I changed my mind on what boat to buy when I become rich and famous. I want this one instead:
Click the pic to see inside!
I feel that a floating city is more my style.
A woman applied to my business. I Googled her like I do with all my candidates and found that she runs her own massage business, has years of experience, she’s physically fit, attractive, not too young, not too old. She basically embodies the ideal, successful massage therapist.
THEN WHY THE HELL IS SHE APPLYING HERE?
I automatically assume she’s up to no good. I’m guessing that she’s out to get me like Sara E, the woman who left a nasty review about us on Yelp.
Anti Massage Envy activists should not be underestimated.
That’s the only logical reason I came up with. If that’s not it than I honestly don’t get it.
I might be interviewing her tomorrow. We’re corresponding through email and in my last email, I gave her 100% full disclosure of how much $$ I can pay her. So there’s no misunderstanding when we meet.
It’s Monday, my day off. I stayed up late last night finishing up a video game, Dragon Age Origins.
I need to drive to Wethersfield to pick up a massage table that an old friend doesn’t want anymore and finish furnishing the room upstairs. And do payroll.
I HATE doing payroll. Doing payroll is like homework, only you’re not gaining anything but losing thousands of dollars. And I have trouble sitting still long enough to do it.
I had a bad dream when I woke up today. I dreamt that I was in high school again, wearing foot pajama’s that zipped up in the front and well, I shit inside them.
There was a laundry room in the school so I ran to it, undressed, and threw my dirty PJ’s in the wash hoping that nobody would see. But somebody did see.
There was a group of foreign kids standing there to witness it. They all started laughing. I ignored them and went about my business (I don’t know where I found an extra change of clothes but I did.)
I started feeling paranoid that everyone would find out. It seemed as though nobody wanted to talk to me and I assumed it was because they knew about me shitting my pants.
But then I saw the first boy I ever kissed (in real life). He ran up to me, hugged me, and told me he missed me. He became my one and only friend, oblivious to me shitting my pants earlier.
Until that group of foreign kids found my shitty underwear and were about to broadcast them to the entire student population. My one and only friend was about to find out my most humiliating secret.
I made my way to where the foreigns kids were stationed, picked up a chair and threatened to smack them with it if they didn’t stop. They were all laughing in delight.
I held up one leg of the chair and lined it up with the eye of one of the foreign kids and said, “I swear I’ll skull fuck your eye socket with this chair if you say one word to anybody.”
They found this hilarious, and I found it funny too after having said it.
I never hit any of them with the chair – I couldn’t bring myself to do it. And after threatening to skull fuck them with the leg of a chair, we all loosened up. I loosened up enough to break down.
Me – “Do you have any idea what it feels like? To be so completely alone?”
Them – “We’re not from here so yes we do.”
Me – “But at least you all have each other.”
That’s when I started crying my eyes out. The foreigners comforted me and no longer cared about my shitty underpants.
My blog is like my shitty underpants. My story is told here to everyone and I can’t escape the prying eyes and humiliation that comes with it.
I made a rule not to publish anything while I’m drunk. I have countless drafts because of this. I can at least stave off some humiliation that way.
Seriously though, I think the dream symbolizes my fear of rumors, of being judged, ostracized, having close friends turn on me. In all my experience, there’s no greater hurt.
The crazy thing is, in real life, this fear remains hidden from me. I never think about.
But when “S” gave me advice straight from my blog, I didn’t realize it at the time but, it all has to do with this hidden fear of humiliation and of being ostracized. I unconsciously thought that if the haters were still reading my blog and reiterating it, that must mean they’re also spreading rumors about me. Reading my blog for the purpose of finding new things to judge me on – so they can spread it to others.
That’s what made me upset. At the time I didn’t know why I was upset, but I get it now.
Crazy unconscious associations.
I have to learn not to care what people think of me. Even when it comes to friends, I can’t care what they think – I don’t for the most part but it’s when they start hating me that gets to me.
I have to stop caring. But is it wrong to stop? Is it a form of pigheadedness? The stubbornness that leads to someones downfall in life?
Or maybe I’m making more irrational associations?
“You won’t be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha
“I won’t be punished for caring. I will be punished by caring.” – Melanie
No, I like the Buddha’s saying better.
But I do have to work on this issue. If only to stop having these damn high school nightmares.
You know what just came to me? Being proud of shitting my pants! Not caring that I shit my pants!
Hold on now, there’s wisdom in this. There’s strength.
By not caring if I shit my pants, I wouldn’t care who knew about it. Not only would I not care, but I wouldn’t want to skull fuck someones eye socket with a chair leg. I wouldn’t be angry, I wouldn’t resort to violence….
I wouldn’t feel ashamed and if I’m ostracized or judged, I wouldn’t blame myself. I wouldn’t blame anybody and simply allow others the freedom to think whatever they want to think.
It all comes down to me. My fear of loneliness, being misunderstood, betrayed. All because of something that couldn’t be helped. Something I shouldn’t feel ashamed of.
I associate caring with being hurt. I think we all do. We’re only hurt by those we care about. But the thing is, when you break down the reason why you’re hurt, it all comes down to a selfish hidden fear. So obliquely hidden that it only shows itself in dreams (in my case, high school dreams of humiliation).
According to the stinking Law of Fives (or law of attraction), if you’re not ashamed of yourself, you will not be shamed.
In my dream, when I was able to laugh at myself after I confronted those foreign guys, I let go of shame. In a way, I surrendered to it.
I couldn’t beat them and in the end, I only wanted them to understand.
Rational Brain – “What if they didn’t understand? What if they hung your shitty underwear up on the flag pole?”
As long as I’m not ashamed of myself, I wouldn’t care what they did. I wouldn’t even be angry at them. I’d own that shit, you hear me?
I know this sounds impossible, but you just got to trust me. I’m onto something big here.
I can’t be ashamed of my blog, but I’m not going to broadcast it either.
I get angry in other ways too that need to be addressed.
I get angry when people over-react to things. When they hate a person for doing something trivial. I get VERY angry and impatient. I also get impatient when people talk non-stop.
I have a friend who does both of these things and then some.
She’s also up my ass constantly.
A long time ago I wrote about a girl who defriended me because I chose to hang out with Dave over her. Because he invited me to be his guest at a wedding on the same day she wanted to do something. Friendship over.
I didn’t much care because I felt no shame in what I did. I was more concerned about her and how depressed she must have been to have come up with that decision.
When I got back from Ecuador, she apologized to me and wanted to make amends and I said, “sure, why not?”
I made sure to set boundaries – that I wouldn’t be there at her beckon call, and things have been fine since then.
But now she’s starting to expect things from me. Not only that, but my patience is wearing thin with her constant nagging and drama. We’re too different and not compatible at all.
I hate ultimatums.
“We can’t be friends unless you change.”
Real friends accept you, right?
How can I be okay with wanting to skull fuck my own eye socket with a chair leg whenever we hang out? How is that okay?
I associated “real” friends with irrational expectations. Unconditional acceptance of me, always being there, looking out for me. We grow up watching movies, tv shows, and reading books that tell of these expectations. This is what it means to be a “real” friend, right?
I abide by those irrational expectations and judge any who don’t. They’re scum, they’re selfish is what I say.
But here I am wanting to give her an ultimatum – the opposite of a “true” friend.
If you’re around this woman trust me, she’d get on your nerves too.
She texted me the other day asking me if I’ll miss her while she’s away.
Annoying. Annoying annoying!
I ask people not to tag me on Facebook because she’ll know about it. I’m weary of posting pics.
I’m pretty sure the end is near. She’s going to stop talking to me again. If I ever run into her, she’d ignore me.
But since I’m not ashamed, I’ll not feel bad. And if she wants to be friends again, I’d say, “sure, why not?”
I’m too passive and noncommittal to ever put my foot down.
“No! Go away!”
I wonder what a person would have to do to get me to that point?
I hate ultimatums but sometimes they’re the right thing to do. It’s something a “true” friend would do. It’s called being honest.
I keep six honest…
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.
I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small-
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!
She sends’em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes-
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!
I hate titling posts. What the hell do I call this one?