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Small talk

She wants to talk about the weather,
asks about my weekend plans while I’m
still trying to form a sentence worthy
of describing the locomotion of clouds
and how the drizzle of dew danced
this morning framed like a vintage photograph
by the blades of crabgrass and ivy’s trance
around the window frames, but she is talking
about something else now. A Saturday sport
and how someone whose name
I don’t remember is visiting someone else
I don’t know and why can’t I remember
and am I not really going anyplace with anyone?
What about Sunday?
I want to say slow down please.
There is still a thing to say about the last thing
and you might also be interested to know how
the moon got its shape. But. She says
it’s rude to talk about things like that, things
that no one else is interested in
things like the thoughts I have about
hobbit houses and underground libraries and
other places where no one would actually
want to go because people need to live
with other people so they can talk about
important things that matter like sports and
other people and that’s what small talk is.
Small talk isn’t lemons or black telescope goldfish
or the origins of totalitarianism, small talk is
beautifully simple like
how are you but don’t answer that
and hope you are doing well but not really.
She says I need to get out more, get cultured,
get my feet wet and I think I
got my feet wet yesterday and
she’s talking about something, I know she is, but
you know what is really interesting?
Ants walk in a line and leave a scent path behind
so other ants don’t get lost.

[black and white stock photo with a yellow lemon from pixabay.com]

[black and white stock photo with a yellow lemon from pixabay.com]

Dandelions are more yellow than I remember them last year

When it’s all I can do to wake up
and face a daylight that suffocates me
and face a world I know doesn’t want me
and face a face that is my own but I don’t recognize
why I don’t feel like facing anything because I can’t
differentiate feelings like that anymore
and so I go to get help
because the world says I need it and I’ve tried
all the alternatives, tried the diets
taken the pills, drenched myself in oils
chanted under the moonlight, prayed
read every self-help book and memorized
the words but don’t understand
how they’re supposed to help me
and I know, deep down, I know
as I walk the two miles to
this next helpful place
that it will just be another building
I later won’t be able to differentiate
from the next one and I know
the helpful person there won’t know
any better than the last one
any better than I do
how to help me
but will try
by saying things like trust me
you’re probably not autistic
you’re probably just depressed
you’re probably just bipolar
here take these pills you can’t afford
even though you said you tried them
and almost died you’re probably wrong
because that can’t happen, really
or you’re probably just confused
about your gender because autism
and if you think you want help
you will need money and approval
and other things you don’t have but
don’t let that stop you
because there are people that can help
people like you but first
you’ll probably need other help
and you’ll probably want to pray about it
and we’ll probably need to talk to your family
to evaluate if you’re really who you say you are
and we’ll probably need to refer you to a place
that’s too far to walk to
that’s too expensive for you to pay for
that’s too booked up with
the right kind of people.
And so, these are the things I think about
while I’m walking
to the helpful place
and I think
I walked around this block already but
I can’t be sure because this tree
looks a lot like that one and now
I have to sit down because my legs
can’t leg anymore
and I want to go home
where my bed is
but where am I?
and the daylight is stealing my last breath
and the wind is trying to kill me
and I just don’t know anymore
if I can find my way home
or if I got there
what I would do
so I stay here a while
on the side of the road
where the grass is and think
dandelions are more yellow
than I remember them last year
and they look a little like lions actually
and I remember as a kid
being thrown into the field
of dandelions behind
the elementary school
and the kids were laughing
and the teachers were laughing
and no one knew
I wasn’t laughing
because I was happy
but because I thought laughing
was what I was supposed to do
and no one helped me
and now a man is here
with a flashing light shining it
at my face and saying
something about my hands and
I hear screaming and
he tells me the scream is mine
and I’m lucky this time
because I’m white
and small
and semi-safe looking
so I’m still alive
and the policeman
is only going to help me
and he says he’s going to drive me home
this time
and I get there
and he asks me
if I have someone to help me
and I say yes because sometimes
the truth is more harmful than a lie
and I promise to be okay because
that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life
and I tell myself I’m fine
I’m lucky
I’m safe
I’m alive
and one day
it will be like the books say
about how if you say it
to yourself enough
you will believe it
and
I. am. fine.
I. am. fine.
I. am. fine.

[dandelions at the side of the road stock photo from pixabay.com]

[dandelions at the side of the road stock photo from pixabay.com]

I’m starting to think my current round of burnout is permanent.

I consider myself super lucky to have a part time job where I can work from home because otherwise I don’t think I would be able to do it anymore… all the commuting (public transportation), peopling, wearing highly uncomfortable clothing, having to multitask and process constantly changing technology, all of the stress/pressure. I look back and don’t know how I ever survived working in an office but I really don’t think I would be able to hold down that kind of job anymore.

I think things have gotten harder for me instead of easier in so many ways, or maybe I just have a lower tolerance now or something. Or (as someone on FB pointed out), burnout.

I’ve written about burnout before. I think I’m on round three (or maybe five now, I’ve lost count tbh). Maybe it’s permanent this time? I dunno. I don’t know enough about it.

I have small glimpses where I’m like “OK I CAN DO THE THINGS” or “Omg I’m feeling so free from the pit of quicksand now” but nope. Maybe it really is depression. I’m not sure anymore.

This is a picture of a tired cat laying on a tiny couch. Because cat on a tiny couch. (free stock photo source: pixabay)

This is a picture of a tired cat laying on a tiny couch. Because cat on a tiny couch. (free stock photo source: pixabay)

Random ramblings on feeling free

For me, freedom is more a state of mind than anything else; that’s the thing I’ve most learned recently from being trapped for the past year. Trapped by the fear of my mom dying and not knowing what will happen to me when it happens, fear of my own failing health, fear of potentially becoming homeless… on and on…

On top of the fears, it feels like everytime anything good starts to happen or I get a bit of inspiration to try to make my life move forward in some small way that something bad happens. Like life is trying to tell me “Fuck you. You are small. You will never grow out of this. You will always be trapped in this hell.”

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So for the past year or so I haven’t bothered with much of anything. Partly because I don’t have the time or energy to do more than it takes to survive each day. But also, trying seems pointless.

It’s amazing to me how much energy it takes just to survive.

But recently I got a bit of good news. Just a tiny bit, and one that could soon be fleeting, but for that small moment I felt peace. I felt free. And freedom for me, the feeling of it, is a funny thing. Because it’s kind of like giving up sugar for a while and then having a small taste. All of a sudden I want more. Chasing the freedom dragon, if you will…

So I started thinking about it during one of my insomnia nights when I couldn’t sleep and knew I would just be laying there thinking about something, so it might as well be this. I was thinking about how I felt years ago when I left for California with basically nothing – with about as little as I have now. And how I survived.

I started thinking about how liberated I felt then, although it was perhaps a delusional feeling of liberation because things were not good and I was not free and it spiraled (eventually) into the worst time of my life since childhood. But the feeling of leaving, of going there, of feeling free — despite having no clue what would happen to me — was probably the most free I have ever felt.

Anyway, somehow as I was thinking about this, I started to feel content about whatever is to come. Not that I’ll be happy, or comfortable, or even survive it. Because I know it will be hard, and I have no way of knowing what will happen to me, and I know that I could end up dead. But the odds are just as good of me dying now as then. And who cares, really? What difference does it make if I die now or later?

In some strange way, I don’t care anymore. I care, but it’s an odd sense of acceptance. Somehow this knowledge that the idea of freedom is all in my mind anyway made it better. Because what is freedom really? A delusion that makes me feel better? And if that’s true, then why not go ahead and feel free now?

This might not make sense to anyone but me, and that’s fine. But I thought I would share it anyway. Mostly because I haven’t been writing anything here lately and people have been emailing to ask if I’m dead. (No, not yet lol). I post more on my facebook page than I do here, simply because it’s become a habit. But yes, I am still alive. Strange, but alive. : – )

[Image is of pigeons, a free stock photo from pixabay]

Your Opinion

It seems to be a common thing that people think their right to their opinion about me, my life, my autism, etc., is more important than my own experience or opinion.

Sometimes it’s about something very significant, extremely personal, and none of their business. Other times it is over something more trivial. Either way… It’s not like I asked their opinion. But they still seem to think that they are entitled to express why I am wrong and they are right about something they know little to nothing about. Sometimes it comes from total strangers. I’m way past the point of tolerating it anymore.

If I don’t drop everything and comply with their bizarre need to school me on whatever it is they think they’re right and I’m wrong about, the common response is that they have the right to their opinion. Maybe that’s true. But I have the right not to listen to it. I don’t owe my time or energy to anyone, especially people like that.

You may have a right to your opinion. But I have the right not to listen to it.

You may have a right to your opinion. But I have the right not to listen to it.

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