a compassionate letter to myself

One of the assignments from my class, which was quickly revamped from in person once a week to online now due to the virus, is to write a compassionate letter to myself

I’ve been struggling with the meditation part of the course, I feel like I can’t just sit and focus on my breathing for more than a few minutes before I need to get up and do something productive.

It’s more difficult than I had imagined.

So I’ll write this letter to myself and post it on this dusty, seldomly used blog of mine.


Dear Mer,

Damn, girlfriend.

You’re still alive and kicking, kudos to you. It must be some kind of miracle that you’re going on 5 years since your suicide attempt.

Few people have said this and since you’ll probably die before hearing it (haha!), I’ll do it myself…I’m fucking proud of you.

Yes, I’m talking about removing that waste of space ex-husband from your life and sparing the kid from his increasingly unwell, subtle abuse. I know, it’s a subject mostly avoided by others and so you keep that specific season of horror to yourself but it does deserve to be acknowledged.

It’s also fair to note that at one time, you loved him. That’s what made it so damn difficult to let him go, to let the entire 15-year relationship basically dissolve into the nothingness of the void.

I know that you still dream of him and sometimes, it really hurts because you never in your wildest imagination thought that he could be so cold and cruel.

Because you thought that you knew him, that he was deep down a decent man.

And it’s okay that you were wrong. You must forgive yourself eventually.

But now that time has had its way with the entire ordeal and has somewhat lessened the trauma, look at how far you’ve come.

I don’t think that you’d be as mentally strong if you had stayed with him because that was the easier thing to do.

To turn the other way and pretend that everything was just fine like you did for a spell there until you finally could no longer tolerate living a lie.

If you had stayed, well, perhaps you wouldn’t have been able to survive almost an entire year now without your dear mother.

You would still be trapped in that condo like a wild animal, desperate to be free.

You would never have met your boyfriend who showed you that you might have fibro but you’re not dead yet and there’s so much more to experience in life.

You are a strong woman.

You are brave.

And you’re fierce when the need arises.

When you need a reminder of why you need to keep pushing forward and continue trying, just look up into the sky, whatever hue that it may be at the time.

Your mom is watching and she loves you, girlfriend.

And because you took the harder road and came out of the other side with your heart and soul scratched but healing, you know for certain now that God is good.

Even when life isn’t fair and seems to not be worth the effort, God is good.

Love,

You

Annoying Mosquito

Sometimes, I just don’t want to be here anymore.

I’ve fought hard and continue to try to banish this unwelcome emotion and for periods of time, I’ve even succeeded. I’ve gotten too cocky about it a few times, thinking that I’ve finally accomplished what seems like the impossible.

But what’s really near impossible is being able to just talk about it with someone without scaring them so badly that they either:

A. Avoid me like the plague, which happens 89% of the time

B. Try to lock me up in the psych ward

It seems to me that suicide is becoming more of an epidemic because people just don’t want to get involved.

I would go back to weave some nice baskets if I honestly thought that I’d follow through with a plan to end this thing called life once and for all. I really would, even though the accommodations and quality of care were less than desirable.

They stopped my pain medications, gave me insulin when I didn’t need it, upped a med that was making matters worse and their idea of a mattress absolutely destroyed any chance that I’d be able to sleep, heal, rest and not wake up in severe pain every morning.

They also served me decaf coffee.

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Yet as much as I fear having to go back inside, in order to save my life, I guess that I fucking would.

It helps me when I can talk about what I am experiencing openly without being afraid of the assumption that I’m holding a steak knife across my throat. 

I really just want somebody to listen to me and that was what my mom did, bless her beautiful soul.

Here’s the craziest thing…I can go a few weeks without the thought even crossing my mind. Actually, the idea of it absolutely appalls me to my very core and I’ll wave my hand at it like it’s an annoying mosquito (that I know deep down will be back eventually to suck at my blood.)


Since my mom died almost three months ago, the notion to bring on my own demise has come back around hot and fresh, just like my morning cup of caffeinated coffee.

I’m also astonished how my grief is being handled by the few friends that I claim to have.

They mostly avoid me like the plague.

It’s blaringly obvious (more than before) that I don’t have many people who consistently check up on my mental state.

Even then, what is there to really say?

It’s really hard for me to make friends and it’s always been that way. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a introverted empath or if it’s because I’m just a weirdo with a mood disorder.

Hell, it’s probably both.

Back in the old days when I still was able to work for a living, I socialized with my coworkers. Those relationships fizzled out once I went on disability, which my mom had told me meant that they really weren’t my friends anyway.

She always had a knack for explaining the world to me, especially when it came to relationships.

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I’m starting to think that I’m just destined to be on again/off again suicidal. When I look forward at the big picture, it’s the one thing that loves to land on me, trying to suck me dry.

To My Ex-Husband

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To my ex-husband,

All I ever wanted was for you to love me until I was me again.

And I didn’t think that this was too much to ask.

I should have took more notice of the way you’d complain about wanting the old me back.

Where did she go? And I didn’t have an answer, because my mental illnesses took over and kept me their prisoner.

Do you realize just how paralyzing that was? I struggled so hard to be that old version of myself again, but it was a long battle, not to mention an impossible one.

I am mostly me again, but I’m certainly not the same old Merry that I was back in 2011.

Because I’m a stronger, updated version of myself now, partly because of the hell you put me through.

I read and hear from many sources that I need to forgive you, but that’s something that I’ll never be able to do. I will never wish you well, nor will I pray that someday you’ll see the light. That’ll never happen because you’ll never admit that you did anything wrong.

Your evil superpower is an ego the size of your ass.

You’ve caused me far too much damage for forgiveness to ever take place.

Because of your early subtle and then later insidious abuse, I have a persistent voice in my head that tells me that I’m not worthy of love.

That I’m not worthy of empathy and human kindness. That being mentally ill is something to be ashamed of, ostracized and mocked for.

I have a deep river of anger and hostility towards you. I wasted 15 fucking years of my life, the entirety of my 30’s, with a cold, heartless, lying, cheating son of a bitch. Those are years that I’ll never get back.

They are now all lost to the hands of time. All I have to show for those precious years is a greater understanding of how to detect an abusive person and then steer clear of them.

And I will not allow myself to be treated like human garbage ever again. I deserve so much more than what you were ever capable of giving.

What do I wish for you?

I wish that someday, when you become sick yourself and you’re scared shitless, that you end up alone in an ER somewhere, desperately hoping for some reassurance from your beloved that you’re not a miserable burden, better dead than alive.

Do you remember that day? That awful day when I tried to kill myself, but you couldn’t be bothered to follow the ambulance to the hospital to comfort me?

I still cannot wrap my head around it. What sort of human can do that to someone that they claim to love?

I suppose someone like you, because that’s exactly what you did. Such cruelty is absolutely disgusting and everyone that knows would agree with me.

My mother despised you, by the way. Your heart hurt when you learned that she passed away, eh?

Save the bullshit for someone who might believe you.

I hope that someday I run across your mind and you experience even the slightest twinge of regret. And if that day ever comes, I hope that you can feel my hatred for you over the miles that gloriously separates us.

I pray that your new soon-to-be wife wakes up one day to discover that you’re also cheating on her, because like you told me in a sad attempt to rationalize your deplorable actions, you have a sickness that makes you want to fuck as many women as you can.

Because of course, you’re the victim.

I really hope that she has the nerve and determination to kick you out of her home, just like I did.

Because of you, I have many years worth of therapy ahead of me. And I hope that each session, when I speak your name in an effort to finally redeem and recollect my sense of self worth, it burns your soul.

Whatever is left of it.

Your ex wife,

Merry