Lesser-known things about me (the gunk I hide from the world)


This is a part 2 to my earlier post about being positive on Facebook.

This is me not just posting shiny, happy-clappy things.

This is all the other gunk that I don’t post but which Rebecca’s article has inspired to let spill out as I loosen up heart strings and show you a little of what resides all the way inside my bones.

So (deep breath), here we go:

I have spent so much of my life being afraid to be alone

As I was eating cake one day in school when I was about 9, one of my classmates looked into my tupperware and said, “It’s no surprise that you’re fat, you know”

I didn’t have a boyfriend until I was 20.

After many years of living out with friends, I am now living back at home with my parents. And this is weird because I now automatically feel like I’m 15 again and like I am less able to stand on my own.

I just don’t know how to flirt. Or make good first impressions. Last week, as I was being introduced to this new guy (who I think is pretty awesome), he just blatantly his back on me and walked away.

Sometimes (actually, often), I tell jokes that nobody understands. They don’t even look at me with a puzzled look, they just look away and pretend they didn’t hear.

I don’t really know what’s going on with Syria, Egypt, the Middle East or important current affairs.

I had an eating disorder when I was 14, when I felt guilty even drinking water.

I don’t know what to do around new people. I don’t know how to start conversations.

It terrifies me to be around large groups of people. As much as I purport to like parties, I could think of nothing more frightening and unpleasant.

When I was little, I ate flowers and threw up all over my grandmother’s kitchen.

The thought of my parents not being here one day anymore absolutely terrifies me. So I’m a Daddy’s Girl and a Mummy’s girl. I grew up an only child and my parents are my world, they still are even though I’m already 32. It makes me unbearably sad to even think they won’t be here one day.

I struggle with forgiveness—sometimes, I just don’t know how.

I have known such desolate painful sadness that all I could do at the time was take one Xanax after another to sleep it away.

I have also known such suffocating anxiety, that I would wake up in the early mornings and struggle to breathe, where the only thing that would make it feel better was to cry and cry and cry, as if crying would somehow let the pain out, like air from a balloon.

For all that I do with fashion magazines, all I really like wearing are stretchy, elasticated clothes, loose cotton underwear and flip-flops.

For months, I have dreamt about being trapped and not knowing how to get out. I sleep and wake filled with an old fear and an anxiety.

I regret all the time that I didn’t go to sit with my granddad, Kong Kong, more often before he passed away. I could have stayed another hour, another few minutes.  

I worry a lot, at least a few times a day, about whether people like me. I don’t know what it’s so important to me to be liked, but I feel lonely and awful when I know that someone doesn’t or is upset with me.

I have dated people whom I felt shameful and embarrassed about introducing to my friends.

There are some people in the world who I feel a tremendous amount of anger and sadness towards. I still don’t know how or what it will feel like to forgive them.

I work with people a lot younger than me and it’s made me think a lot about what I’ve done / where I’ve been until now. There are days I feel totally disoriented and lonely, like I’m having to relearn from scratch really basic things about living and working and just being around people.

Sometimes, while I am happy for good things that happen to friends, I think there’s a lot more in me than sincere joy.

I think I’m becoming more afraid to trust people sometimes and that scares me. I am being so careful with who I open up my heart now. It makes me feel bad, selfish, calculating, small; but I also know I just won’t open myself  to the possibility of pain again.

I eat way more than is healthy for me. Sometimes, I have also eaten way less than is healthy for me.

I find it extremely hard to accept compliments and believe that they’re true. There’s always a voice that will say, “Oh, well, they have to say that because they’re you’re family/friend /boyfriend” and a part of me will convince the rest of me that they are actually concealing a plethora of other hateful things they have to say about me.

I have known an anger so intense and so fierce that it has scared me. It frightened me to realise that I had this potential to be that angry that I would feel myself physically tremble in fury. It scared me that I didn’t know how to lessen the anger or make it go away; the only thing I felt I could do at the time was to go to the gym and pound the machines for so long and so hard that I was too exhausted to feel (anything) anymore.

I did a month’s internship in Accenture when I was 19 and saw how much of an incapable freak I really was, when placed within the sphere of a corporate, seemingly very normal world.

When I was small, I would pick up snails and throw them back across the garden, thinking it funny that they would then have to traverse the whole length of the lawn again (I still feel bad about this, okay).

I have a really, really bad scalp problem and there’s always that embarrassing thing of having flakes snowfall all over my (black) clothes.

There are some friends, so close I used to consider them family, who have disappointed me so tremendously that the hurt has felt sick and physical, all through the deepest knots of my stomach. I have resolved that I may (will) never speak to them again in this lifetime. The saddest part is that—because I never want to go down that pain again—I think  I’m actually okay with this.

I also have some friends who I have have so much gratitude and love for that I worry all the time that I won’t be able to let them know enough times, or that maybe they don’t really understand just how profoundly they have impacted my life and helped me. I hope you know who you are.

This list is nowhere near complete. The gunk is eternal (am I the only person in the world who has so much?). But I think even I’m starting to bore myself now, so this will have to end

~ end ~ (for now)


Photo by erokism on Flickr Creative Commons

5 thoughts on “Lesser-known things about me (the gunk I hide from the world)

  1. Jamie!

    I think most normal people have stuff like this (and worse) going on in their heads and in their history. It to be expected, it just takes a while to learn how to cope with some of it, ignore some of it, realise that its not important or who you are today, and realise that everyone else is carrying similar stuff in their heads and most importantly they can’t see whats going on in your head! Most people are too concerned with themselves to really notice others.

    Also that “pretty awesome guy” who turned his back on you did not behave in an awesome way to you, he sounds rude at the very least, time to leave the boyfriends who you are embarrassed to be with behind. You DESERVE much better!

    I’d be more than happy to give you my list of things lesser known should you be interested, my help you put your own list in perspective 🙂

  2. We all go through all kinds of “trials” in life. Some help us find ourselves, some throw us off in order for us to learn what we really do not like and later, we would find what we do want in our life. I would imagine, this is the same for everyone. Without the bitter, we may not come to appreciate the sweet. Without the pain, we may not value happiness. I have every confidence that you will live your life to the fullest, according to your terms. No one is perfect in this world, yet we can still find our own sense of joy, meaning and purpose. Love and peace.

  3. That was very brave of you to share so much with honesty..and no, you aren’t the only one with “all this gunk”…everyone has them…it’s part of life 🙂

  4. Well *I* like you, Jamie! (And we both like cake.) Really, it’s okay to feel confused and awkward, and in the context of romance, or meeting strangers, or starting work at a new place, kind of inevitable. I guess just learn to be like Kermit the Frog, who just throws his arms up in the air and whines when everything starts to fall apart on the Muppet Show–but ultimately, it all works out somehow.

    Happy Festivus and Merry Christmas Eve!

  5. *comment left according to brief yet helpful instructions on how to leave comments here, which is, indeed, rather challenging*
    Jamie – it’s funny that I haven’t seen you for, what, 11 years?! and yet through reading your blog I now feel I know you better than when I actually knew you. If that makes sense. If it helps, I could write a similar post definitely to rival yours (if I had the guts). So could lots of other people, I bet, if they had the guts. Also, if it helps, you are one of the people I remember most fondly from university. However lame and annoying social media can be in ruthlessly permeating our daily lives, I’m glad they helped us to reconnect 🙂 I hope 2014 turns out to be a great year for you.

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