“To become a spectator of one’s own life is too escape the suffering of life” OSCAR WILDE
My G found an awesome Oscar Wilde Quotation Book for me in a charity shop.
Last night, I came across this quote and I began to ponder on it. I went to bed with it in my head. It is obvious to me that I have been a spectator when I was taking drugs or drinking too much. Yet, I was still suffering.
I think the way I dealt with social services when I was proving myself as a worthy mother was a time when I should have suffered the most.
I didn’t cry every night. Hardly ever.
I didn’t go drinking and getting high and over dosing every night or even every 6 months.
I began to watch my life unfold.
I was actively participating in it but for a while my mind needed breaks- binge watching horror movies, stand up comedy and other series .Learning to eat properly again and not party.Take my medication even though it makes me put on weight. I couldn’t be a Brecht- like spectator 24/07
I learned to live an almost hermetic existence. I DID became closer to my Mom and my hubby to be and I found out a lot about who I really am.
I couldn’t throw myself in the whole emotional vortex, that was my life 24/7 because I think I would still be in it.
I had to take it day by day.
Moment by moment.
I had to become an active spectator because I had a choice to make. We always have a choice to make.
Of course on some level I must have suffered not being able to see my daughter for more than 10 hours a week for 16 months.
But the more I stopped looking at social services presence in my life as an invasion. I began to observe them as they did with me and the relationship dynamics began to change.
It’s a most surreal idea to say I never suffered when I was fighting for my daughter.
When the control of how I governed my life needed a full 360 degree turn. The control became about governing myself.
I did have moments where like a spectator I cringed and was brought to tears and “oohed” and “aaahed” .
It was like listening to a song that disarms you for however many moments.
All songs end eventually.
Then, I was free to spectate again.
Sometimes not knowing what to do and just doing what I felt was right is what I think saved me.
I called social services – MY UNWANTED ENTOURAGE.
It was our very public joke .
Because let’s face it -if I am ever going to need an entourage -I am going to pick a P.A., a hair dresser, make up artist, editor, child minder,accountant etc…
But on the other side of the coin if you remain a mere spectator in your own life –
yeah sure you won’t suffer,but
you might just forget to feel.
If I can’t feel then what is the point of getting married?
If I can’t participate in life because I am scared I am going to be let down then that is just a cop out.
When I risk the chance of suffering or potentially being let down or hurt…
If I participate, I have half a good chance to make things right.
I get to fight for who and what I want in my life.
So suffer we must but the rewards, on the upside ,are the people we have around us and the experiences we get to feel that makes suffering worthwhile.
There is a saying – it goes something like this:
“How can we be so sure to ever know and appreciate true happiness if we have never experiences disappointment and unhappiness?”
I have learnt to take more risks with my heart and I have become a more open and aware person.
Yes, when we love others – friends,family – our partners…
There are going to be rough times.
Just be there.
You don’t have to give advice.
Just listen and check in every now and then.
If you want some one in your life.
Ask that person to to be there.
They can only say Yes or No.
More to gain than lose if your heart’s intentions are good.
These are my thoughts on this stunning, sunny ,Spring Bank Holiday Monday.