How To Turn Your Lover Into A Nepalese Mountain Guide and Other Helpful Hints For Not-Managing Your LifeBy Zoe Brock
March 19, 2008
“Tis not the amount of stress one copes with, but the grace with which one handles it, that is the measure of a persons strength.”
I said that!
“Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you even know you’re falling.”
I said that too!
I’m wicked fucking smart sometimes, but it’s a crying shame that I’m terrible at following my own advice.
I need a t-shirt made up with “I’m a hypocrite” on the front and “No I’m not” on the back.
In the last year I’ve felt some stress. I’ve been ripped off and lied to, manipulated and used. I’ve been broke and scared and confused and felt horribly violated. I’ve also felt loved and creative and proud and hopeful– but those are completely irrelevant and much too happy feelings at this point in the story. It’s the throbbing muck and boiling gore that we’re wallowing in here today, not fluffy bunny tails and creme caramel niceties. Today we focus on…. the shit.
Lately I’ve been feeling stressed. Over the past few months my life somehow evolved, despite many truly beautiful things happening to me, into a threatening, malevolent entity, fangs bared, hairy arms extended, flailing and reaching for my throat.
The daunting experience of moving to a strange city with no emotional backup and no circle of friends made me feel small and frightened. Limited finances and a seemingly enormous set of insurmountable barriers made my soul shrink and my bravery vanish. Everything seemed so damn big, except for me, who became tiny and useless.
As a consequence I became vulnerable. Actually that’s a complete understatement. As a consequence I became PATHETIC. My coping mechanisms shut down and I turned into a needy, codependent, emotionally autistic, simpering twit. I turned into these things because, for the first time in ages, I could. Why? Because I had someone there to pick up my slack.
I had a lover to help carry my weight.
I had a boyfriend with broad shoulders.
I had a man to fall back on.
I tried to turn my Love into my Sherpa.
Actually Tenzing might think it was kinky in a twisted Nepalese way.
But I digress. What is it about people that makes us lean on each other when we are more than capable of leaning on ourselves?
Laziness? Luxury? Madness?
Whatever it is, it’s got to stop. The people we love the most should never get the worst of us. The people who love us the most deserve the sweetest sides and most gentle touches.
Receiving love is not an excuse to get weak, but a reason to feel stronger.
Why does this shit always seem easier in retrospect? Is Apple going to design us an iCrystalBall soon?
Personally I feel that a therapist, tender and passionate sex, lots of forgiveness, patience, talking, time and space can conquer anything if the love is great enough and the desire shared. But that’s just me. Not many people are as stupidly romantic and emotionally autistic as I am. Some people are more practical.
Me? Not so much.
I tend to think that practicalities can be taught and learned, but that love cannot. To me love is the foundation of everything, practicalities are just a layer to keep the soft stuff from oozing out and staining the sheets.
It turns out that, while my lover had broad enough shoulders, he didn’t have the inclination to use them, and the weight of my load caused him to leave me on the mountain to carry my own shit. It was a good call on his behalf. That much weight isn’t good for anyone, and it wasn’t his job to carry it. In the end I decided to leave it all at base camp and carry on climbing with nothing but some extra oxygen, a warm pair of socks and this fucking flag thing that I aim to stick in the ground when I get to the top.
Climbing is fun. This mountain is huge and daunting but I’m determined. It’s sad that I have to keep climbing alone, for now…
… because, man, this view deserves to be shared.