This is Unnaturally Natural

In my previous post I said culture, knowledge and travel are more important to me than the possibility of love and a family and I stand by that. There are some people who think that’s sad and don’t understand why I’m not sure I want a family or a traditional one if I do have one. So let me explain.

I basically grew up being afraid of my dad and never wanting to disappoint him. I know there is some controversy on how to discipline a child, I think discipline should be tailored to each child’s personality and that the child should understand what they did wrong and that this disciplinary action isn’t a reflection of how their parents feel toward the child. When I was growing up I didn’t get that, I did get whipped with belts and while that’s not really abuse it did effect the way I felt toward my parents. I grew up feeling like I wasn’t loved basically, I would go to school, get picked on all day, and come home feeling no more sense of belonging than I did when I was at school. I remember getting notes in my lunches that said, “mommy and daddy love you very much” but I remember wrinkling the notes, rolling my eyes and throwing them away. I felt that actions speak louder than words. I’m not saying don’t use belts because like I said every child is different but for me I was terrified because I never got a chance to explain myself when I did something wrong. I was scared of my dad and I hated my mom because I felt she should have stepped in.

Luckily, my parents didn’t have the same discipline styles for my brothers. They just get grounded and get things taken away from them. It makes me happy but it also makes me really angry; happy because my parents have grown as parents and realize how to properly discipline each kid and to know that my brothers won’t grow up afraid, especially the youngest one. But angry because I don’t understand why I had to be the guinea pig. Now I’ve got all this emotional baggage and it could have been avoided if my parents had dealt with their anger issues and taken into consideration different parenting styles and doing more research before I was born. It’s not my fault but now I have to deal with it.

Anyway my mom thinks the way I live and want to live is a bad idea, she wants me to get married, have my own kids and blah blah blah. I have never said I love you to anyone in my family so how am I supposed to find it in my heart to love a stranger and make new strangers with that stranger and love them too?

I know that my parents try their best to give me and my brothers everything we want and I try and focus on that but a part of me can’t let go of that little girl bent over the bed being smacked with a belt, looking at her mother who is just watching and doing nothing and every time they piss me off it all comes back and all I want to do is punch something. I don’t get sad, I get angry and pissed off every time I think about. And I know I’m a psych major and I know I should handle it by making amends or peace but I don’t really want to. I know they didn’t mean it and I know they didn’t know any better but idgaf.

Forward this video to 20 mins

http://www.northpoint.org//messages/the-new-rules-for-love-sex-and-dating/part-4

Is there any question now why I’m not sure a family is something I want? I’m not gracious and frankly, I’m not ready to be gracious. I think that for right now the only way I want to deal with all the negative crap is to never mention it and joke around with my family because that emotional stuff isn’t me.

I remember getting so p/o-ed at church because people would stand there and tell me what a righteous father my dad is and what an amazing woman of God my mother is. All I wanted to do was punch them, who were they to tell me who my parents were, like seriously? Little did they know they were arguing and cursing at each other all the way to church. Then I would be forced to smile and talk to people like the last 20 mins didn’t happen. I hated that, I was not emotional the only deep emotion I felt was anger. We put a lot of emphasis on family when all it is really is a bunch of strangers who share the same DNA and thus are forced to be part of each other’s lives by fate.

Things are much, much better now hence why my parents just celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary, thank God. And I think I love my parents but I could never say that because I’m not 100% sure it’d be true. They’re not terrible parents at all though and I greatly appreciate all of the sacrifices they make for me to have a future for sure, I’m not a monster, but emotions have never been part of my family lifestyle. In fact if I cry I’m called irrational so saying I love you would be just words since love is an emotion and my family is emotionally numb.

So, I don’t want to get married and end up having a terrible marriage because I won’t allow myself to open up and be serious. Idk maybe one day when I’m 30 I’ll decide it’s time to address the issues or maybe I’ll realize it’s not important and it was all a distant nightmare. All I know is right now I don’t want to talk to them about it because I know they think they’re great and everything is great. My dad is emotionally unavailable most of the time, my mom is emotionally unavailable most of the time and guess what, I’m emotionally unavailable 99% of the time which means if I had kids they’d basically be robots too. No thank you.

See? Psychologists are not perfect, we’re all a little messed up.

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4 thoughts on “This is Unnaturally Natural

  1. Very open and honest, I admire your bravery. Coming from a home full of love and emotion I can’t imagine what it was like growing up in yours.
    My Dad always says anger is a secondary emotion, a form of covering a primary one like fear or hurt.. What do you think about that? I ask cause I’m the only one in my family that seems to get mad or angry and you have background in psychology but also understand being angry. I always feel like I’m messed up when I get mad, so just hoping for your insight.
    You are wise and inspiring, thank you for this great honest post,
    -Brooke’s Sister

    • Hey, thanks for your comment!
      Um, I think anger, like all emotions is healthy in moderation. It’s okay to get angry and actually unhealthy to try to bury it because you’re not really digging into why you feel angry when you just ignore the problem and that can be dangerous.
      But, your dad is kind of right, sometimes we get angry to cover up more vulnerable feelings we don’t even realize we have until we think, “why do Ifeel this way?” Someone who is angry in traffic is not angry at the people around them but is angry because they like to control things and they can’t control the traffic so they feel helpless. But sometimes we get angry for no deeper reason than the circumstance. Like I think of me and my friend, when we pms we get mad for the stupidest stuff and even though it makes no sense to us, we’re still angry and it’s actually really funny.
      So, emotion is a mixture of experience and hormonal balances. A child learns to be afraid of a flame because they’ve gotten burned or seen someone get hurt and a bipolar person has unbalanced chemistry.
      I think my parents’ anger when I was younger came from their own experiences growing up which, I think they’ve come to realize which is why they now do a good job of dealing with their anger.
      I don’t think that you’re the only one in your family who gets angry because anger is a human emotion. I think that you’re just the only one who expresses your anger in a more abrasive way. There are different ways people deal with anger; some people lash out like you from what I read in your post, some people cry, some workout and some meditate or write or walk away from the situation to clear their head. Also, one thing I used to do and sometimes still do is take a nap because I always feel less angry when I wake up lol. So I think that your way of dealing with your anger is just different from your family’s ways. If your family is more reserved and you’re more outgoing than that’s probably the reason.
      That’s my best psychology answer, I’m just an undergrad but I try lol. Sorry it was so long.
      Anyway, thanks for your feedback and your question!

      • Thank you so much, I’m grateful you took the time to answer me.
        It makes sense and that clarifies a lot. I am for sure the more outgoing and talkative person. I also have learned to channel my anger and release it through physical activities like running. Also to vent but in a healthier, less explosive way. What you have said makes me feel better and I’ve gained perspective. My sister sometimes just walks away and disappears for a while, I’m thinking now she may be frustrated or even mad but just handles it so differently that I wasn’t recognizing.
        Thank you again.. You write very well and have a lot of insight.

      • Seriously it’s no problem I’m glad you connected with me! I find talking about this kind of stuff fun and it actually makes me think a lot too so thank you! And again thank you for your feedback I really appreciate it, I like your writing style a lot as well

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