I am a therapist
I wanted to be an artist
Clay under my fingernails, in my curls, drying on my skin.
Filling up my moleskine
Occupying my thoughts, my dreams,
each moment of every day
Now, I listen to people's pain, their sorrow, their hurt.
5 years of grad school, fancy acronyms at the end of my name, they can call me doctor...some do. some insist. perhaps it makes them feel like I am more than just an imperfect human like they are.
My clients come to me with their pain, I see them, I hear them, I try, I try so hard to soothe them, make them feel worthy, make them feel good enough. make them feel loved. deserving of love.
Some days, being a psychologist provides so much meaning to my life, other days...other days I cry and punish myself for not pursuing art.
Why didn't I do it?
Why was I so scared?
Why did I let the **** talking from my parents and the judgements of my family keep me from doing what I loved?
Hey, you want to know how to make me cry instantaneously?
Ask me about what I gave up to be where I am today.
what I lost for the acronyms,
what I lost for the title,
what I lost for the salary,
what I lost so my mom could tell people her daughter was a
"doctor" (not a real one even still)
Ask me what I lost.
Ask me how I lay awake at night, stare off into space, doing math in my mind, thinking, wondering, planning out how to grow my practice to make enough to rent a studio space, buy a kiln, and make art once again.
Ask me why I got a doctorate in psychology so all I could think about was how to make art again.
I dare you.
My own therapist just did and my make up smeared.
I think sobbed is the technical term.
Or perhaps, I just let all the feelings and sadness bleed out of me. every now and again they do
every now and again I let down my defenses, remove the distractions, and find the time to really think and reflect on what I lost.
what I gave up to allow myself to make money off of listening to people.
I allow myself to be used and profit from it.
JUST like my family uses me and takes up far too much space.
I provide care to others because it's my job, but it's also what I've always known how to do, what I was taught to do.
Taking care of others is ******* exhausting.
I love my job.
I hate my job.
Ya know what?
I never hated art.
I never did.
Art never took from me.
Clay never used me and spit me out or told me things like "I'm not getting anything from you" like my clients have told me.
clay Doesn't take.
clay only gave.
ceramics only ever gave.
WHY the **** did I not allow myself to take?
WHY did I create a life for myself where I am continuously giving and people are continuously taking?
I am so ******* empty and so ******* tired.
I just want to make art.
all i ever wanted was to make art.
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