My fifth “no more alcohol” declaration

After what happened last night, I realize that I may need to rethink alcohol drinking. Last night was malignant, for many reasons. I slept with someone I had zero intentions of ever even hugging. I cannot remember how it happened, when or why. All I know is, I was severely inebriated. That, my dear, is the main problem.

Other things I am mad about, albeit not as high up on the malignancy chart as an unplanned one night stand, are: having flashbacks at random times, remembering that I slept with him in the presence of the boy I was seeing (whew), and not being able to recall what exactly happened.

I can honestly do better. I should honestly do better. I hope to do better. So my goal is to reduce – to zero – my alcohol consumption, indefinitely. I say ‘indefinitely’ and not ‘forever’ because I learn from past mistakes. This would be my fifth time declaring that I am ‘never’ drinking alcohol again. It clearly does not work. So here is to ‘indefinitely’ living without alcohol.

While I’m at it, I should say my planned man-fast begins now. (I had begun mentally preparing myself for a year-long man-fast after the current situation-ship ends, preferrably in December). Not only do I need to re-align my values and be intentional with whom I allow into my heart…and vagina, I am emotionally exhausted, constipated. My heart needs a long strong detox. I have determined that I can get to know and befriend boys all I want, but it shall end at platonic relationships.

I always like to take experiences, good and bad, and make them learning opportunities. Like this one – for example, alcohol makes me think stupid ideas are great. So I’m learning to manage (scrap that – I’m learning to do without) alcohol. Drinking gives me selective amnesia, such that I remember only aspects of an experience. And I do not appreciate not knowing the full story. So I’m learning to love life in its entirety and, therefore, cutting out alcohol and its memory-cutting effects.

I learnt that you have to be honest – with yourself and with people around you. If I were honest with myself, I would realize that I did what I did because I subconsciously wanted to ruin my chances with the guy I actually liked. I knew it was not long term. I knew it would not last. I knew I would get hurt. So I subconsciously took matters into my own hands.
This is entirely in retrospect because I had not thought of this before the fact. I am in fact still infuriated because I have no idea what led to us crossing the line from acquaintances to sexual partners. It had never been an option for me.

Nevertheless it happened, and safe to say my chances with the boy I liked are dead. If not because he dumps me, then because my era of relationships and sex is temporarily ending, for my year-long fast.

(Written in 2018)

*Update: we ended up dating, after my year-long man-fast. It did not work out, however, it has been my best relationship thus far. Safe to say I shan’t be quitting alcohol again anytime soon.

Eat Pray Love…it’s time

My life, right now, is somewhat of a mess. All of it. I have no idea how I got to this place. All I know is, this was not the plan.

My health – all of it – is at junk status. My body, mind, heart and spirit seem to all be in cahoots. All are withering like six-day old dozen roses.

I weigh in at my heaviest and, my BMI status labels me obese. I have not listened to my body, have not fed it for optimal performance. I have instead glazed it with caramelized popcorn, greased it with spicy wings (with blue cheese sauce – the only way to consume wings if you ask me), and sparkled it with speckled eggs (egg-shaped magic). I’ve had to take iron supplements to revive my haemoglobin level, after symptomatic anaemia all but sent me to hospital. My major confidant has become the 750ml red bottle of Pinotage… If bodies could shame their keepers, mine would cry the loudest.

I failed my first block of my final year undergraduate degree. A Golden Key invitee, four years in a row, and still I failed. I failed what was meant to be the best year of my university life. Now graduation is postponed and I lag behind my peers.

God. Even thinking that name feels blasphemous. I have gone so far off the track that calling this higher being, in whom I used to trust for my life in its entirety, feels ten kinds of wrong. These days, the urge to pray is so overpowered by the feeling of an impending lightning strike that I do not even entertain the thought. That I feel like a hypocrite may have something to do with thinking I might be smote. “What, you do not believe in me anymore, but you come running to me when it’s convenient?” is what I imagine God’s response to my prayers to be. So I don’t. I don’t pray. I simply let others do the praying. I have no right to ask for anything if I don’t like the big guy now do I?

And my lowest low of the year – being a mistress. I have absolutely no idea how I have the audacity to be complicit in the very thing I called out my friend for, all of last year. She was a mistress, and fell in love with the cheater. We spent hours, each week or so, talking about how wrong it all was. Then, at the first opportunity, I become my friend. How audacious. I do not even like the boy. I’m using him, breaking a relationship for my own selfish desires.
I almost had my sexual debut. Almost, I say, because the power-girl in me will not allow it to have been my first sexual experience. I did not cum. So it doesn’t count, period!
This, with a man in a relationship. A relationship with a girl I knew, a girl I advised him to go after, a girl who should be looking up to me, a girl who deserved more than what she had been handed.
I first got with him to get over a person I was infatuated with. Then it was because I was lonely. Then it was because I wanted to. Regardless of his relationship status, or his blatant feelings for me. It was all just about me.

So, I decided, it may be time to turn my life around. I am actively participating in my own version of the Eat, Pray, Love experience. I am working on myself, my body, my heart, my spirit. I am changing. I am finally getting the help I need, in attempts to become a better, healthier, more selfless, and smarter black girl.

(Written in 2017, in a trying and different time)

About me…

Welcome to my journal. No seriously, welcome to my innermost thoughts, writings, journal entries, experiences and what have you.

I go by many a name. The government knows me as Mathitha. I am a young, black, cis-heteronormative (sometimes queer-envious) woman. A medical doctor by profession. A feminist. A womanist.
I love travel, although I am yet to have an international travel experience (call me patriotic please).
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