Cocoon

I want to build a nest around myself, and burrow into a hole made of blankets.

Life is a blur and I am overwhelmed.

I feel too big for my skin and too big for my house – like I’m growing and my clothes don’t fit right.

Like Alice when drinks the growth potion (or is it the cake?).

Simultaneously, I feel so inconsequentially small.

Like one minute mistake is enough reason for my existence to cease.

Like I have to be perfect in order to deserve living.

I’m prone, of late, to panic attacks and find myself struggling to feel as though I’m still in my skin and not just fighting to escape it. I feel like my bones are growing and pushing through the tips of my fingers.

I wash dishes and feel the hot water and the soap on my hands, or I stick up the bows that keep falling off my door and notice the tape stuck to my cold fingers.  I snuggle my octopi and my cat and feel the soft, and it helps for a while.

Things that are small bother me more than they should – the pile of dishes, the cookies left out, the boxes on the floor. I need my peripheral vision to be clear, I need to create around myself a space that is blank so I can draw all over it with my mind later.

I feel too big and too small. I don’t have enough room, and the room I have I don’t deserve because I’m imperfect.

I fight, I flip out, I panic, I cope.

If I can manage to get past the hair-triggered chaos that occasionally likes to pop out in my brain – I remember that I don’t have to be perfect, that my environment matters to me, currently, more than it usually does, that life is a thing that happens and it’s okay to be swept by the tide.

I remember that eventually this will equalize – this overwhelming and restless essence will turn into something useful, as it always has.

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