While I am not a hoarder, I do keep things; each matter in their own box, somewhat organized and stored in the eaves of my attic.
Through the years of dealing with the estates of my parents and brother, they each have their own box of what I wanted and needed to keep after their passing. Sadly, this is all that is left of their life, a dead box of memories, keepsakes and possessions. There is guilt that comes of that but you cannot keep everything, you have to let go. I had to.
I tend to keep my notes, journals, calendars, etc., and have since a child, never knowing why I held onto them. They have proved to come in handy and really do not take up much room, just a few storage boxes, of my own life.
With mine, I had to dig deep within them this last bout with my counselor, back to my childhood. With that, I learned a lot of what I had lacked as a child and how it has and is affecting me today. Sometimes, I thought it would be easier to keep my head in the sand just knowing something was not right than poking at it, which we did, but deep down I wanted to understand me.
Putting names with areas of emotional distress (attachment, abandonment, trauma, shame, childhood emotional neglect, just to name a few) opens up areas I never knew before. They are all real and felt.
As my counseling ended recently, there is an overwhelming feeling of many of those emotions being triggered. To the point of wanting to run and put my head in the sand. Perhaps like a test.
Realizing before, I felt this way or that way but to now understand, have a name for what I am experiencing or feeling, I am thinking it has been harder. I am aware and the intensity of the pain has been quite disturbing at times. As I was exhibiting this or that and to my dismay, I recognized what was happening. It’s a new way for me, to recognize, express, name and grasp to hopefully heal in these areas.
So through the pain, just the feeling of the abandonment being more intense, I could grasp that is what it was. It was safe for me to cry and to give myself time to grieve and I will for awhile. I can say, too, that I am angry with the way it ended, as I feel it could have been handled differently, basically more respectful, especially her knowing me. That’s rough to say but truth. Now leaving me with several questions that may never have answers. Feeling all of these emotions, naming them is good but not easy. It’s normal to grieve a relationship lost.
As much as this situation hurt, I feel I am coming through it easier just knowing and realizing what is happening, how it is affecting me and what I am doing. Being mindful. Tears come and they are also normal.
While I have a storage box full from our years of counseling of notes, etc., it sits untouched right now but still in my sight, not stored. There was too much invested in my life through her. Some but not all healing in me is complete to put this box aside and ignore. I know in time, I will and can still go through the many notes, copies of research done, open up and remember our sessions and still grasp many golden nuggets to continue for growth and healing.
Maybe I need to name this box a Treasure Chest instead of another dead box because of the time spent in the many hours of counseling over four years. Even through the pain now, I’m thankful and feel blessed to have had her in my life. Everything within that box has brought me to where I am today and I believe it was orchestrated by God.