It’s been three and a half years and I’ve become very good at getting through the days without minimal thoughts of Willie or the circumstances of his death. As a matter of fact, I have become quite the expert at seeing an emotion coming and heading it off and very adeptly showing it to the little cupboard inside of me that is getting very full of tucked away feelings right now. Very adept at it. So adept that a year ago or so I even came to the realization that I shouldn’t – and really couldn’t – keep doing that. Then, I decided that it hurt too much so I went back to tucking it all away. This though, with more awareness – so it’s all good, right? It’s not unconsciously happening at least.
Yeah, that’s not working so well. Things get stirred up and bubble to the surface more and more and they are stronger and stronger and demand attention. Sometimes it just simply overwhelms me and that’s that. Other times , like lately, I fight so hard to keep a lid on it and let out a bit here and there. Just enough so the pressure doesn’t cause a complete structural failure. But close. So close.
Today is one of those days of it being just under the surface all day again. Keeping up the ok face at work and in texts and conversations. Trying to so hard to ignore it all and pretend it’s not there. Flashes of images and thoughts and memories crashing across my mind in split second dashes of pain, leaving me determined to ignore them and be “fine”.
Until I get home and run out the things to do to keep my body and mind busy. Until I sit and stop and the tears are there without me noticing them starting, and my chest hurts from trying to breath through it and at the same time trying to shut it all down – hard!
The anger wells up that I can’t hold it off and that I want to. So badly do I want to not be feeling what I feel and thinking what I’m thinking. So desperately do I not want to ask the question that is sitting there – again, like it keeps showing up. Who cares? That’s what my mind says. It doesn’t matter and I’m not going to find the answer anyways. Or I already know and the answer doesn’t change what happened anyways, so who cares?
But still, tonight it’s there. The fucking drilling question of why? In my mind – which is the only place I can talk to him anymore – I ask him. Why? Why did you give up? Why did you decide that day and that time? Why didn’t you reach out for help? Why didn’t you say goodbye? Why did you have to do it? What hurts now though is that I can answer all those questions. I can, because he did. In his journals and his notes and his actions and his conversations those last few weeks and months. The answers don’t help me to stop asking though. Because the one question that I know, and hate, the answer to is the hardest. Why can’t it be different? The answer is, it can’t be.
Suicide, you suck. Mental Illness, you too. You can both fuck off. You leave questions and answers that never end.