Birthday reflections

So today is my birthday. It’s been a great day so far. I got to spend the whole day with Little Guy. I can’t imagine anyone else I’d rather spend the day with – well except for my partner of course. Soon I’ll have my therapy session. Then I’ll go home and my partner and I are going to order a roasted chicken from our favorite Mediterranean place. Yummm. Then tomorrow the big adventure – jet packing! I have no idea if people actually say that but I like the way it sounds. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also want to acknowledge how far I’ve come in the past year. One year ago exactly, on my birthday, I spent the entire weekend in bed. A very depressed part of me, who was mourning the death of my grandmother (which occurred almost ten years ago) was very present, and it was near impossible to function.

Last year, as some of you who’ve been following my blog may know, I was in an extremely unhealthy therapy situation. My therapist, who I do admit was trying to help, was making me much much worse. I was spiraling downward into chaos and dysfunction. My life felt unmanageable and completely out of control. I’m amazed, looking back, that I was able to function at all and to continue working. She finally ended the relationship, saying that it would be “unprofessional” of her to continue treating me. Even though at the time it felt like my heart was being ripped out – I was extremely attached to her… and I mean all of me – I now see it as a huge blessing. I probably would have ended up in an in-patient facility, and would have had to build my life up all over again. Fortunately it never got to that point.

I feel, more or less, like I’m now on steady ground. The relationship with my therapist has very much aided in this. So has going back on psych meds. I am no longer being flung this way and that, on a daily basis, or being constantly flooded with painful and unbearable emotions and constant, out-of-control switching. I know I have a ways to go in my healing process, but I feel more steady and more grounded than I have in several years.

I have a feeling this upcoming year is going to be a good one.

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12 responses to “Birthday reflections

  1. stuff I said

    Happy birthday!

  2. What a wonderful way to experience your birthday. Happy birthday!

    -Nel

  3. The Quiet Borderline (back in hospital)

    Happy birthday and congratulations/well done on your progress – That’s so calming to hear!

  4. This sounds like an awesome birthday and amazing progress. Here’s to you, Brandic!

  5. Out of the Ashes

    Happy Belated Birthday! Excellent progress. The day I enjoy my birthday, I’ll also know I’ve come a long way. Wishing you all the best. Admiring you along the way.

  6. artyelf

    Happy Birthday!
    Hope you have a year full of wonder and happiness! โ™กโ˜†โ™ก

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