what do you do when you feel disconnected?
Alison · Nov. 5, 2006
i just spent some time on the phone talking about this...and geez i remember feeling when i was younger,so many times that little niggling feeling that i was not fitting in around me with that seamless grace that is so very comfortable. i sometimes see it with the animals, with murphy, phoebe and thomas, who thru no fault of their own, are having difficulty finding that place that just says home and safe. i still occasionally feel the same except now i am old and cranky so i just put my head down to the task at hand and wait for the stuff i can't change to go away.
i think sensitive woman, and sensitive younger woman esp. (under forty) are walking targets for painful personal introspections on finding their fault for feeling disconnected. it has taken me a long time to learn a couple of things...one is...we are born alone, we die alone and we truly walk a vast portion of our lives alone because others simply cannot see inside us. and even if they could, they are too busy fighting their own demons to take too much note.
and two...if i am correct in this thinking then the very best relationship that i can develop and take care of, is with myself. i spent years telling my daughters, relationships are for the overflowing good things inside us, they are not, and not cannot be for filling holes. i still believe this. i still struggle to accept myself and value myself and to treat myself kindly. i still sometimes feel disconnected from others with whom my mind says, i should share a common goal.
when i feel disconnected, i work even harder, i find more things i want to accomplish, and sadly, i sometimes think too much introspectively. if life is a journey, and the journey has challenge, is not meeting the challenge and surmounting it the real point of the journey in the first place? i am sure many of my sick or elderly clients used to feel the same as me. now surprizingly they don't. their challenge is to control their physical pain, or to learn a new way to put on their socks, or to adjust to the loss of their home and belongings when placed reluctantly into facility care. the biggest loss they suffer is the loss of their physical and emotional "aloneness", someone is always at them now for this or that, and that is really hard to accept. i think they might appreciate a little more disconnect sometimes.
funny how as we age we see things from different perspectives...so much of how i view the world now is either thru the eyes of the animals or my patients. i am beginning to think that viewing thru their eyes and not my own self discovered real or unreal limitations, might be a more accurate way to view the world. my eyes are clouded, with my wants and my needs and my own feelings of not quite fitting quite right.
my advice to the person on the other end of the phone if i could have verbalized it better? would have been to never let other peoples percieved expectations, shove you into an ill fitting envelop that mails you off to somewhere that you don't belong. be yourself and value yourself because yourself is the only person that will be with you for every single moment of your life. if you deny that person who you really are, and make them feel less than right...you have just denied the very best parts of yourself that in your hurt and fearful blindeness, you happened to just miss to really see.