A little rambling…

It has been a very long while.…

How do you make your mind stop wandering? Or better yet, how do you sort through all the thoughts to really know and understand what it is you want? I am struggling to understand myself lately and it has resulted in me pushing my boyfriend away. We are no longer together. I still do not fully grasp how it came to this. I miss him. I just cannot seem to figure out why I pushed him away. And until I can figure this out, I don’t want to continue on with the relationship. I think. Or should I try to multi task and stay with him while trying to discern what I feel, want and need? I worry that doing so would be difficult and unfair to him. You see, I didn’t give myself enough time from my previous relationship to this one to reflect and reset. The thing of it is, I am an introvert. When I do not have sufficient time to work things out for myself then I am not giving my whole self to anyone. My partner, my family, my friends. Myself…

From Wikipedia…
Introversion[edit]

Introversion is “the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one’s own mental life”.[4] Some popular writers have characterized introverts as people whose energy tends to expand through reflection and dwindle during interaction.[5] This is similar to Jung’s view, although he focused on mental energy rather than physical energy. Few modern conceptions make this distinction.

They often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, using computers, hiking and fishing. The archetypal artist, writer, sculptor, engineer, composer and inventor are all highly introverted. An introvert is likely to enjoy time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people, though he or she may enjoy interactions with close friends. Trust is usually an issue of significance: a virtue of utmost importance to introverts is choosing a worthy companion. They prefer to concentrate on a single activity at a time and like to observe situations before they participate, especially observed in developing children and adolescents.[6] They are more analytical before speaking.[7] Introverts are easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation from social gatherings and engagement, introversion having even been defined by some in terms of a preference for a quiet, more minimally stimulating external environment.[8]

Mistaking introversion for shyness is a common error. Introverts prefer solitary to social activities, but do not fear social encounters like shy people do.[9]

While this explains much of my behaviors, it does not help me to understand why I behave or think like I do in other situations. For example, in a relationship, I will focus much too hard on one small flaw or mistake made by my partner or even myself. I will dwell on it so hard that I am convinced I cannot let it go. I pick at it until the relationship suffers. Only then do I start to realize the damage that has been done over something so minor. Then, in the case of my boyfriend, we end up in a break up. He confronts me and asks questions that I have no answers to. Why I think certain things, why I feel this way or that. I cannot explain why, I just do. I start to unravel and make no sense. I go on and on about my birth mother, I do not want to be like her. And while I work to be better, I seem to fail. Once it has come to this, I get angry with myself. I cannot let go of the swirling mass of thoughts, anger, pain and confusion. I want to. But I can’t. It is so easy, everyone says. “Just tell yourself this or tell yourself that” But they have no idea what it’s like to be me. To constantly battle with the thoughts in your head. I cannot just make them go away. Well, I guess it would be better to master the thoughts in my head. That is the true challenge here. To master them, understand and accept and finally let go of. How does one do this?

I am feeling so lost. Not depressed really, it’s just I feel like I should have this figured out by now. I am almost 35 and do not want to be this confused. I fear my path is one that will be travelled alone. To the end. Maybe not everyone is supposed to have a significant other…

 

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Finding Calm and Forgiving Myself

The last few days have been a bit of a roller coaster of emotions. I had no reason to be down but I found myself in a dull mood nonetheless. Does that happen to anyone else? I mean, life is actually pretty darn good these days so I just decided to blame it on the fact that the sun hasn’t been shining in a few days. Since I haven’t a reason in the world to be blue, I had a hard time forgiving myself for having these feelings. I didn’t understand it. Still don’t really but no matter. I couldn’t understand that I was down without reason and couldn’t seem to shake it off. Yesterday, I decided to do some Yoga before my boyfriend came over. This calmed me down but I was still not in a good mood, as a matter of fact it felt a little like angry Yoga. But it worked partially and it was definitely good to see my boyfriend when he got here with a smile on his face. This morning, I still had a hard time slapping on a smile and being ready for the good times. Throughout the day though, I was noticing that I was a little bit cheerier as the time went by. So after work I went to buy some plants for outside and that really put a smile on my face, not so much for the wallet though. (Oops!) As my fingers were in the dirt planting and watering, I took a step back and realized that something so simple and wonderful as planting some plants made me feel calm and peaceful. It was a lovely feeling to come back to. I just finished Yoga and am now feeling back to my normal self, even smiling while I write this! Isn’t it awesome sometimes how the really little things in life can make you so happy? Too often people forget about those things in life that are able to so simply remind us how lovely a life it can be. I wish for people to stop and smell the flowers more! When my hibiscus plant starting blooming this year I almost exploded with joy of seeing it come to life! (I should mention that I am usually not so good at keeping plants alive. only recently I have been better at it. I believe it is the Yoga that has improved my green thumb)

What makes others happy? Are there little things that bring you out of a funk or give you a little boost of joy? To take it back to “The Sound of Music”, a few of my favorite things are, my mom smiling, my boyfriends kiss, plants that I keep alive, the sun on my face, laughing until my cheeks and stomach hurt, we all love the silly am I right? Good night world, bring on tomorrow!Image