Oh, hello lovely readers. May I share my heart with you? I’m trying to be real, and honest. It’s harder than I would have thought, but I want this blog to be a place of openness.
Because, this past week, I’ve never felt more small.
It started with the birthday. Oh, friends, how I was dreading it. In absolute anxiety over it. Because, this birthday was to be my first, alone. My dad had to work, my mom was getting over a heinous ear infection (she still took me out for coffee for 30 minutes after work, which was so kind, considering how poorly she was feeling), my friends were busy. My coworkers cheered me up with some yummy homemade cupcakes, and lots of well wishes.
After coffee, I bought myself some take-out for dinner. I had no appetite, so I tossed it into the fridge when I came home. I wrote this blog post. I had a cupcake. And I went to bed. I wanted to sleep, and be blissfully unaware of the day, or my longing to have been with people, or my childish wish of a surprise celebration.
I felt like Alice, falling down the dark rabbit hole. Only at the end of it, there was no Wonderland.
I felt so alone. Heartsick.
As the days have gone by, I’ve been crying out to my Savior for strength and healing. I have been leaning on Him for comfort. Asking Him to help me remember that I am not alone.
And then (cue the ghastly ‘dum, dum, dum, dum’ music notes here): Valentines Day.
The single girls nemesis. Oh, why, why must my birthday fall so close to this day?!?
The day was busy, with Valentine parties for the kids in my class. I was showered with cards, flowers, and candy. They had such fun passing out their treats to each other.
I didn’t think much about it. Then the day ended, and I went to the gym. I went home, cooked some dinner, and checked in on Facebook. And then, it hit me. How happy I am for all the people sharing their Valentine excitement: the dates, dinners, balloons, flowers, love notes, and romance. And yet...How much I long to celebrate this day with someone special. To be showered with attention. To feel like a princess.
Rather, I simply ate dinner, ate some chocolate, and went to bed.
I felt so alone. Heartsick. Forgotten.
Would this week.never.end? I woke up every day in a funk. I would lay in bed and just say ‘Jesus help me. Give me strength. Forgive me for feeling...funky.’
I would go to work, and enjoy the mental break. I laughed with the kids, with the staff, and went to the gym regularly. But, driving home, the sadness and anxiety would creep back up. I couldn’t shake it. I would just cry out to Him. 'Help me not feel alone.'
At last, the week has come to its end. I feel raw, and exhausted. Emotionally exhausted. Because, all week, I’ve fought the autopilot need to masquerade. To smile through the loneliness, to keep my heart protected. I’ve walked the fine line of wanting desperately to share with people how I felt, so that I wouldn’t feel like my head would explode with my thoughts, and wanting to push it away and press on. Remember here, where I mentioned the me that fights anxiety? Yeah, did I mention occasional depression? No? Oops...
Regardless, this week it wasn’t a fight. It was a battle.
And Team God and I? We kind of kicked the 'funk's' booty. I'm taking it one day at a time.
Regardless of how I felt, I know this truth: with Christ, I am not alone. I am not forgotten. And He will heal my heartsickness.
And for you: you are not alone (Jesus is always with you).
You are not forgotten (Jesus holds you closer than you could ever know).
Heartsick? Do not be down trodden. (Jesus will lift you up).
Please, readers, I want to close with this thought: this blog is my place to share my life experiences. This weighed on my heart all week. I am not seeking sympathy, or trying to diminish the serious issues that others are facing. I just know that I, personally, feel like I am quite often the only one in the world who feels the way I feel. But I know that’s not true. I want to share these small stories, such as a lonely birthday, or a sad holiday, because I have a sneaking suspicion that somewhere, someone has felt the same way, or had a similar experience. I want to be the voice that is willing to speak on behalf of the person who may not want to share. That’s what this post is about. Helping someone, anyone, who felt alone this week, or any other time.
Also, I am not 'dissing' single-ness. This is the stage that I am at, where God has me. Generally, I am okay with it. But, sometimes, it hits harder than others. This week was a prime example of one of the tough times.
And, lastly, I'm anticipating my next post to be more cheerful.
Thanks for sticking around to read my posts!