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So though it is the 4th, I will not talk about how much I love my country, because I cannot. I am both disappointed in and frightened of (and for!) my country at this time, and, at this time, I'm not sure my feelings will ever be repaired.
Instead, I think I'll simply go on talking about myself and my life.
Let's get on with it, shall we?
Actually, things are not that bad. I mean, yeah, things are objectively horrible, but I'm in a pretty good place right now. I'm now been taking St. John's Wort for three months, and I can feel a marked change in my outlook and my ability to handle problems. This is good, because I keep having problems (e.g. my phone horribleness last week, and my continued inability to get a job). Whereas before the St. John's Wort I'd be a panicked wreck for at least a week after having to buy a new phone, with it I just bought the damn phone and adjusted my budget for the coming months. And, yes, I do mean months. It'll take me at least two months to absorb the cost and get back to normal, even with the extra hours I was lucky enough to be offered for the month of July. Oh, well.
Also, I'm now able to do more than one thing a day. Huzzah!
However, I'm now noticing all the things I've left undone for the last decade or so. I don't know how much is just gone, ruined beyond repair by my neglect, but I'm hoping to save a lot of it. Now, I'm not talking material possessions here–though there is some of that too–but the more ephemeral connections, strengths, and skills. I'm having to relearn things I once knew, things that once came naturally to me. It's frustrating work, made more difficult because I'm still struggling in literally every other aspect of my life.
It's terrible hard work rebuilding when you don't have solid ground to build on, you know? My life is so unstable still, but I have to do something. I have to try to build, to create some semblance of life. I can't just sit around waiting to die, but it seems that I've forgotten how to move. Mostly, I'm trying to focus on finding my way out of this hole I've dug myself. It's easier now, and I'm thanking the St. John's Wort for that, but it's still hard. I can't allow myself to think of the dreams I used to have which are lost now. That's still enough to break me.
On a positive note, I had a job interview last week. I couldn't say how it went. I'll be very disappointed if I don't get this job, though. It's in my field, and something I could very much enjoy. I find I have to stop myself from saying, "I doubt I'll get this job." Which I suppose is a bad sign. But when in the last 6 (SIX!!!) years have I had luck with jobs? I'm afraid that if I allow my hopes to rise and I don't get the job I'll be crushed. However, I know that if I remain pessimistic and am offered the job I'll be pleasantly surprised. I would so much rather be pleasantly surprised.