I hate uncertainty. I need clarity in all things. With that in mind, I hate even more when I allow the filters through which I was taught (brainwashed) to see the world to influence me. I know where those lenses came from. I know why I think this way. So why can’t I stop it?

While I feel free here in Israel in a way I never have before, there are times when I pause in terror of conflict or potential conflict. This includes times when I’m asked where I want to eat, whether I want to do something or not, what do I think of (blank)…

Then there are the bigger things. I’ve finally loosened up to the point where I can not only interact with others, but I’m actually having fun. And then I feel like shit for having fun. Like its so exhilarating, it must be wrong. I half expect some sort of punishment to fall on me.

Fun has come in the form of dancing mostly. This week drinking also, since I’ve realized if I’m not set out to destroy myself, it’s okay. And drinking doesn’t mean drunk. Drunks freak me out. But so do clubs.

Anyways. I avoided clubs and dancing for the longest time. My experience of going out to dance included seeing how many guys I could lure at the urging of my ex. This was when I was recently exited, and had turned down stripping jobs (as if that would have eased me out of the lifestyle. NOT). He knew all this. That’s why he got a sadistic kick out it (just like he did when I broke down crying cause I didn’t want to work anymore in any aspect of the trade). Not to mention being molested in clubs by drunks. Which my ex thought was funny.

So. Dancing. I went dancing before I left for Israel. It was a transformational experience. It had nothing to do with seduction, pretense, performance. Just feeling the music. Was amazing.

I don’t think I’d be able to go out now if I hadn’t that night. The only thing I care about is the music. No one else matters, nothing else exists, it doesn’t matter what I look like.

This is intensity. Reaching the moment where I am so overcome by the beat that I lose my Self in the moment. I dance smiling like an idiot cause it’s the greatest high.

Unfortunately, I later come back to myself. And with returning self-awareness there condemnation and doubt, even though I know there is no reason for it.

But I think to myself of the way I have gone out of my way to avoid people who party or drink in any way. Avoiding, but not judging. So why do I judge myself? What am I judging myself for? What is harmful about enjoyment?

I feel like I’m heading in the right direction, doing things I would not have been able to do months ago, even. Its amazing. And terrifying.

It’s a learning curve that feels more a twisted maze.

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Comments
  1. ericabelle says:

    I understand that feeling… I think, “I’m happy, so it must all come down on my head soon. My husband is kind, and sweet, so I am sure to ruin it. It will all be my fault.” It is so strange to start to be free of this feeling! I hope this happens for you to, so you dance and don’t be afraid of punishment anymore.

    • sweetsiren69 says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you. It is something I am slowly coming to accept. The more I see that my (in)decisions are accepted, that my actions or words aren’t being condemned, that no one raises their fists to me, the more confidence I find within myself.

  2. ericabelle says:

    Well I am truly glad for you ๐Ÿ™‚ I can relate to you a lot.

  3. Brian says:

    It’s cliche, and you can order bumper stickers, fridge magnets, scratch pads and mouse pads, let alone the t-shirts but think the words apply more than ever to you right now:

    Dance as though no one is watching you
    love as though you have never been hurt before
    sing as though no one can hear you
    live as though heaven is on earth.

    Namaste sweetsiren – let the music move you, and you move the music

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