AddendumI'm going to publish this mainly because I truly believe in it's content --- even though it's a post from last week. Things have transpired and I did get some help from some dear friends --- that I cherish. However, I've had much thought, and I've processed things almost incessantly. My depression has somewhat subsided, I don't feel like I'm spiraling out of control. When you feel so alone in the world - a world that feels cold, detached, and uncaring, it's a devastating feeling. I know some of you can relate. Missing loved ones, spending holidays by yourself, and being broke to boot - feels like hitting a bottom where hope is concerned. I made it through, of course but not without pain. I don't like emotional pain. Who does? But I had to ask myself many questions, and I did not like some of them. I did not like it because some of them were in regards to my being angry with myself. Those kinds of queries are never easy to admit. But if I am anything I am honest, and this includes with myself. Those are the hardest questions to face. But they must be faced if we are to be forthright with our true selves. I surely don't want to be a type of person that blames others for my own crap. I refuse to do that. So, I have to own what's mine. Yeah, I've been pretty miserable lately, and yes, I have been upset with myself. I"m not going to wallow in it, but it is true. It's going to take time to get out of this financial mess. I'm going to struggle. That is fine. I own that, much as I don't want to, I have to. Difficult times, bring about, and expose real truths. That's just what I've been through. I always strive to learn from life. It's a passion of mine. People show their true colors when you're in need - believe you me. It's in our best interest to discover what roles people play in your life, or you'll be let down, for sure. I'll say one bit of a little wisdom that I learned that's not new news but that is a truth -- when people show you who they are -- BELIEVE THEM. *********************************************************************************
LIFE is difficult - this is a great truth. I cannot remember where I read this, but I recall it sharply - and it bumbles around my dark mind. This month has been pure unadulterated hell. I have had no money basically since the third, and anyone that's ever been broke knows, money is life. You have no choices without funds. Everything you want to do and NEED to do evaporates without funds. Your chances are eliminated, your choices are reduced to basically nothing - and life pretty much ceases to exist. However, I've done my best to take this with a grain of salt - and go on - the hardest part is truly finding out who cares for you and who doesn't. Because when the chips are truly down, you find out what's up. An you find out quick who's in your corner.....and who's not. You even find out who's supportive and who's not. It's actually sort of interesting watching it all unfold if you can stomach it ---- because believe you me - it hurts. Especially when you're a giver. I'd never leave one of my friends in the position I'm in. I just wouldn't. This is what friends are for. At least in my mind, maybe I have got this thing mixed up or inaccurate in my mind - but to me, when we are at an all time low - aren't we supposed to help pick each other up? Not because we're "supposed" to - but out of the goodness of our hearts?
See I'm real confused right now. Real confused and hurt. I guess I'm naive. However, I still would not change who I am for anything in the world. I believe whole-heartedly that this is the way that God designed us. We were put on this earth to help each other. Not to be selfish and self-seeking. We were put here to unite and support each other. This is how my heart works. If I knew that some one was struggling like I've struggled this month --- and I had money to share, there is no way that I'd not have helped him or her. And I'd joyously have done it. Do you think this has been done for me? I guess you can answer that by reading this post. I've had a few compassionate people come to my aid - dear people that I call true friends - the others, my feelings have changed about entirely.
You may ask yourself... isn't she having expectations? I've asked myself the same question. I don't expect people to help me, and I fully realize that not everyone has the same heart that I do. Yet, I question - what does lifelong friendships mean? I am totally perplexed. I've had basically strangers help me, meet basic needs, and have more compassion!
My heart is heavy, and I'm quite depressed. Yes I realize that this is no one's responsibility - and these are MY problems. I'm a BIG girl. But where is the compassion? Where is the concern?
I have so called friends (and I'm rethinking this believe me) that wouldn't buy me food if I were hungry. I'm hurt and I'm angry. Maybe I'm out of line, I don't know alls I know is that I'm really done. I'm done with selfish people. I'm done with people that judge me. If you haven't walked in my shoes - and lived in my skin you have no right. I'm doing the best I can. Yeah, I've made mistakes, but does this matter when it comes to survival? It shouldn't. When I am someones friend, it's an unconditional love. My friendships are everything to me.... but then again I'm rethinking this too. I certainly seem to give to much of my heart to people that clearly don't deserve it. This is going to stop. I don't even care if this looks, smells, or appears like self-pity, because it's not. It's just cold, hard, FACTS. The fact of the matter is that I'd help my friends if they were in my situation, and they could really care less if I have enough. Very few, if any of them have verbalized "Ghee Gina I'm sorry your having such a difficult time".... it's just like "oh well". I suppose I'm just supposed to be okay with being flat ass broke for weeks on end. I guess it's no ones problem but my own. This is the kind of world that we live in now. I guess I'd better get used to it, Christian or not. It's dog eat dog.
I guess I"m the real fool here. Maybe I'm completely off track. I don't know - maybe I'm just an odd bird in wanting to help others when they struggle. God forbid that I get a blessing out of lightening some oneness load. I must be a lunatic.
All's I know is that my heart is hurt. Oh I'm learning alright. I refuse to let it turn into a resentment - that's why I'm writing. Call me crazy but I will let this go.
I will be spending Thanksgiving by myself this year. My friend will bring me a plate of food. I'll survive. I received two invites, but I don't have the gas to go. So, I'll stay home and watch T.V. with my cat. I'm learning about people, people that say that they love you. I'm learning more and more about life and how hard it is without family. Even with family it's hard......depends upon the family. God will see me through. He always does. There's about 10 more days left of the month, and I don't exactly know if next month will be better or not. It should be. Regardless, I'm going to move on with my life. I'm just going to carefully reconsider who I call my friend.
Maybe I"m totally wrong, maybe I'm completely off base. I know that there are people that are in WAY worse circumstances than me --- please, I know this. So please don't judge me in that way. This is not a pity party. It's my attempt to process what my heart feels, and my head thinks. I also know, unequivocally that I 'm going through this for a reason - things always happen for a reason -- and that this is only for a season. Things will get better. Of all the populace, I shouldn't have to justify myself with you all.... my hope should stand for itself. It's mostly the state of the world that has me so upset, and now self-focused most humans are nowadays. It just makes me wonder what Jesus would think, and what it's doing to His heart? Cause I know it's hurting mine.
Be that person that those close to you can rely on. Give from your heart. Think about others needs. Consider your neighbors struggles, with compassion. We all need each other.