Too many tears: My first morning back in NYC

A few minutes ago I awoke in a friend’s bed in their apartment in Harlem. I wanted to do nothing but stay there and not get up. I feel like there is too much to take care of, way too much to handle.

My flight from Sydney to New York City was less than good, better than terrible. I already knew I hated United Airlines, now I’m just more committed never to flying with them again. More than that, I’m frustrated that my flight was so dependent on choices Sara’s family made for her without consideration for me. If little else, I’m happy to be finally out of reach of their influence.

It’s been weeks, literally, since I haven’t cried at one point or another, usually multiple, in the day. I’ve been falling asleep in either tears or unmatched stress and restlessness—each has benefits over the other. Last night was no different.

Today I have errands to run for the KinkForAll New York City event I’m helping to run tomorrow. I’m extremely proud of the work Sara and I have managed to accomplish on it not only for the first time ever in our lives but also literally from the other side of the planet.

Simultaneously, I’ve been chasing and feeling continually frustrated by failing to make significant-enough progress on writing my book on CSS. My co-author Joe has been fantastic, and one particular employee, Clay, from the publisher has also been equally supportive. However, the rest of this project feels extremely precarious and that is endlessly aggravating.

It’s aggravating because it was a project I sincerely wanted to see done well, and have been working toward for a long time. I quit my day job something like 6 months ago now in order to focus on getting it accomplished successfully, but I am now further behind than I was then. Despite my best efforts, life kept throwing me curveballs to the point where I already know it’s not going to be the book I wanted it to be. I’m extremely angry at…everything…for that.

As if that weren’t enough, as many already know by now, Sara and I are no longer together, for reasons I’d rather not discuss quite yet. As painful as this would be in general, this is even more painful when seen in light of the fact that it’s one of the reasons my book has suffered. The book isn’t some great money-maker for me, but rather an opportunity for professional exposure and recognition that I’ve been working towards for 8 years—that’s how long I’ve been making money in the web development industry. To have that opportunity suffer pours salt into wounds that moving to Sydney in the first place had already re-opened and which the loss of this relationship is a 3rd degree burn.

All in all, I’m struggling to keep professional commitments afloat, organizing a first-of-its-kind unconference for the sexuality communities in New York City, ending a 4-year relationship (with the person I’m organizing the unconference with), and moving across the planet. All. At. Once.

I want to change the channel off of this ridiculous soap opera, but can’t. Instead, I keep playing everything in fast-forward in my head until I can again see a point somewhere in the hopefully not too distant future where everything I’ve worked on is successful and I’m peaceful once again. Please let that day be soon.

7 replies on “Too many tears: My first morning back in NYC”

  1. I’m really sorry to hear that, May. I haven’t really been keeping in touch, but it sounds like a really rough time lately. While I admit to being glad that you are back on this side of the world, I wish that your return was a time for celebration. I don’t know what to say other than that I hope that the pain dulls sooner rather than later… and I think that you are wonderful!

  2. I am sorry to hear about it May.
    I will be at your event tomorrow and looking forward to seeing you. I never know what to say when people hurt so I just always say if you need a hug or an ear.

  3. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, though it will be brief (I don’t get out of work ’til 4 :(

    I’m around, though, albeit in Brooklyn.

  4. May, I miss you already.

    I’m sorry that the flight was so horrific, I’ve had flights like those myself, and all you want to do is get off the plane.

    I know these past two weeks have been so hard on you, but I’m glad you can see some benefits come out of it, such as being away from any negative influences. I know you’re strong enough to keep on fighting and get through this.

    With love,

  5. I’m sorry you’re so unhappy – it sounds like a very rough time for you. I hope the pain does go away sooner rather than later. It does get better with time, if that’s any comfort.

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