June 22, 2008

IS HONESTY THE BEST POLICY?

I've been thinking about Heidi a lot lately, about how she never blogs about feeling bitter or jealous, or about feeling lonely that people's lives have moved on while hers hasn't. She must feel this way at times, but she doesn't express it publicly. I emailed her and urged her to write about it, because I thought it would help her.

I think I'm retracting that advice.

Writing about how I felt lonely over the weekend I miscarried has backfired a little, I think. I meant every word I said, and it felt good to write about it and get it out. I felt such loneliness that, even having my mother there, even if 75 people had called me and I'd gotten 20 bouquets of flowers, it still wouldn't have been enough to fill the emptiness.

And it was hard because it was Scheduled Sadness. It didn't spring up on me unexpectedly; I had to make a conscious choice to make it happen. And so I scheduled my day for sadness, and sat at home waiting for sadness to arrive. I sat all day and clicked around on blogs, and no one was posting...because they were out living their lives and being happy, while I sat with my thoughts, waiting for sadness.

In some ways, this time was harder than the first. And the support was so overwhelming the first time that it was hard not to make this time look underwhelming. Everyone did too good of a job comforting me last December.

But my blog post, the feelings I thought were important to write, made some people feel bad, which has made me feel worse than the original loneliness. It actually makes me feel worse than losing the baby.

Which is kind of stupid, but that's my personality. I worry more about how other people will react than I worry about how I feel. Sometimes I get over that and blog about my honest thoughts, but it makes me feel like absolute crap when I learn that something I blogged hurt people's feelings.

It makes me not want to be a blogger anymore.

And even though there are lots of comments about how people understand and have been through the same, if I hurt just one person, I feel like a failure.

I thought that writing honestly and openly was a good thing, but I am not always prepared to deal with the consequences of doing so.

Posted by: Sarah at 08:14 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 What if you helped one person feel less alone in their own loneliness? There are people in the same situation who don't discuss it with anyone. You're better off expressing it. If I were you, I wouldn't worry too much about making people feel bad. I'd think about the quiet people who are feeling better.

Posted by: Amanda at June 22, 2008 08:51 AM (IwSIO)

2 Good advice above. Be concerned what is helping you past this sadness by writing and do not worry about the others. Hope your heart and soul heal soon!

Posted by: Mel at June 22, 2008 11:36 AM (MZIbB)

3 I've thought about this same issue too sometimes. Sometimes I go back later and take down the post. Sometimes I leave it. Maybe there is such a thing as being too honest. But for me, your posts were raw, and real. You never know what someone will take from what you write. And not to dismiss other people's feelings in the least but you do your best to be inclusive and from what I've read you make clear your love and admiration for your friends. Make someone feel bad inadvertently is a bad feeling. And I do get it. But I'm pretty sure they wouldn't want you to stop blogging over it.

Posted by: Mare at June 22, 2008 12:24 PM (APbbU)

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