It is ten o'clock on a Sunday night. My kids are in bed, my laundry is folded, my house is cleanish, my coffee pot is set up for morning, my feet are up on the table.
And I suddenly look up from the children's shoe shopping I'm absentmindedly doing and say, "OH CRAP, I HAVE TO WRITE A BLOG POST."
It wasn't supposed to be this way.
Last year, by this time I was doing amazing writing. I was in it. There was magic. I was writing narratives of things that had happened, weaving metaphors, tugging at heart strings. I felt like a writer. I felt like I knew what I was doing.
It was a fool's errand to go into this project this year trying to recreate that. Truly. I know this. There's no way to recreate magic, to revisit a moment when something clicks and happens. The moment I had an idea in my head of how this was supposed to go, of where it was supposed to end up, of what it was supposed to look like, I had failed.
That sucks, guys.
I don't know what I'm doing. I don't know where I am. I am embarrassed that I am still STILL writing about writing, that I don't have anything to say.
I am so afraid of being unremarkable.
And that's the thing, isn't it? that's the thing that keeps me silent, that makes me small. The fear of being small is what keeps me down. The belief that nothing I have to say is important, that no one will ever want to hear it, is what keeps me from reaching out and touching the people who may need to hear what I have to say.
I want to be funny. I want to be deep. I want to be interesting. I want to be perfect and good and great.
I want to be raw and vulnerable and honest without any danger of it not being liked.
I'm a mess, guys. My kids are a mess. My house is a mess. And in some ways, I'm not in any way afraid of sharing that because in this blogging world, it's okay to say those things. I know that no one reading this will think any of those mean I'm less than.
I have trouble being grateful sometimes. I struggle. I feel overwhelmed. I don't think I can keep parenting, keep writing, keep showing up and being a friend because it's AWFUL to care that much about anything. Awful.
And it's okay to admit that here too.
So what is it I'm afraid to say? What am I hiding? Am I hiding that I think I"m good, that I want to be good, that I want to be seen? I think I've said all that here too, although that makes me very uncomfortable.
I'm afraid of being dismissed, of being one upped, of being brushed off and seen as whiny. "Is that what you're feeling bad about? That''s nothing."
I'm afraid that I'm foolish to think I can ever be anything other than unremarkable.