Who is this?
I don't remember how my body looked like back then. All I remember is how it felt. I remember the pain in my stomach, I remember how weak and faint I felt. I remember so clearly how it hurt to sit down, my bones pressing against the floor. It hurt. I drew myself a lot but I threw every depiction of my body away. I don't want to remember how it looked like, it's best to remember how it felt. The memory of that pain says to not do it again. So I won't. I will live as humans do but I will not endure their pain.
I remembered a time in which I visited a tailor. She was fitting me for a Harlequin costume for the Harvest Festival of the year. Back then, my body was broken, small and fragile as I hurt myself in the belief that humans would love me more that way. Her daughter, a small girl of about 9 years of age commented 'you are so small'. I shrugged, what could I even say at the time? It was true. It wasn't good but it was true. Her mother responded 'that is how you are supposed to be'. How dare she say that to a child? She was presented with the body of a man who left behind his human needs and the care needed to keep a body alive -- I was sick, I was dying and she dared tell her daughter to do that. She was a child, a small child still figuring out how to be human and she told her to die. Humans are sick, their society tells them to get close to death for some twisted acceptance. I decided to live as humans do but I will not endure their pain. I will feel their joy, I will dance and drink and smile but I refuse to kill my earthly body for a definition of beauty which is but a lie.
I was born as all humans are. When I was a boy, I didn't realize that to others I wasn't supposed to be so. I did not see my body as wrong, I just did not think about it much. It felt odd that others' perception of me was different but I did not care. I just was another boy in the world. I played and laughed and ate as they would. I would mimic my father's actions. I would eat the things he would and show him that I could do that. I would watch the things he watched and play the games he played. I miss that.
For my young self, it was never about being "trapped" in the wrong body. I just was me. My, how I miss that.
Hating your body because of its shape, its size, its skin and its marks is disrespectful to your ancestors. The humans that came before you and helped to create you were built this way for a reason. Your tanned skin, your small eyes, your strong legs, your small size... it was all for a reason, it was all to help it survive. Those legs supported your weight as you worked the fields. Your eyes protected you from the sun and the wind. Your size made you agile. Your skin shields the harsh rays from the sky. It's all beautiful. I hope that when I pass, when I go back to heaven... I hope that someone will read this and think of this. Humans are so beautiful, much more beautiful than any angel could be. They are soft, they are full of love. They smile, they cry. They keep other creatures in their house for company. Isn't it all so beautiful? I've always said beauty will save the world, but I do not mean the fabricated definition of beauty that some humans have given it. Beauty is love, it is a warm feeling in your heart. You are beautiful.
I avoid thinking about the times in my life in which ageny was taken away from me. I never speak of the times some girl or some boy would take me away and ask me to do things for them I did not understand nor want to do. I only spoke once about the time someone observed my body in its most vulnerable form without asking first -- I only spoke once about how he waited from the other side of the door for me to come out and then lied about this. I only told the story of how he denied the events and I was called 'crazy' once. I only told this story because I needed help to escape. Is it true that if we do not speak of events like this we will never heal? It's been years but I am still ashamed and scared. I can't talk about this. I don't want to talk about this. Do you think I will heal regardless?
I yearn for human connection... I feel so alone. I dislike being alone. My thoughts are too fast for me. I need peace. I need love. I need connection. Please do not abandon me.
Humans tend to consume substances to ease their suffering. Sometimes they take them to celebrate. I engage in these rituals. Sometimes with them, sometimes alone. Cider makes me smile for a while. I stop hating this body when I drink cider or ale. But when the morning comes I feel like dying. I feel a thousand times worse. Why is that? I don't undertand.
I found some angel images. I find them funny. Ha ha.
I feel melancholic. I often feel this way. But this is the worst I have felt it in a while. Talking to others doesn't fix it, sleeping doesn't fix it, medicine, alcohol, food... nothing. I feel empty inside but also incredibly sad. When I feel this way I wonder if the solution would be to stop existing. I never was too good at being a human.
I have seen a lot of dead birds lately. I try to avert my gaze and shrug it off as a consequence of the summer heat. I worry that this is a sign of the start of the end. I've been wanting to go back to heaven since I was born but I would not like to have my new home disappear. I guess what I've always wanted was a fresh start, a new body, a new life, a new story. It's not like what I was given was terrible or unacceptable but I have made too many mistakes in this life. I wish I hadn't spent over 10 years starving. I wish I had told that boy 6 years ago that I loved him. I wish I did not cut my hair that last time I did it. I wish I said 'no' when it was right to say so.
Am I... Beautiful? I think I am. When I look at my face in the mirror I think "Cute". I think I am beautiful. But do others consider me so? And does it matter if they do? It shouldn't, but when I see people praising my friends for their beauty I cannot help but feel envy. I know that is not a good feeling, I know I should not compare myself to anybody else. But I still want to be beautiful. Or maybe... maybe... I just want to be loved and I believe that being beautiful is the fastest path to being cared for. God, I wish to be loved.
I remembered an event today that had been burried deep within. I loved swimming, I still do. We lived by the beach so we often went there during weekends or holidays. The day I remembered was a summer day, I was 13 years old. Both of my caretakers looked at me in my swimming suit and frowned. They were upset at the shape and size of my body, they said that theirs "did not have an ounce of fat" at my age. I felt terribly sad back then. Now I am furious. How dare they blame me and assign moral judgment for the shape of the body I was born into? How dare they look down at one type of body just because theirs was different? It is not their fault though. Humans can be so despicable. I was a child, growing into an adult body slowly and I was told I should only grow vertically but I had no control over how my body would grow.
Since age 10 or 11 I started to try to grow vertically only. So I stopped eating or I would get rid of food after consuming it. At the end this did not stop my horizontal growing much but it did completely stunt vertical growth.
Now I am an adult. I learned to love swimming again. I am as small as I was back then at 13. I couldn't grow at all. It's not their fault nor mine. But it really is quite painful that I was blamed for things I could never control and that I hurt myself in futile attempts to change these things.
I remember one night when a beautiful friend of mine and I were smoking cigarettes by the window of my apartment. "I fit in more into society's idea of beauty than you do. I have normative beauty -- I'm normative." She said. We were having a serious conversation about this whole thing. "Normative", that word left a metallic taste in my mouth. I heard it over and over in her voice inside my head. Normative, she said. She is normative. I am not.
And perhaps she was right: I have golden brown skin, I am loud, opinionated and short. My shape resembles more that of Botticelli's Venus than that of this generation's muses. I have eyes as dark as night and hair to match it. I like to wear loose clothing, I bind my breasts, I cut my hair short and have jewelry on places other than my earlobes.
She, in contrast, has skin as pale as ivory, large green eyes, she is tall and has long legs. She is that of which poets write about in the 21st century. She is thin (almost "too thin", people say. Her thinness makes people worry which is funny since she has never starved herself while I, being larger, starved myself until a month ago), she has long blonde hair as soft as silk, she wears dresses and short skirts and shirts cut just an inch below her breasts that are small and perky, she laughs at men's jokes and stares at them in awe, she is confident in her sexuality and isn't desperate for love.
Yes, putting it that way, she was right, she fits in perfectly inside the Iron Maiden and her knives have yet to stab her as they've stabbed me for years. She is lucky. But at that moment, I did not think of her comment that way. I did not see that she was simply admitting her privilege in this unfair world. I felt terrible, I knew she was right, but instead of having compassion for myself, I thought "You're right... You deserve to live... You deserve to be loved... I don't".
God, I have grown and learned a lot since you sent me to this world, but I still find it so hard to let go of the false belief that beauty has but one definition in the eyes of everyone else and that to possess that beauty means to be loved. What does it matter if I think my body is beautiful and my face lovable if nobody else will think so? Will I be loved if I am not like my friend? I have grown tired of the pain and the famine. But, God, I am still so afraid of being unloved.
Do you think she hates me
Does she think I am ugly?
Does she think I am unlovable?
Does she hate me
she's said before that she doesn't believe i am ugly. she's said she thinks i am attractive. i don't believe her. i dont look like any of the people she finds attractive. doesshe think i am beautiful? she said so before. i dont believer. why do i want her to love me.
I am a fool for love stories. I like very few of them but the ones I do I hold close to my heart forever.
I like the tragic ones, the ones where the lovers are forced to be apart. Perhaps that is why I hold on so strongly to the love I've felt in the past that was not returned. Nobody wants to hear a story about love that just couldn't be because the lovers took different paths and agreed to be friends rather than partners. But a story about a boy who loved another, his dearest friend, for years and years -- seeing him kiss maiden after maiden who broke his heart into pieces, having to dry his friend's tears while never being able to confess his true feelings? Now, that's quite a story.
I often say I want to be loved but maybe what I want is just a good story to tell. I want things to happen to me so I may write or talk about them. I want tragic, senseless, passionate love that leaves me broken and lost. Is that odd?
I am in so much pain. I rip out chunks of skin from my arm, my chest and my face. I hit my head against the wall. Over and over and over. I pulled my hair. I burned my thighs with cigarettes.
I am in pain. I want to disappear. I want to die.
I cannot do this anymore. I am afraid of the sun. I do not want to open my eyes. The pain is unbearable.
I feel so utterly unlovable. My whole life I have felt so disfigured, so deformed and utterly disgusting. I have always felt like I am not human enough. I feel like I am some sort of strange creature. I am miserably human but monstrously hideous. I look at myself and I try to find comfort in my existence but I know I do not look as what people desire. The size of my body is in every way wrong. I have too many flaws on my outer shell that are not erased by what lies beneath.
I am unlovable. I am rude, I am bitter, I am angry and aggressive and strange. I am too masculine yet not masculine enough. I am disgusting. I am so wrong. Everything about me is wrong.
I do not truly wish I looked like beautiful women do but I can't help but think that if that was what I was I would be loved. I wish I was slim and tall, delicate and young with nothing hanging from me. In my deepest of consciousness I wish I was more of a man. I wish I was born in such a way that I was raised as a boy from birth to adulthood and never had to worry about beauty and I could just be loved for everything else. I can't help but think I'd be less bitter if I was taken as a man -- If I could love as a man and never be questioned. If I was tall and my voice was deep and my hands big and I had all the bits people require of a man... If I was that... Would she love me? Would she like me? Or rather. If I was that... would I even be afraid of love? Would I be afraid of intimacy and nakedness? I would feel... free. Then why do I find myself longing for a shape that would keep me in shackles but would be "pretty"? I don't know. Sometimes I feel like giving up on it all. I don't-- or rather can't love as a woman and nobody will love me as either woman or man. I am... wrong. Everything about me is wrong. I am wrong.