Okay, well, I’m writing this post on my phone on Google Docs like yesterday, because I didn’t take my laptop with me when I left the office. This time it was more or less deliberate, however. I left work early due to general, global ill-feeling, both physical and psychological, and I just didn’t feel like bothering to pack up the laptop.
I honestly didn’t feel like doing much of anything. I didn’t really feel like going back to the house‒and there were frustrations awaiting me when I arrived, but that was mainly a problem with my reaction to the unexpected change in my patterns and the like‒but I had nowhere else to go, and I didn’t want to stay at the office. I didn’t want to be anywhere, but that wasn’t a readily viable option.
There was a moment, while I waited for my train, when a freight train passed, going in the “wrong” direction, using the commuter train tracks as they occasionally do when necessary‒I’ve written about that before. It was intriguing to think how powerful the passing cars and the whole train were. They were so close you could reach out and touch them if you wanted, since they were right there passing through the station. If I had timed a jump to go between the cars as they passed (they were going no more than maybe twenty-five miles per hour), I would have been shredded to pieces in an instant, possibly before feeling anything but the initial concussion.
Of course, as I thought about it, I realized it was something I would have a hard time working up the gumption to do, and‒more importantly‒it would cause a great big mess, shutting down that train, shutting down at least some local traffic (since the station is right by a road crossing) and of course causing delays for the whole commuter system for hours. That would be terribly rude, and though of course I would have nothing to fear from Hannibal Lecter at that point, I still don’t like to be rude*.
So, I just waited for the next train and went back to the house. Someone was parked in my usual spot, which stressed me out as it always does when it happens, but I was able cleverly to third-space that stress by cursing out loud to myself repeatedly and hitting things and hurting my hands and hurting myself in other ways in the room when I got there.
It’s an overreaction, of course, but I do ask for very little from other people. I pay the power and the water and the cable/internet bills, and I don’t bother trying to negotiate splits of those bills, because that process is more stressful to imagine than is just paying. So it would be nice if my space and my routines and whatnot were left alone.
Oh, well. Why would I think the world would be comfortable in any way? It never has been so far.
Speaking of cable/internet, the WiFi went out again in the evening as I was sharing some “videos” of some cover and original songs of mine as a zillionth attempt to send a message out**. This was particularly frustrating because I had a lot of trouble with it last weekend already. I got so frustrated I went out to 7-11 and got 2 slices of pizza, which were not as good as usual, and two iced teas, which were quite nice. This was not a positive thing to do, but involved another form of self-harm in a way. At least when I got back my spot was open and the internet was once again stable after my reset.
I tried to relax and go to sleep after eating and watching a few educational videos, but I woke up starting an hour later, then 2 hours after that, then another hour later, at which point I stopped trying to get back to sleep. When it was finally late enough, I got up and came to get on the earliest train, and here I am on the way to the office.
Lather, rinse, repeat as needed, until finally‒someday soon I hope‒it will all go down the drain.
*I’ve sometimes thought that a good, polite, unobtrusive way to kill oneself would be to go to the nearby Atlantic Ocean and start swimming eastward and just keep going until exhaustion led one to one’s inevitable end beneath the waves…or until one reached Africa, I suppose. However, the fear of ocean-going predators (though a rarefied possibility) and a less-than-ideal comfort with swimming makes that process difficult to contemplate for me. A better one might be simply getting up and going for a walk, and just continuing to walk until dehydration and exhaustion and the like finished one off, though there are plenty of possible caveats there. At least, though, it would give one time to reconsider, which jumping from a great height would not allow (and which “Russian Roulette” only allows if you lose***) and the process itself might bring some sort of rescuing, spiritual insight or enlightenment‒at least if one believes some religious and spiritual stories and legends. It’s something to consider.
**It never works; I don’t know why I bother. I guess I must be more optimistic than I think I am. I’ve said it before, I wish I had a drug and/or alcohol problem, because there are numerous resources out there that are available and eager to provide help and support for those issues, and one is given social and moral support, often almost lionized, for fighting an addiction. Failing that, one can always just overdose. I think high dose fentanyl, probably combined with Valium, would likely be a decent way to die.
***Now that is a tense game, I can tell you from personal experience.
First of all, I’m so glad you’re still here, Robert. You are so precious so I hope you don’t jump in front of a train (I loved that you thought it would be RUDE of all things, that made me chuckle), swim until you drown or walk until you either get rescued, find some kind of funky ‘enlightenment’ (?) or ultimately die of starvation…which really does sound like a sucky way to go. Secondly, I liked hearing about your day and hope you are able to get some good, uninterupted sleep this evening. Sending you a big hug, J xx
Thank you. Not doing well at all.
Oh no 😢 sending you a big hug. I’m hoping tomorrow is a much better day for you xx
Thank you again. It’s much appreciated.