It’s so quiet. Even the dogs are asleep. I hear my husband softly breathing as he’s in dreamland after a long day of work. The kids have had their snacks, drinks, and stories. All questions about the mysteries of the universe are on hold until tomorrow, and then there is me: stuck in this silent battle between my body and mind.
Mind: We should sleep. You have to get up with the kids in the morning and then go to see your psychiatrist.
Body: I will, once the medication kicks in. In the meantime, it’s going to rain soon. Every joint needs to transmit pain signals to set the rain alarm.
Mind: Ouch! My toes, ankles, knees, hope, back, neck, jaw, and….sciata?! Really?!
Body: Don’t forget the wrists…
Mind: Fuck you. I hate my body.
Body: Like you’re any better? You make me feel worse by stressing me out all the time. Starving me, tensing me up…getting scared of strangers in public. Oh! And let’s not forget your procrastination on your huge assignments! It’s your fault I’m messed up.”
Mind: Everything is my fault…time to take a few trips down traumatic memory lane.
Body is tense and hurting, and my heart is racing. My mind is so loud among the silence. I’m afraid that when my medicine kicks in, I will miss the sleep train because I can’t relax.
Mind: Remember the YouTube video your overpaid therapist suggested on Guided Meditation…
I’m too tired to look that shit up right now.