Jan 122014
 

2014-01-10 01.30.17-1I was more anxious than happy when I received an IM from The Composer. It was the middle of the night for him, and he had responded to one of my e-mails letting me know he was only up for a bit and was going to sleep once he was done working. The anxiety stemmed from the fact that my message was less than cheery. I’m dealing with (yet more) dental issues and navigating Medicaid to get the care I need isn’t as simple a thing as one would hope. Being from Europe, the vagaries of our healthcare system are opaque to him, and being a poor kid, I careen wildly between irrationally ragey and then panicked reactions when I have to even TALK about this shit. Let alone do the research and phone calls and make appointments only to be told no, sorry, YOUR particular brand of poor folks healthcare isn’t the RIGHT kind of poor folks health care so just take your poor ass somewhere else, poor person.

But I digress.

Despite a message reassuring him I would be OK, and wishing him a good night’s sleep, The Composer logged on and IMed me. He was thinking of me, and of my situation, and was frustrated there wasn’t much he could do from where he was. And he started asking questions. This of course freaked me out because the more you tell people about your problems, the more they don’t want to be bothered. The more of a liability you are. The more of a whiney bitch you become. But I took a deep breath and said “Hey well, fuckit. I might as well be honest and if he is overwhelmed, better to know now.”

And eventually, as we typed back and forth, half of this planet between us physically, I realized it was Ok for me to tell what I was feeling. And his responses were supportive when they needed to be, and frankly annoyingly on point about the fact I HAD to do what it took despite the fact that it was uncomfortable to me. He was clever enough to even evoke the real specter of political privation as a means of keeping me from healthcare that was rightfully mine, and how could I let Them win? Yeah, fuckers!

But then the fear resurfaced. Don’t be too needy…oh no, he wants to know about your PERSONAL SHIT and if he KNOWS how tenuous your life is he’s gonna think you’re some kind of loser…if you express any need at all, really, you’re gonna be seen as work, as a fixer-upper, and he won’t want you any more…

I dug around to try to see why this irrational fear was chewing me so hard and then I realized it wasn’t irrational. Since I’ve pursued M/S and BDSM, I’ve wrestled the idea of the submissive or slave as something that only speaks when spoken to, that dare not take up space, and gods forbid they NEED ATTENTION or time or focus from the owner, dominant, master, whomever!

Do I know this in my gut to be some bullshit?

Yep.

Does it still nip at my heels?

You betcha.

The last time I was struggling with some personal shit and had to take it to a dominant type person in my life, I was anxious because I feared seeming like I was too much work. In an unfortunate choice, when I broached these concerns to my dominant, he joked “I thought slaves were supposed to make life EASIER, not add to your ‘To Do’ list!”

He insisted this was a joke I wasn’t to take seriously.

But it stung.

Ultimately, that one didn’t work out.

But The Composer simply reiterated that, as a Property Manager, it would be his responsibility to make sure I had the ability to take care of myself. Thereby making it possible for me to take care of him. And he would be sure to support me in that, so that I would be able to fulfill my calling.

And we would talk about what that looks like when he returns.

This is now precisely one week away.

And I can’t hardly wait.

It is quietly shocking to have the possibility of someone who truly understands what it means to own someone else, and willingly acknowledges the weightiness and beauty inherent in that exchange. And who doesn’t see my foibles and flounderings as a burden…simply as what is, and worthy of love and attention.

Hell. Yes.

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  2 Responses to “Permission to be human: granted.”

  1. Mollena, When I was a “baby” psychotherapist, I went to an excellent workshop on understanding certain symptoms of various character disorder. The person who was leading the workshop pointed out that there were three typical characteristics of a certain character type:

    1. These individuals had a peculiar relationship to other people. *When this person has a problem, s/he turns away from other people instead of toward others.

    That statement alone blew up the horizons I had then in my life. I was thinking “Why on earth would I turn to another person when I had a problem. They’re just going to tell me that it’s all my own fault that I have the problem and criticize me.”

    Then I thought, “What a concept. I might could turn to another person and s/he will be caring, empathic, and supportive–like I am. Awesome thought.”

    and btw, #4 on the list was *These individuals have a peculiar relationship with themselves. They think they are different from other people, strange, alien, weird . . .* I raised my hand and said “Mutant?” The person giving the workshop said, “YES!” He said that described the self concept beautifully. (and he later borrowed a couple of my X-men comics which I had brought because it was pick up your comics on your pull list day and used the characters in the comics to show how the X-men characters demonstrated inner psychodynamic structure.)

    If you’re curious, #2: These individuals have a peculiar relation to life. Not sure they want to be here.
    #3 A peculiar relation to reality. They would rather be in a book, or a fantasy, or in some part of their inner world than in the real interactions in the real world.

    Your entry reminded me of this workshop experience and it also reminded me of what the leader said about the source of these characteristics. These are people who are exquisitely sensitive to the needs and wants of others as communicated by body language and circumstances–and they are always ready to meet those needs without any words said by the others. The problem being that this kind of hyper-sensitivity to the needs of others eventually leads to the individual being completely worn out, depleted, and relationship avoidant or depressed.

  2. My apologies if you read all of the above as a lot of silly psychobabble. I wanted to communicate the ways in which your experiences have been similar to others, including myself.

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