I feel sad. Tonight is my 10 year reunion – prime time for comparisons. In typical me fashion, I wish there was an RSVP list so I could plan out my night. There is no agenda. I don’t know what to expect. I posted on FB last night in the reunion group asking what “casual cocktail attire” means – the official dress code. Several people I know replied they’re wearing quite fancy cocktail dresses and that their husbands are dressing up. I was just planning on wearing a dress I like, nothing fancy.
I have my doubts about even going. I anticipate it being a huge trigger. I wanted to be successful, to have degrees and a car and family. I am successful. Just not by my standard. I’m like that firework that shoots off in unexpected directions. Dazzling yet unpredictable. I only like it in the sky.
Who am I?
- I am a girl looking to be loved.
- I am a woman discovering herself.
- I am creative.
- I am talented.
- I am hungry.
- I am a cat mom.
- I am a planner.
- I am the voice of reason on a stormy sea and a mess of emotion in silence.
- I am unstable and I am a rock.
- I just am.
I will be faced with many questions if I engage tonight. Where do I work? How many kids do I have? What degrees did I get? What am I doing with my life? I don’t know. And I don’t really care. I wish this was a barbeque picnic. Too much hype. Too much pressure.
I’m very tired. I woke up at 7:30, even though I went to bed late. In sharp contrast to the past several mornings, I do not feel bright, chipper or productive. I don’t want to be alive. My body is heavy. I don’t want to move. Yet, I’m awake. Is this from skipping 2 doses of my Flexeril yesterday or not sleeping? Why did I wake up?
I don’t know who I am.
I feel angry.
I want to sleep.
Whatever I decide to do tonight will be okay. I don’t have to share my secrets. I don’t have to be strong. God is my date. All powerful. He will lead me.
PS: Compare me to me if you must. That’s the only change that matters.
© Michelle Routhieaux 2013
Hi Michelle. I so enjoy reading your posts. Such honesty and poetic. I invite you to consider being totally honest and proud of who you are. You are unique and I imagine many people will admire you. And, if they don’t, so what. That’s their loss. Personally I haven’t been to my reunions and partly because of some of the same concerns. In fact I bet a lot of your classmates are having some of the same fears.
I hope you have a great time and post about it!
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