Welcome… Too a few things, first off, back to goneawayboys! I know it’s been sometime since I contributed something more than a half ass article that I wrote amdist my boredom in foreign islands, or in an airplane over the pacific. But, here I am. Sounds like it was a really tough break, doesn’t it?
Truth is… I contemplated giving up this blog entirely, and just riding out what it was, this blog and the sunset. Her & I together. See ya. Why? I’m not entirely sure. I felt like there was almost nothing too write about anymore. I thought, I’ve wrote so much about my own story, my own fight with mental illness, that what else can I do, except write the same thing over and over again, because, basically, that’s almost how I feel every day… Over and over again. Or often enough anyways. And, being a half-ass smart kid, or so I would like to think, I know that the audience doesn’t care much for repetition as much as they appreciate new quality content. So, I thought… What else can I do? Welp, the NHL came back. I thought then, after each week, I would put together my thoughts on the NHL – My viscous opinion after the week that was. But, then I thought, wait… nearly >400,000 writers have had that same idea. What is going to make the opinions of yours truly any more readable then the rest?
Other than… well, what I would write would, likely be 100% correct! But, essentially, that would grow old really fast, because people would be either a) tired of agreeing with me every single time, or b) simply wouldn’t give a shit anymore. I’ll tend with the latter.
I have also been long thinking, that since its February, and apparent Mental Health month, depending on you who you ask… It could also be heart month, or limb month. Either which way, I choose its mental health month, though, for me, every day is. I do appreciate such initiatives that are looking to get the word out. Especially, the words that are mental illness, and, for that, I sincerely applaud Bell.
I continually go back and forth right now between, Twitbook & the fridge. Twitbook is my reference to facebook & twitter, which have now become one and same annoying usage of social media, though, I disgruntle at times. I am the worst for it. Fridge, well, beers don’t stay cold on the deck. Soooo….. Don’t judge me.
I’ve made a few posts regarding this #BellLetsTalk day, and I have changed most of my pictures on the 17 different social media sites to that of my sister; Jen. Simply, too remember her, and too show everyone her smile, and how beautiful she was. As most of you know, from hopefully reading this blog, Jen committed suicide back in May of 08. May 7th. 2008. No matter how many Sunday mornings I claim are the worst day of my entire life, nothing even comes close. Nothing. I still remember the day like it was yesterday. I even know what I was wearing… Black Mount Royal sweatpants… That I have never worn since, along with a plain white zip-up hoodie… That I have never wore since. You might wonder why I was dressed like such a slob. Well, I was at one of my best friends place, and we were cruising the net, entertaining the option of house-boating in the coming weeks. Then, my phone rang. My interest in house-boating has simply never been the same. And, of course, I can’t blame my sweater, sweats, and houseboating on what had happened that day… But, if you know, I am annoyingly superstitious… And, these things stick with me, they do. Maybe it sounds stupid, but I really hope you just don’t get it. I wouldn’t wish this upon my worst enemy. I remember my Uncle Jeff was the one that called me, and told me I needed to go home ASAP. Didn’t give two fucks what I was in the midst of. That’s when I knew something was wrong. My uncle and I have a typical boys relationship. We chat every now and then, and when we are able to meet with each other, we do and it’s great. Thus, when he called me telling me to get home ASAP, I knew something was fucked up. I don’t think he had ever called me before. Ever… Skip the part where I break down, and throw 9 atavans in me…I had found out my sister had committed suicide. You want too talk about a shitty fucking day. Fuck me. I am terrible for being that guy, that when something bad happens, I immediately resort to the prototypical “OMG WORST DAY EVER” No… And, then I instantly feel my teeth, or my body hurt and I know its Jen kicking me. Her way of telling me, like fuck kid, get over it. Don’t be that guy. You whiny, selfish weiner… And she’s right. I hate myself for acting like that. That was the worst day. That was the shittiest day. I can’t fathom another day worse. And, it’s not like a pretty white dove came and sent the message peacefully, and all was good. No, It was my mom, who too this day, I will knock out each and every tooth you own if you argue me that you know a stronger person…. Anyway, it was my mom, she came in through the garage, walked… Hmm, I suppose it was 12 feet. I was sitting on the couch, on the right hand side, in the same slug clothing I had on previously, and I remember her, she was wearing black, she kind of just crawled… crawled into the middle of the living room, and she just fell too her hands… and I knew… something wasn’t right. But, still had zero idea of what the fuck was going on. I still couldn’t imagine what I was about to be told…. Your sister killed herself…. And, crash. My mom fell to the ground, my Dad (the tough fuckn’ bullrider) who knew tried to comfort me, but I just immediately lost it. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t take it. Couldn’t believe it. I had all these other pre existing ideas in my head of what was actually happening too our family at the time, and never once did I think it was Jen… I thought she was doing OK? but, maybe, how the hell was I too know? Did I ever care too check in?
If any parents are reading this blog… I want you too imagine this, while you think you’re the shit cause your child has the latest… Well, You are told on a friday night, that your daughter, your fucking daughter has just committed suicide. Hey, happy friday. Guess what. Now, you must go turn around, drive along the lovely paved highway till you get home, and you must tell your 18 year old, and 8 year old that there sister passed away. Now? How? What? … No? Fuck off.
… Yes. I still to this day, do not know how my mom did that. I don’t know. I know this though, she is the single strongest human being I have ever met in my entire life, for being able to do so. And, she didn’t try and hide it, she didn’t try make it cute. She told us. How the hell…. Think about this one for a second. And, if anyone knows my mom. If for a second you don’t think she is one of the best… Do me a favor… Grab your two front teeth, knock them out, and go give her a hug. No one deserves one more. Even if this was 4 years ago. No parent in my mind should have too worry about passing along the news of a passing child, let alone, after that have too be the one too break the news to the little brothers.
Sweet fucking crocodile rock. I can’t imagine. I can’t.
It honest to fuck, took me 4 years to believe it. FOUR YEARS! There are times even today, and yesterday, where I still didn’t really believe it. Maybe that’s why people think I have done such a good job dealing with this, that combined with, I just do my best not too talk about it ever. Which, I know is wrong. But, I feel like, the rest of the world will stop and care for your tragedy for a maximum of 2 days… While, you may struggle the rest of your life, I feel like people only understand, care, and pity you for 2 days max. Not that I want anyone too pity me. EVER. Please don’t. But, you know what… That day, and my sister is someone and something that cross my mind daily. Maybe one day, when we are out for a beer, or a coffee, maybe just ask, How I am… Ya’ know, I know, as the other fella. That may be the most difficult question ever, how do you ask that…. But there are times, and nights, where nothing else is on my mind.. I’d be enthralled to give you an answer… I know it happened 4 years ago for you, and everyone else. But, for me and my family… It’s every day.
….. It’s hard. Anyway, I said I was going to skip the details because I didn’t want too exhaust too many atavans, but I managed to write, and get through those few lines without taking any! Can you believe that. It may have took me almost over an hour to write that… But, I did it…. Right, and that’s a step in the right direction.
For a lot of my life, particularly since Jen passed away suddenly. I have denied almost…. Well, everything basically, and thought I have tried my best to come too terms with what had happened, obviously I couldn’t, and I don’t think I ever will. And, I tried my best too get myself back on track, and though, I think I certainly leveled that challenge out, depends how you do define back on track…. But, do I go a week without falling back in my own depression, do I go a week without thinking about my sister, do I go a week without any anxiety. You bet your sweet pineapple; No. I do not. That said, Nor do I think I am at rock bottom anymore, I was, and I am fortunate enough to be alive today. But, though, I believe I may have my depression under control, its still something that I suffer from. And, though, I may have handled the death of my sister all on my own, without any professional help, with the exception of two complete wieners, I think I have done OK, just OK. But, there are days, like today, where OK just isn’t good enough. I still have nighs where I will lay in bed for 45 minutes and I will just talk out loud. I am talking too my sister, and I believe that she listens to every word, but the rest of the world must think I am fucking nuts. Seriously. I would!
I have gone to 2 therapists in my life since Jen passed away. But, too understand what that means, you must understand me. I am, or I try too be a very independent, proud individual, I don’t like too get help. I am a guy. And, I remember going to see a psychiatrist, I don’t think it was long after Jen passed. But, he was a nice fellow… but, I either just wasn’t ready, or just wasn’t drinking his Kool-Aid, but it was the last time I ever went to a “big dog” and it left a completely sour taste in mouth for the entire experience. I saw a therapist a few years later at my university, and that was equally as worse, if not more. Actually, it was painful. It’s was a struggle, it really was. And, you know what, I understand both sides… But, they want me too book an appointmen, say, Thursday at 1:15pm! OK perfect! Can’t wait! Oh gee, me neither! Woo hoo! So, Thursday comes along. Enter the small, dark, plain, gloomy room of Ms. Therapy.
BE READY TO REVEAL ALL OF YOUR PROBLEMS AT THE BLINK OF AN EYE SIR!! YOUR APPOINTMENT HAS BEEN BOOKED!!!
“So Blair, what brings you here”
“Oh, really, what do you mean by that?”
“Did you mom suggest for you too come and see me, am I the therapist you’ve seen?”
“Kind of, not really, and No”
“Well, what else can you tell me, Blair?”
…. Silence, maximum efforts too collect my breathing….
“Oh! Your sister!” (As if she was expecting the typical my mom won’t pay for my textbooks this semester – story) Tell me about your sister”
… And well, you can imagine how the remaining 7 minutes of this meeting went. It didn’t last long, my answers remained a word or 3 in length. I just didn’t want too be there. I didn’t understand why I should tell this lady anything? After all, did she even understand? Or, did she just read a damn fucking textbook and learn what too say? Because, that’s what pisses me off. There is a huge difference between truly “getting it” and just “knowing what too say”
Again, I either, just wasn’t ready, or wasn’t drinking her bullshit (denial)
And, since I have talked too no one, except for Microsoft Word, as I continue to write in my blog and spill the juicy details, and that has made me feel significantly better, although unlikely it’s long-term. It hasn’t quite replaced the complete feeling of nothingness. But, you know what… There are times, where… I don’t mind that numb feeling that I live with, and I live with it by the day. Sometimes I wonder, is it better too feel numb, or too feel nothing at all. Or, what the fuck is the difference.
It’s been a tough stretch since we spoke last, but, I do miss you so much Jen, I think about you every day, and there are days where I truly believe that if I just squeeze a little harder, just a tiny bit, maybe you will come back, even if just for a brief chat, I feel like you will be there. And, you know what… Maybe you are there, I just can’t see you. But, I want too. I want to see that smile. I want to talk to you, and I want too hear your voice. I want too remember your voice, Jen. Please. Come back.
In the meantime, I’ll talk, I’ll talk for both you & I, and I will count the days till I see you again, someday.
God Damnit, I love you & I miss you. So much, it hurts.
– Kid Brother –