I often find myself reading psychological books where people are forced to face some past demon. Maybe they were abused growing up or they witnessed something they shouldn’t have. Maybe they had a moment of weakness and it cost someone their life. I love this type of stories because they can bring me comfort or even force me to see things. When I see them I also get to read about how people overcame these obstacles and found something close to happiness.
Funny thing is that sometimes the main character may have to go seek professional help. They are diagnosed and if you, like me, love looking up mental illness, you can sometimes can an “Ah yep understandable” moment.
I recently had one where a man was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. In the story I read he was hurt as a child by his father and also watched as his father killed another little boy. His life was full of abuse even as he reached adulthood yet his quirks seemed so familiar to me. They were much like my own that before I even got to the chapter where he was diagnosed I started to question things.
He has this urge to paint, to tell his story. To finally undo this lie he was forced to keep. If he didn’t paint he would basically escape into himself and a ‘monster’ would take over. When that happened people were hurt bad.
The story was pretty much talking about his journey with overcoming it all and being able to love someone. This was a psychological romance (m/m cause a duh) that left me crying.
It touched on things I have never even told my therapist for fear they would find me an unfit parent. How there are times when I feel like someone is watching me. They are so very angry. I know exactly who they are but I can’t tell anyone. Sometimes when I can’t sleep at night I can hear them talking (it is usually only one…or at least it has been since my daughter was born)
I know who she is and I know that with time I won’t feel her presence anymore.
I don’t know why it took a fictional book to help me realize that what I am going through is normal. I am pretty sure most would question my already fading sanity levels if I had told them.
But it is true. This book helped me a lot. I will probably never be as brave as this fictional character. I will probably never have the type of love that they received either. Nor will I get the kind of support and dedication that I need to make it through this life as they did. I am not alone though.
Reading has always been something that saved me. I could focus on someone elses trouble for a while. My life isn’t perfect at all but it is my life. It may not make sense to believe this book helped me despite me writing as though I am helpless towards my future. I mean I do not think I have a future but this book did help me. I am not alone in what I feel.
My life isn’t some written fiction someone made up. I may not have the perfect ending to it but it is mine. In time my thoughts could change. But just knowing that I am not alone brings me a world of comfort.
There she follows
To and fro
A little girl I forget to know
Shackled to a hurtful past
She haunt my conscience so the pain will last
I regret the cause that brought her near
Regret the dreams I have grown to fear
The little girl who cases
To and fro
The little girl who won’t leave me alone
So I write her story
I write her song
I write all the way I have done her wrong
So that she may go to sleep another day
Until she is once again ready to play
The book that made me feel this way can be found here (via author website. She has a lot of other books that deal with some tough issues)
Or directly on amazon here
She is an amazing writer so check her out if you like m/m novels.