Frustrations of Life
The effects of unresolved trauma can be devastating. It can affect our habits and outlook on life, leading to addictions and poor decision-making. It can take a toll on our family life and interpersonal relationships. It can trigger real physical pain, symptoms, and disease. And it can lead to a range of self-destructive behaviors.
— Peter A. Levine
Hopefully, at some point as an adult, life will inevitably let you see it for what it truly is. I take a step back and look at the year in my life that altered my entire future which is now my past. The specifics of that year I dreadfully replay on a daily basis. With both horror and amazement I sit and still try to comprehend almost 30 years later the “whys” that never get answered. The “torture” as I felt those damaging words, aggressive taunting in front of all my peers knowing I was unable to speak or I would face further punishment. It was a part of the daily mind games, harassment and bullying that pelted my psyche like a spray of bullets. That same year a fellow classmate and friend committed suicide. I also sustained a basketball related knee injury that plagues me to this day and became a factor into shattered dreams of one day playing ball past high school. Life continued to happen and all I knew was that I wanted out. Out of school and out of life. I just wanted it all to stop. I screamed so loudly for someone to help me. The screams fell on deaf ears. The screams were there and I could hear them but no one else could.
The inside canvas of my psyche now resembled a pile of suicide wrist rags. There was a rage that scared me deep within that continued to gain strength and building like a monster hurricane. I was trapped both physically and figuratively somewhere within the recesses of my mind. The horrible headaches I now began having became misery on top of misery. I had to do something or I felt I would implode from emotions.
On the outside I looked and was treated like the well liked class clown and promising athlete. I was friends with everyone. I was never bullied by anyone except by one of the people that was there to protect me. Not to hurt me. I tried to play off the situation time after time. Each tear was portrayed as streams of weakness. Those tears quickly became bolts of lightning full of rage and hatred that no one could see building with each hurtful comment. I seemed to just be beginning to disappear within myself. I didn’t understand or care as long as I disappeared and couldn’t hear and feel her words. The pills and the razors were just an added bonus. Suicidal thoughts , for the first time, began to consume me. And the obsession with death became an infatuation that never ends. In reality the “perfect storm” was being created and no one seemed to notice not even me.
I made it through that year licking my wounds That year changed me forever. Not a day has gone by in 30 years that I haven’t dealt with the repercussions of that abuse on a daily basis. Other things in my life have contributed to my eventual downfall in life but that year stands out as the most painful. Instead of being that carefree and very fun-loving teenager that I once was, I’ve become a 41 year-old mother of two who still functions like a teenager. I feel like a teenager on most days. I see fellow classmates and wonder why I never matured like they did? Whatever happened during that abuse stunted my emotional maturity at the point at which it happened. I hate life. I hate most people. I’m always scared. I’m sick physically from the stress on most days. I can’t have a normal relationship with my family or children because of the overwhelming memories and feelings associated with that event. Six years of college and two degrees and they mean as much as monopoly money now. My career that I worked so hard to begin was over before it got started. I’ve lost through one way or another most of the important relationships in my life because my mood swings are so out of control and aggression seems to be the primary emotion exhibited. The independence of driving has slowly melted away because I can’t focus long enough to drive safely. The physical pain that seems to engulf me on many days ensures vomiting and tears. I battle daily with both anorexia and bulimia as I have for the last 30 years. Deciding on what food to eat every day usually leaves me in tears and hungry.
My life seems like I’m watching a movie of the newest horror film. I don’t even recognize any of it because it’s so far from where and what I’m supposed to be doing by now. All of which could’ve been prevented had someone simply been willing to see past the label and ask what was wrong.
Most mornings I wake up pissed because I realize that I’m still alive. Even with the best little family at my side, I hate every moment of every day. If life is that miserable then what’s the point in living it, right? Many of my friends “tapped out” on life so apparently it’s not just me. The advice given to me as a child was to “trust people and build relationships on trust.” I did that and it left me disabled at an early age. Again, I feel trapped. This time I’m trapped within myself.