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Anger

Anger

I wrote the other day.

Pen to paper, scritch-scratch across the page. I started out slow, my brain waves bumping into thoughts bumping into fears bumping into logic bumping into maybes. And then the pen started to fly, soar across the blank sky of the page.

It’s been awhile. Here. There. Anywhere, really. Life seems to have filled up in all kinds of ways.

The boys seems to have their own social schedules; they’re world travelers this summer. In their time away, I’ve worked and worked and worked at my day job and my afternoon/evening job. My husband and I have managed to go swimming, geocache, shop, lounge around and drink whiskey, grill yummy foods, sleep in, stay up late, binge watch Weeds, walk the dog, look at the moon through the telescope, solve the world’s problems, and even socialize with other couples.

I don’t really know why I haven’t found time or energy to write. I know that in order to write more we’re just supposed to write more, not talk or read about writing more. But I’ve felt empty.

In a good way. Not in that soul-sucking, I can’t manage to live anymore kind of empty.

Is there a form of empty-full? Or full-empty? Or like, I don’t know. Content?

But what’s funny is this: What seeped out of my pen sounded a little like anger. My therapist would find it very interesting. I’m not comfortable with expressing anger. If I’m angry, I often cry—which only makes me angrier. My therapist found it hilarious that I express anger best in the car. Road rage for the win. Otherwise, anger feels unsafe, something I can’t trust to feel or face.

Anger seems to swirl all about lately. The political sphere is nothing but a giant, fear-mongering angry villain—as if they combined all of the Disney, Dreamworks, and Stephen King bad guys into two political parties, but also removed all semblance of intelligent thought. And yes, I see hate and stupidity on both sides, with parties and supporters alike. I see seething anger on both sides. There’s passion and working in passionate ways to get your person elected and then there’s just a mess of anger and hate and fear and nothing this country currently needs.

This country does not currently need more anger, more hate, more fear. They all beget each other and we end up with too many dead in our streets. Too many meaning any more than none.

But maybe all this anger swirling around in our world, seeping out through the tip of my pen, is somehow teaching me to acknowledge the feeling and let it pass. Anger doesn’t need to consume, to weigh me down, a cement block tied to my tiny foot. Anger can move me forward, inspire me to lift the pen, lift my voice, do things I didn’t think possible. Maybe it’s finally okay for me to feel things that aren’t 100% comfortable; maybe I’m safe enough to go there now.

Maybe that whole content feeling paved a safer path for the rest of my feelings.

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