79 days of sobriety. 11 days left. 27lbs lost. 86lbs left to lose. 3lbs more to lose to reach my goal of losing 30lbs in 90 days. Those are the numbers.
I’ve continued to be blue over my non-existent writing “career”. I have tried crushing the feelings and ignoring them and laughing at them. I’m not feeling sorry for myself anymore, exactly. Just blue. But that doesn’t mean this is where I get off. I never get off. I might not be meant to get paid to write. I might need to be murdered and then discovered posthumously. Something that happens to an unfortunate number of authors.
I’m 86% sure I’m going to be murdered some day.
I’ve been working at my circular saw skills this week and I have to say that being able to design and then make raised beds for my yard feels as empowering as being able to throw a strong punch. Before the rains came I spent a whole day cutting wood and screwing it together and I felt strong. I felt capable and useful the way I do when I am able to put food in jars that last for a few years on the shelf. The way I do when words I share uplift someone from the gutter into the light. The way I do when I chase my son’s fears away. So I was thinking about all the different things we draw power from. I was thinking about how important it is to spend life doing things that make us feel stronger and fearless and capable. If what we’re doing makes us feel small and prematurely old – we have to change our own course.
Trying to get paid writing gigs – selling my book or applying for freelance writing jobs makes me feel stupid and useless and worthless because I have only really been able to sell my book to friends and friends of friends and I have never been chosen for the freelance jobs I’ve applied to. It gets discouraging. That part of what I do is hard. It’s hard being rejected over and over and over. However, no amount of rejection will make me give up. Just like no amount of kicks to the gut from the universe will keep me floored forever. I’ve come close to the edge of the cliff many many times. It’s the darkness I have to live with being me, it’s the constant risk people like me face, and it’s very real. But I keep getting up off the floor because I’m a tenacious bastard.
I am feeling invisible.
But if I’m invisible I’m the most tenacious invisible person you’ll ever meet. You can beat me up, you can shut me down, you can ignore me til you die but I will still jump my fat-ass in front of you and scream to be heard. If you kill me I will live in your nightmares. I will always get back up off the floor because I’m like a pitbull with Michael Vick in my jaws.
If I’m not going to succeed at making a career of writing, if I’m going to remain invisible during my lifetime, I still require myself to leave something worthy behind me for others to find amongst the dust of my bones. Someone’s going to need it. I still require myself to get up off the floor and keep at it.
My hair is dirty. It’s 2pm and I’m still in my pyjamas. I need to shower. I need to get dressed before my kid comes home from school and sees his mom sitting at her messy desk with the dirty half empty cup of cold coffee and this ludicrously sorrowful face staring into the middle distance like a drooling idiot.
My hands smell of bitter orange.