Happy Halloween, friends! I hope everyone is satisfying their sweet tooth and staying safe in the process!
Will try not to scare anyone with today's blog entry. It won't be a long one - it serves as a little bit of a double purpose, though.
To clarify - I made an appointment for a 1:1 session with the woman who runs the monthly support group that I have been attending. At the close of the last meeting, I inquired on potential volunteer opportunities for me, and a possible 1:1 session where I could come in and dump some of what was going on with me. It wasn't an emergency - but at the time, it had been a rough week; I was feeling overall anxiety and uncertainty for MOST of this past month but especially so after recent discussions with my fiancee in regards to her rising social status. (That can be read up on in my 'turbulence ahead' entry, if interested.) My relationship, I don't think was ever in any danger - I just didn't realize that right away. I needed TIME to process everything, to do so in the moment has NEVER been my strong point. When I'm battling conflicting feelings and inner dialogue, I am guilty of temporarily shutting down while I overthink things until they make sense. Sometimes it takes a few days, sometimes it takes weeks, months, years. At any rate, it's always been the safest pace for me.
While I think I can safely say that those most recent meltdowns POSSIBLY could be related-but-not-related to my anniversary being at the beginning of this month (which is over tomorrow - GOODBYE, October!) I am feeling a LOT better, now - more calm, more at peace with some of the changes I'm working toward. I've got some new goals, new responsibilities, new PLANS. For the first time in several months, I feel I am making progress toward being more successful, more accomplished, climbing out of the 'same ol', same ol'' pit that I've been stuck in for far too long. There are still some things I am waiting to hear about (school) but for now, everything else is going GREAT.
And so, I've entertained the thought of cancelling Friday's appointment. I got the 'you better not!' look from the fiancee when I told her - and so I've decided that rather than cancel it, I'll instead give some thought to what I can 'bring' with me on Friday. Earlier last week when an appointment time was emailed to me, I asked if it would be all right to bring with me something I wrote - kind of a breakdown of what I felt I needed to work on with myself right now.
I know I'm going to have to answer the question posted in the title - 'why am I here?' (Isn't that the FIRST thing a new counselor or therapist will ask?) And given my past experience with therapy, I'm more likely to shrug and say, "you tell me." That's not going to fly, I know. I need to have an answer.
I'll discuss my search for additional purpose...the growing need to become more active and involved. There are already some ways that I've already done so - but it honestly should NOT be THIS much of a challenge! Especially in the 'offline' mode; I need to better prepare myself for going back to school and other upcoming social opportunities that may arise. I need to feel the confidence to take on these things without doubting myself and what I know I'm capable of.
I've done very little 'work' on healing from the DV my ex-husband put me through. It wasn't even until recently that I realized that I was a DV survivor on top of the other stuff. On everything else, I've done PLENTY of healing work, thinking, writing, sorting through, soul searching. But I think MOST of my current mental conflicts are a direct result of his handiwork - although I've broken away from him and have not been his wife for nearly eleven years, his influence STILL haunts me today. And it's in many ways, affecting my desire to put myself out there. I just feel that, for the moment, there are 'consequences' to enjoying myself around others.
I've only got 45-50 minutes for the session, so I'll start with this. I'm not sure if this is going to become a regular occurrence, going to counseling. I only know this lady through the group meetings and don't know if she will be an ideal sounding board but the only failure in this case would be not giving it a try. Either way, I think it will be enough to talk about this time.
I will be back later on over the weekend or early next. ;)
Hoping you're all having a great day. Please keep me in your thoughts on Friday - and all of your fingers crossed that I can walk out of that meeting feeling a heightened, if not complete, sense of clarity.