Hi, how are you? How have you been? I’ll admit I’m a little
nervous writing to you because I don’t want you to think I’m asking to see you.
And I don’t want you to think about me and decide to visit. I’m just not ready
to be around you. But I did want to check in with you since you’ve been
relatively quiet lately. If you recall, it’s been about six months since we
spoke. Well formally anyway. I see your posts online from time to time but I
never comment. I think we were last together at the hospital, right? That
particular stay was a doozy! I hope I never go back. Remember that one girl who
kept attacking everybody and calling us names? That was so wild.
So Ziprasidone and I are pretty friendly
these days. I know how you guys feel about him, which is also why I’m staying
away. But he’s good for me. I do miss our old friends though. How’s Elevated Mood doing? I hear she might be coming to town
soon. I know she always heads this way in the spring for an extended visit. Ooh,
maybe she’ll get to see the cherry blossoms this time. Tell her I said ‘hi’ if
you talk to her. Out of everybody, I miss her the most. She can be a lot to
take, but she doesn’t mean any harm. She just has a ton of energy. We always
have fun when we’re with each other. I wouldn’t mind getting together with her
for old time’s sake.
Hey, you know who I’ve been thinking about? Impulsivity. Man, we
used to get into so much trouble back in the day! I’m so glad I’ve learned to
love him from afar. But sometimes I like to reminisce about the things we used
to do. If nothing else, to remind me what life used to be like before my health
got better. Do you remember when he and I went to get matching tattoos?
Goodness, it was like we couldn’t help ourselves. We just had to do it and
nothing would deter us. I was shaking so much in the chair from all my nervous
energy that the tattoo artist got upset. He said if I couldn’t’ sit still, he
wouldn’t continue. Imp just laughed at me.
Afterwards I felt so ridiculous. And by then, Imp was nowhere to
be found, as usual. I was embarrassed I’d let him talk me into getting the
tattoo. What bothers me is I’m not even supposed to have those. It’s against my
religion. But as soon as Imp started hyping up the idea, I couldn’t say no. And
it came up out of the blue, so suddenly too. We didn’t think about the
consequences or wonder if we’d regret doing it. This didn’t occur to either of
us. All that mattered was getting that ink. To be honest, we’d been hanging out
with that guy Compulsion too often back then, and we let him influence our
choices. I think both Imp and I are pretty suggestible, if you ask me.
Oh my gosh, do you know what I did the other day? I decided to
create a gratitude journal to remind myself of all the good things in my life
that I’m grateful for. Oh BP, it’s been such a help. Every day I write about
the things that make me happy and what I appreciate. You know they always
taught us to do this whenever we’d go to the hospital. Well I finally got
around to it. You should try it sometime. You’d love it! And maybe it will give
you a better outlook on life.
Guess who I’ve been chatting with lately? Insomnia! Can you
believe it? I know we used to hate each other. But we’ve since reconciled and
we’re spending almost every night together. We laugh and carry on like two
little old ladies. Her jokes about not sleeping are too funny. And she still
loves to play pranks on me in the middle of the night, as much as she always
did. That Insomnia is such a card! We really have to stop meeting up though, or
I’ll get sick again. You know how that goes.
So I have to know, how’s BPD doing these days? Do you see her
often? Has she gotten herself together yet? Last I heard she was ruining yet
another relationship. I’m sorry to say it but I hope I never interact with her
again. She and I do not get along.
She makes me so mad, I can’t stand it. And we always bring out the worst in
each other. It’s always all or nothing with us. Things are either great or
horrible. There is no in between, it’s awful. She’s just not a good influence
for me so I try to avoid her at all costs. And if you remember, I had to go to
therapy partly because of her. I’m still salty about that. I’m not trying to shift
blame or anything, but I can’t help thinking that if I’d never met her, my life
would’ve been much less stressful and anxiety ridden.
Speaking of my cousin Anx, did you hear she had a baby? Yeah,
she named her OCD. I’m not one to criticize name choices, but OCD? Ok, I have so
many questions. Don’t tell my cuz But why that name? What does it even mean?
That kid’s going to have a tough time in life with a name like that. Why OCD? Is
it a family name? Is it symbolic in some way? I keep saying it over and over,
letting it roll around on my tongue so I can get used to it. It just makes me
feel so prickly inside when I say it. But I can’t stop. I’ve repeated it about
500 times now. OCD. OCD. Nope, I still can’t get used to it. It sounds strange
in my head, like an echo and a hollow tinny sound all at the same time. Oh wait;
I’m getting fixated again. Don’t mind me. You know I do this sometimes. It’s
gotten better, but I still slip now and then. My brother Buspirone has been
helping me overcome it. He’s been such a blessing. He has his moments, like
everybody, but overall I’ve loved having him around. I wish I had told him
sooner that I needed his help.
You know, Depression has been on my mind a lot lately. I can’t help thinking
about him and wondering if he’ll ever get better. He just seems so lost
sometimes. It’s like he lives in his own dark world where no one can reach him.
I feel so badly for him. He brings everyone down with his misery, negative
outlook and detachment, and he doesn’t even realize it. He’s a good guy, just
misunderstood I think.
I guess you heard that Anger and I made up a few weeks ago. We
decided to part ways for good, but in doing so I think we’ve reached an
understanding. I’m so happy about it. I
think he realized how he much he was hurting me and knew why we couldn’t see
each other anymore. It’s really for the best. I sometimes get scared that I won’t
find anybody else, but I’m trying to be patient. I don’t want to go back to him
just because I’m lonely. It’s hard though. Being alone I mean. I can’t shake
the fact that I’ll die by myself, with nobody there to notice. That thought
bothers me all the time. People say ‘just be positive’. But even in doing so, I
haven’t found anybody else that understood me like Ang did. A friend of mine
always counsels me to accept things as they are and to look forward to better
times. You know that girl Patience? The one everybody always talks about? Well
she’s his best friend. I guess that’s why he’s always so calm and collected. Maybe
I should meet her someday. She sounds lovely.
I’m not even going to ask about Grandiosity. He annoys me to no
end. Always thinking he’s better than everybody and deciding he can do whatever
he wants. He seems to think the world revolves around him. That guy is so obnoxious. And he makes me look bad
when he’s around. I get sucked into his schemes and plans, and I forget who I
am. But his presence is so intoxicating. You know how he is; charismatic and
charming…until he completely alienates everybody with his over inflated sense
of self. I’m sure I’ll run into him again soon. It’s inevitable.
Oh wow, I just realized this whole letter has been one big
gossip session. Hey, maybe we both needed that. Anyway, I hope you’re doing
well, BP. I don’t hate you or anything, but I need some space. I hope you can
accept that. I know we’ll always be in each other’s lives. I just think it’s
best if we limit our time together. Take care of yourself.
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