I’m Not Alone
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has the answers, it sings because it has a song.”
I don’t normally blog on Saturday mornings at 5:30am. This morning I was awaken to what felt like my insides twisting. I felt nauseous but lay still to make sure it was real and not a dream. I decided very quickly, “Nope, that wasn’t a dream.” I also noticed that my whole body was hurting with what seemed like “growing pains” as my pediatrician use to call it.
I go through my morning routine of turning on my vaporizer and the coffee pot. But, this morning, I decided against coffee and would have a diet coke. Since, everyone else was asleep, now was the perfect time to read some of my library books. I started vaping but at a higher rate because the pain in my body was becoming ever more painful by the second. I once again felt like I was in full detox from some chemical. I also have these symptoms randomly attack me at different times of the day. I’m starting to get a headache but get busy trying to keep it at bay.
I think I finally begin to feel my medication beginning to work after a few minutes. My nausea begins to subside somewhat, my headache is doing ok for the moment but my muscles and tissues of the rest of my body seem very angry at me. I pick up my book and begin reading. Due to the types of abuse, I endured both as a child and adult, I’m constantly looking for answers for why things happened the way they did. The book I’m currently reading is Wife Rape. It’s an older book but I need answers. This was the same book that had me reliving a scene from my former marriage the other night. So, I kept that in mind and agreed with myself that I started feeling anything familiar in my mind or body; I would put the book down. Deal!
I’m instantly sucked into that book again. These women had stories like mine. Some were much different, but the “acts” were about control. This I already knew. But, seeing things in black and white can sometimes be the one thing that makes things “click.” I kept reading some of the sentences and paragraphs over and over. I thought, “How do they know how I felt in that moments or those surround those types of events?” I just had to read more. The book not only describes the actual accounts of abuse from the survivors. But attempts to explain why this “secretive, abuse happens and how the abuser also views this as both their “biblical and societal RIGHT as a man.”
I want to make perfectly clear that I am sensitive and also understand that this can and do happen in ALL kinds of relationships. Since this book is older, I’m not distracted by the fact that they use information from heterosexual relationships. But, since I’m discussing my previous heterosexual relationship, I won’t make a big deal about what types of samples they used regarding gender.
These women describe, in detail, how they felt, hurt and emotionally survived their abuse. It was like looking in the mirror again. My instant thought was, “How do they know this much? I’ve told only a couple of people some of what happened? Who betrayed my confidence?” I very quickly realized was how much I identified with all of these survivors. Not only what they did but what they thought. They also seemed to “lose time” with some of the attacks on their body. Their worth as a human being has been severely damaged. They also spoke about how much easier it was to just “go along” instead of fight. That fighting back always seemed to make everything worse in every way. I knew and felt that too.
I had ignored my body but soon realized that I now feel like someone is trying to tie my body in a knot. EVERYWHERE was and is still hurting like I’m being hit with a bat. The nausea is back. My stomach is cussing me repeatedly and my head is pounding. My upper back feels like I was just shot and just breathing almost brings me to tears because of the anxiety. I prefer to think that my body is ‘bleeding’ many years of emotions that I never felt ‘safe’ enough to release. I feel like every day I don’t write, that my body is filling up with toxins. But, I’m physically miserable too. My body feels very conflicted. Do I have that much “stuff” to process that I haven’t started getting better physically yet? From somewhere deep inside me, I hear…”Someone please stop this NIGHTMARE! I can’t handle reliving it again!
Most people would say, “Just put the book down and it will get better.” I really wish it was that easy. My body and mind are remembering every single vivid detail of everything that has happened. It’s not just the book. But, the book is really helping me understand what exactly happened to me the 14 years I was in a relationship with my ex-husband. I relate to so many of those women though which makes me feel like I’m in a group therapy session in my own little way. Sometimes you do stuff knowing that it’s going to hurt because you seem to understand and long for more understanding. Do the benefits outweigh the risk? I don’t know what the right answer is right now. Maybe I’ll take what I have read and read it more at a later date.