the burden of this unreal estate
i have my suspiscions that another unit in my building is getting its carpets replaced. while, granted, this doesn't seem particularly newsworthy in the scheme of life, it does, however, strike a rather resonant chord with me on both aesthetic and emotional levels.
i have lived in my apartment now for almost five years. the carpets, well, they are the much worse for the wear, they have, clearly, seen better days. they've seen far worse days of crazy roommates with penchants for outbursts of irrational behavior, they've seen parties of countless drinks spilled, they've seen angry footsteps, and the cautious steps of new lovers. but the carpets are old, and dingy, and in desperate need of a change. aesthetically, i envy my neighbors and their new, unspoiled carpet.
emotionally, i'm reminded of a postcard i bought in a novelty and book shop in hollywood almost a decade ago. it's some watercolor rendition of a crooked pink building in a wash of turquoise, and the scribbled writing reads: "nothing ever happens." i've been feeling like i could possibly be the stick figure drawn in to the tiny glossy frame of that postcard; that in my pink building in its sea of turquoise, nothing ever happens. and i'm rallying for a change.
i took a walk to run some errands in my neighborhood this afternoon. it was hot, though the occasional breeze took the weight from the air temporarily and moved it gently across me as i strode the sidewalks that have grown achingly familiar to me. i made wry mental notes about the landscape, about what my neighborhood means in a metaphoric sense. but after all my overly verbose musings, things circled back on the breeze to land in my gut. my heart. that vulnerable spot that holds all my sadness and anger and resentment and longing. and it reminded me that, like my stale and stagnant carpeting, the streets where i live hold in them the stains of a thousands days. there is the building that houses my former place of employment, where just over a year ago i was shown the door under circumstances that no amount of psycho-dissecting could lessen the blow of their impact on my life. there is the home of a former boyfriend of mine--someone whom was always ill-suited for me, but is who my mind cannot shake of late; he's in my dreams almost nightly, he's on my mind constantly, and it sits on me like a leaden weight i cannot lift from my back.
i wake up in the mornings, frequently disoriented and feeling hungover, though i'd taken nothing to drink the night before. i lose minutes and hours in the lives of my friends in movies and television, i pretend i don't have anything to say here, to put in a journal, to turn in to the kind of writing i know i am capable of. i sit and make excuses for my inevitable failures. i fear my own success. and i yearn for some affection, to be held and touched and soothed by someone who wants to be there next to me. i try to teach myself a mantra of "i am ready for love" or "i want things to change."
the burden of this unreal estate is underfoot in my grimy, old carpeting. and i can't move, it's not something running away can fix, nor is running away even a possibility. the fact of the matter is, in this gray area summer it's come down to my having to sell off some things i own just to make rent this month. so a new apartment, well, just add it to the list of the unattainables in my life. and my ennui, well, it wasn't fixable with something like my haircut, and, even though i think things may begin if i just have a good cry, i can't seem to indulge myself, though most days i feel like i am on the very precipice of those floodgates. i don't know if it's true that nothing ever happens, but if something doesn't change soon... i'd much rather find myself saying "be careful what you wish for" than to continually stare my hollow wishes in the face.