16 September 2010

Low

"Except I think it feels more like an empty stomach than a broken heart. An aching hollowness that food can't cure. You know. You've felt it yourself, I bet. You hurt all the time, you're restless, you can't think straight, you sort of wish you were dead but what you really want is for everything to be the same as it was when you were still with him." ~ Richard Laymon, Night in the Lonesome October

I had one of those dreams the other night, those dreams of feeling inadequate. I was at my martial arts school. The students there all knew of my past achievements. My trophies still were displayed proudly in the cases in front of the school. I had promised them all a demonstration. But when I stepped out in the middle of the school to perform, I suddenly could not remember anything, not even the most simple maneuver. I left the school in shame, and I could hear the whispers of the students, "She is nothing but a has-been."

I was in the train yesterday on the way to work. It was the second day that the train had stopped in the tunnels underneath. The day before we were held in the train for over forty-five minutes in the underground tunnels. The train had gone into a state of emergency when it felt as though it had run over something, perhaps a body. They stopped our train to investigate and to make sure there were no "obstructions" in the rails. Yesterday, we were held again, but not nearly as long. Still, it was nerve-wracking. There was an older Latino couple standing near me. The woman was obviously in a state of panic. She held on tightly to the pole. The man stood next to her, comforting her, and he put his hand over her hand on the pole, caressing and protecting her at the same time. He whispered to her, "Esta bien, mi amor. Todo va a estar bien." She leaned herself into him and I could see her tension subside. The sweet and genuine exchange of love and care between this beautiful couple made me want to cry. I felt the sting of hot tears in my eyes as I realized that I want that in my life. To grow old with someone. To love and to be loved. To know that everything in the world will be alright as long as we are together.

It has been a dark week for me, with the feeling of the loss of my sister hitting me in thunderous waves. As if I could not go any lower, I reached an even deeper low when I allowed someone to make me feel as if I am the most selfish, most untrustworthy and most undeserving person in this world.

I am not perfect, but I always do try to do the right thing.

5 comments:

  1. Wow Nova, you are standing up for yourself. I hope things will be better.

    The sun always shines, tomorrow. Or at least, that's what they say.

    Sometimes, we make our own light. Be brave =)

    Kane

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  2. Nova..Nova...Nova

    I wish you could sit at our kitchen table and share a coffee, some stories and some love. You're a good person and I hope things brighten up for you.

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  3. There will come a day, when you will reflect back (perhaps with a bit of longing) on the time you spent as a single, but independent young woman. Each phase of our life offers unique challenges and opportunities. Make the most of what you have now. Seek out the opportunities that may not be available tomorrow.

    If I was in NY this weekend, I would go to the Festival of the Feast of San Gennaro. It sounds like a swell time :-)

    Be well,

    Dirk

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  4. I like to believe the mood spectrum is a circle. In moments when we find ourselves in the moments where happiness is so absolute, so pure, that it sometimes turn into a wave of loneliness. I'd also like to think that the converse is possible; that we can translate melancholy into happiness. :)

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  5. Esta bien, mi Nova. Todo va a estar bien.

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