I am currently dealing with an ear infection. It is s-l-o-w to heal. I did one round of a Z-Pak, called the doctor because I felt it wasn't working on day five, and they told me to be patient.
Hey, I have a joke for you.
I'll be Person A (PA), you can be Person B (PB).
PA: Knock, Knock
PB: Who's there?
PA: Impatient Cow.
This is not a new realization: I am tolerant, but I am not a very patient person.
When my dad died back in 1985, I thought my family would never heal from that loss. We did though. Time seems to have a magical power. With time, one is allowed to put distance between the hurt and reality; so one can deal with the stressors. Time doesn't make it, the thing that caused the pain go away. Wouldn't THAT be wonderful! Instead, time allows the stages of grief to progress. Time allows healing to take place, so one can rationally accept how life plays out. Time allows us to deal with pain and loss, and take away lessons. In the same way, time is needed for a body to heal from illness. I know my mind needs to relax. I am sitting in a holding pattern right now. Clearance to land, has not yet been granted.
My divorce has hurt my soul more than I'd like. I wish I could just heal all ready from that. I don't want to be angry. I don't want to be sad. I don't want to feel so alone. But, I also don't want to forget. I don't want to be hurt again. I want to be confident and secure with myself. I want to feel like someone another might want to hang out and be seen with, and share time. I feel I don't have many friends who are single and my age. I am living with the 'odd man out' feeling. I am aware of not being invited to do things, I mean really, who wants to have the divorced woman sitting there? Awkward. I get it. Conversations, both spoken and silent, become uncomfortable...'hey, Lisa, there's a guy for you.' Funny, but not really. I am sensitive to conversations. When you hang out with married people, guess what gets talked about? I have no one to complain or brag about. I go home to my cats. Who wants to hear stories about my cat's antics all the time? I love my pets, but I don't want to become a crazy cat lady. When you hang out with single people, those conversations have a certain theme too. Oh time, work your magic on me, please.
Time does not heal. It only offers spacial distance. In order to truly heal, one needs to learn from the past, make changes, and be proactive. Only then can one move forward. This spring I am trying to make changes. I need more friends. Oxymoron, I know. Social being needs more friends. It's true. I need more friends. I need people in my life who want to do things. I need to find souls who want to get out and have fun. I am dying slowly each day just working and coming home, and being sick hasn't helped my state of mind. I can easily be a work-a-holic, but I don't want to be. I need to nourish the other parts that make up me. I need to get out! Being proactive, I have signed up for a class. Learning and music are two things I enjoy. In a few weeks, I'll start a five week class on the History of Jazz in my community. I can't wait! I am also looking seriously into joining a writing group.
In the mean time, I turn the music up and dance like no one is watching! Literally. My custodian walked in on me last week one night after school. He said, I guess you still can't and didn't hear me knocking. He was right. I kept dancing.
And I will keep dancing....
slowing healing, but healing.
turning the music up, and dancing.
grateful for all I have, and smiling.
Blogging music: I had my headphones in so I would look cool. Ed was playing, after I tried listening to some new stuff on Spotify. Honestly, I had Adagio for Strings (Samuel Barber) on my brain. I heard it playing on the radio before I walked out the door. The Dover Quartet was on A Prairie Home Companion - rebroadcast of Nov. 12, 2016. I am an NPR junkie. What a beautiful, emotion filled song. I also had the image of my ballerina and her friends dancing on stage to this song, with a single spot light shining on them from stage right. Images are powerful. Music triggers memories, and smiles.