“My mother wasn’t the best person in the world. She was hooked on heroin for most of my life. She sold our childhood home for drug money. She left me alone to raise my brother and disabled nephew. I used to wake up every night to feed him and change his diapers. I supported us all on the $5.15 an hour that I earned from the grocery store. My mother passed away a few months ago, and I think I’m just now coming to terms with how awful she made my life. This is the most stable I’ve ever been. I have a permanent address. I have someone who legitimately loves me. But my anxiety has never been worse. I’ve been having panic attacks recently. I think I've never had to deal with the trauma because things were always coming at me. And now I’m not sure how to handle the quiet.”
"...I'm not sure how to handle the quiet." That is one of the hardest things to do when your life has been chaotic for so long. You can do it, it will take work, but you can do it.
You got a strong woman behind you. I can tell by the look on her face. Trust her, confide in her, reach out for help when you need it. This too shall pass.
Edit: I guess I need to clarify. To me it seemed like the man was talking. Maybe the woman is. Maybe it's her brother. Maybe it's not his girlfriend. Regardless if they are friends or cousins or an alien pal from planet Ork, the main point of my comment I feel is universal. Confide in each other, reach out for help, don't feel like you're alone.
Honor thy mother and father stuff is overrated. Some people are beyond help and while the creation of you is wonderful, being a mother doesn't stop at childbirth.
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