it easier to navigate what I suspect will be the challenging time ahead of me.
Here is what I know needs to happen for me to begin to feel as if I am back in control:
- Pick a room, any room and clean it top to bottom. Throw away what I don’t need, organize what I do need or want to keep, tag anything and everything that can or should be donated. When the room is done, move onto the next room.
- If I find the effort to daunting, hire help, it might just be money well spent.
- Spend a minimum of 2 hours per weekday looking for and applying to new opportunities, include both contract positions and full-time. Reach out to industry contacts, get active on the boards and manage my own career again stop letting others dictate terms.
- Set rates and stick to them!
- Do a real search for local companies, I really would like to stop traveling and have a real life that includes staying local.
- Start doing things! Do anything once a day (other than going shopping) that gets me out of the house and around people.
That is it; choice is what it really is about isn’t it? I have a choice to wallow in my hurt, roll about in my misery, reel in my pain or I can start to live again. So what if living again means I will do most things alone for now, I have traveled for work for the past twenty-two years and this means I have done most things alone five days a week. Hell this means the reason most of my ‘in real life’ friends don’t live in the same city I live in is because I met them when I was on the road, working in a city I didn’t live in, so just what the hell is my problem now?
I read this great post the other day by Tori Nelson at the Ramblings, she said it all in one word Timshel. I so appreciated her post I wanted to share it with you.