Friday, February 12, 2010

Whale Dreams (or To the Surface)

" The quest is to be liberated from the negative, which is really our own will to nothingness. And, once having said yes to the instant, the affirmation is contagious. It bursts into a chain of affirmations that knows no limit. To say yes to one instant, is to say yes to all of existence."
--Waking Life

I awoke and was pissed, another day of monotony. Another day of coffee binges, and dumbass drivers. Of costly car repairs, and feelings of going nowhere. I‘d been dreaming so vividly through the night. I was swimming with my sister in the ocean. Suddenly all around us were these beautiful whales. It felt so real, and I loved it when they snuck up and surfaced inches from me. I could reach out and touch their blubbery skin. Every once in a while they’d playfully spray water up in the air like kids with a water hose will do in the summer. As always though, reality broke in and fucked it up. I sighed a deep existential sigh, and vigorously rubbed my eyes to get the crust out of the corners. They always say life is but a dream, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Life is only memories of dreams. Life is the interruption of a dream. I felt as if I could just lay there forever, that it didn’t really matter if I got up and did it all over again. I looked up the whale as a dream symbol, and it was commonly associated with deep emotions surfacing, and getting more in touch with one’s intuition. Interesting, and incredibly appropriate.

I had to get up, I told myself. I was being childish. Life isn’t that bad.

But she left you, she betrayed you I retorted. The two people you were closest to, betrayed you together. She threw you out after taking everything, after you had given up everything to make her happy. Even after forgiving her for fucking your best “friend.” She took your heart and pureed it, then handed you the blender and took off, in search of another conquest. You were left with a mushy heart smoothie. Left to find a way to put it back together. For weeks afterwards you didn’t really have an appetite, eating only because you knew your body needed it. You couldn’t sleep well.

The only thing that saved you for a while, that gave you hope was church, was God. But after awhile you became disillusioned, and realized it was a joke. These people faithfully attended each week, thinking they were scoring some heavenly brownie points. They’d walk in the doors smiling, saying “God is good, all the time,” or “Bless you, brother.” They believed what they wanted to believe, what made them feel good. They hated gay people, then told people not to hate. They judged, then said “Don’t judge.” You got so tired of saying you believed, trying to convince yourself more than anyone. The feeling of belonging and purpose it gave at first eventually wore off, and you realized you were just trying to cover the pain, but the pain remained.

That one day, that moment is what haunted you, when she said with such anger, “I don’t love you anymore.” What a terrible feeling it is to give yourself completely to one person, thinking they are doing the same, only to find out they never meant a word. They were simply biding her time, hedging her bets. You were a bridge from the last guy to the next guy. Used like a second-hand bike, a temporary fill-in, until they could get a better one. Yes you may have been a little overbearing at times, and in your naivety often got jealous. But this was your first real relationship, didn’t she understand that?

You gave her the power to validate your existence, and she denied it. Now you’re finally beginning to heal, to see the folly of your ways. You got a taste of her body and were insatiably hooked. You deceived yourself into thinking you couldn’t live without her, so when you were forced to, you just stopped living as much as you could. You stopped pursuing anything but strict survival. “What was the use?” you asked yourself.

Sometimes, what you thought was the worst thing possible, turns out to be the best. I am who I am now because I had my heart broken, and put it back together. I am grateful to her in a way. I also learned things about myself, that I was far too needy. I am taking control of my life again. I am developing my own individuality. I am working toward the point where I don’t need someone, so that I can choose to be with someone, rather than them becoming an addiction. An extension of my ego that exists to boost my self-esteem. I am who I am, and I won’t hide behind the scenes anymore. Yeah, the world isn’t fair all the time. Sometimes, the nice guys get taken for a ride. Sometimes justice doesn’t prevail, and sometimes your hopes are dashed. But giving up isn’t the answer. It’s going on, it’s taking the cards you’re dealt and playing them. I’m ready to play the next hand.

I groggily flop my feet off the side of the bed. When my feet hit the floor, and I stand up, I notice suddenly my body feels considerably lighter. The oppressive feeling I had every day prior wasn’t there. I felt free to love again. The mushy heart smoothie had finally hardened into a solid organ again. For so long I told myself I wouldn't be hurt again, but strange as it may sound love is worth being hurt. Worth risking being hurt, because it's the only way to truly find it.

Happy V-Day all you couples.

***all you readers out there(all four of you :) ) who may be thinking, man this guys so cynical, and whiny, I just wanna say I know. This post was my attempt to release that cynicism and negativity. I've realized that it's so oppressive and just kills all joy you may have, not to mention being childish. Bear with me and please don't stop reading. Look forward to more positive posts, or at least less negative ones. :)


  1. I feel like I'm highjacking your comment box sine yesterday, but I was in vacation from school today. Explains why I still haven't finished that freaking scientific article.

    The beginning of your post made me think a lot of the song "Fireflies" from Owl City. Do you know that one? I totally agree with it, being someone who has prolific dreams every night.

    "It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
    Awake when I'm asleep
    'Cause everything is never as it seems
    When I fall asleep"

    Made me think of that, so I thought I'd share it!

    For the second half of your post (the one about you being cynical and all :P), well, even though love-that-screws-up-and-never-seems-to-work kinda thing may be formative...but damn it hurts.

    Doesn't feel like it.

    It's hard.

    Hard to trust again, let yourself go again without doubting the reality or intensity of the relationship...I don't like what the rejections have made me.

    I'm cautious.

    I'm scared as hell and can't let myself go. I feel insensitive.

    I can't seem to change that, but hopefully, I'll get there soon.

    (did that make any sense?)

  2. Wow! This was real and raw. I loved the journey, from the place that you were, and who you were, to the place that you’ve come, and to who you’ve become. Brilliant post!

    I had a friend that used to tell me, “It takes courage to change.” It does. It takes courage to grow, to love and to know when to let go. I love that in hindsight, you’re thankful. Some people never get there. And it’s a shame because that’s the best part.


  3. You caught me in a really GOOD mood. I just learned a minute ago, that I finally passed my exam on 'health and family'! (I've been waiting for it for a month) My grade sucks, but I PASSED!

    (Really happy here)

    Anyway, just answering your comment ;)

    First, I don't know about you, but I think it's really cool that you're actually living one of my dreams (a teeny bit jealous, maybe, but it's still awesome). I'm glad you have a job you enjoy, until you become a real live math teacher (did I tell you how awesome that was too?) :P

    Second, sorry for my ignorance, but what is a 'gem'? I looked on Google and came back with these few results:

    a)gem= Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
    b)gem= rock/mineral
    c)gem= géocarte de l'énergie et des minéraux
    d)gem= graphical environment manager


    Omg, I loved the movie Mathilda so much too. Bored my parents with it a thousand times :P I, ahem, watched it last year when they aired it on tv and still (really) enjoyed it. I wanted to be special like her.

    I would NEVER EVER have been a ninja turtle because they scared me, so I'm kinda glad you didn't become one either.

    Oh, and even though it took you a long time to figure out what you wanted to have as a job, at least, you found it, right? :D

  4. Here I am, hogging your comment box again.

    But, it does clear it up!

    Thanks for making me learn a new word today, Shane! :D I'll try to remember that one.

    And(It wasn't cheezy: I agree with you on that one...we definitely are unique, but sometimes, it's not always as apparent as turn-a-carrot-in-midair-and-fly-it-into-someone's-face unique. There's always a little je-ne-sais-quoi that makes people who they are--their essence--but if it's easy to find in other people (most of the time) it's often really hard to find it in ourselves. What do you think?)

  5. Yeah, you gotta love Google ;)!

    Just read your comment on music..and I'll listen to the song on youtube tonight--to check what it's all about since it's like you! I'm curious!

    Aaaaand, you said that you were open to all kinds of music, right? If you ever go on youtube, type this: "et c'est pas fini star académie"choose the second, that's who I am.

    Here's a short translation (or you're gonna pull an all-nighter on Google ;)

    "Et c'est pas fini,
    C'est rien qu'un début"

    It's not finished,
    It's only the beginning

    "Le vrai soleil on ne l'a pas encore vu
    Et jusque aujourd'hui, on n'a rien vécu"

    The real sun, we haven't seen yet,
    And up till today, we haven't lived anything yet.

    "La grande extase on ne l'a pas encore eu"

    The big ecstasy, we haven't felt yet,

    "Non c'est pas fini,
    C'est rien qu'un début"

    No, it's not finished,
    it's only the beginning,

    "Et c'est le plus beau des commencements"

    And it's the most beautiful of beginnings!

    I'm an optimist (does it show?) :P

    Rediscovering old songs is always a treat!

  6. I hear you. It's good to be able to do that once in a while. Sort of like a verbal cleansing. Nice blog!


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