I have been so frustrated and angry with myself. I have fallen back into my coccoon. That grey, foggy state of stagnancy that shrouds me in my boxed-in rut. Today as I was lamenting in my brain this holding pattern in which I seem to find myself once again, I made my mental list of maladies. I seem to be stuck at my current weight. For about a month now I have hardly moved. The needle on the scale just sits there on that same number that gave me glee last month but now makes me want to take an axe to my scale. I have not written since moving. Well, some half-finished stuff in my notebooks and journals, but nothing online, nothing submitted, nothing to give me a sense of accomplishment. I have not finished unpacking–yes, the catalyst of my entire current catatonic state of limbo was when, upon moving here together, my brother and I mutually agreed we would be better off if we each had our own residence. And since you cannot divorce a sibling, at least not in this country, it is better to get homes as close as possible to each other. So, once more, as I have for the last four years, I live in a cardboard universe. To say that I have come to despise cardboard boxes does not do justice to the intensity of my emotions. I want a home! My home, where all of my favorite things adorn it and have their honored places. Dreams of a magnificent abode or a unique living arrangement like my life-long fantasy of living on a boat, have given way to a desperate desire to have just about any type of shack, as long as it is mine for the next several years and I don’t have to move. So, my wheels have ground to a halt; paralysis has set in. And I want to kick myself in the pants for allowing myself to crawl into this space of pergatory.
But I am making my escape plans even while I sit and knit myself into my own web. I plot to borrow a computer or use the library’s equipment just to get my writing out there where I need it to be. And I know that my weight will begin its downward decent again when I am able to increase my activity. I need some nerves burned in my back again due to an old injury that has deteriorated my lower spine and now affected part of my spine near my neck also. I have made my appointments but must wait for the insurance bureaucracy to churn its red tape. Which brings me back to my land of cardboard. Maybe I can make myself do one or two boxes a day. It is a start, any way. I just need to start pecking away at it like a chick pecking its way out of its shell. I can do this. I know I can. It is not like before where it took me forever to find the way out of my rut, to get all my spokes balanced so my wheel rolls forward evenly. I know what I am doing this time and I know what is on the outside of my chrysallis. Suddenly, it dawns on me that I have been too hard on myself. It is ok to be where I am. Sometimes I will need to go into stasis until I regain my balance. When changes come so quickly that I cannot steady myself it is best to crawl into a safe place until my rapid growth abates. I finally recognize that it is during these periods of emotional vertigo that I have the opportunity for the greatest personal growth.
And that is what I am going through once again. Just like my personal symbol, the butterfly, that I identify with so very much, I must create a safe space for my transitions. Time and again I will probably need to retreat to my grey, foggy crystal for protection while I find my way. It is natural. I do not need to fret over it. I have seen the outcome before. I will emerge yet more beautiful, more skilled than ever before. An amazing butterfly, complex and balanced as I wing my way from flower to flower, drinking my fill of the sweetest life can offer.