I have walls. They were constructed long ago, when I was a child. And let me tell you, I was one heck of a builder. They are thicker than an Egyptian pyramid; more impenetrable than a nuclear bomb shelter. My walls are AMAZING. And terrifying.
They keep me locked tightly inside. They prevent my emotions from escaping. Keep me in a warm cocoon. I can’t get out, even when I want to. I can’t feel though I struggle and try with all my might. These walls are high and thick and deep and wide and strong. Very strong. Massive. Painfully constricting.
I’m currently beating my head against them while I fight to claw my way out. I’ve been battling to tear them down. I’ve been laboring to dig my way out from under them or to find a way around them…since I can’t seem to get over or through them. I’ve begun to despair that I may be trapped within the confines of this fortress forever.
My walls, these walls I built with my own hands to protect me, these horrible walls will be my coffin.
Is there some magic word I need to say? Some formula I can use that will cause them to crack and come tumbling down? Some trap door I’ve yet to find? Some secret passageway?
I am in awe that I constructed them well before I hit my teen years. I’ve fortified them since, over the years. But still, this mighty wall that runs through my heart, through my mind and that imprisons my soul, was largely complete before I reached the age of 13. Time has not worn them down, caused them to decay, eroded them in any way, or created even a slight breach.
I’ve been trying for years to destroy them, to no avail. I remain tightly encased. Enclosed. Trapped. Untouched by emotions, for the most part. I experience a profound level of depression and not much else. No highs to go with the lows.
To be fair, we all have walls. Some boundaries are healthy. I don’t want to completely dismantle mine. But I would like to significantly reduce them. Perhaps include a few windows and doors. I would like to be able to escape them if I choose to do so. I would prefer they not be my prison.
Or my coffin.
My walls keep everyone out. Everyone. Out.
They keep me in. Caged. Bound. Incarcerated.
Neither do they keep me safe. Nor do they protect me. They give me a sense of security and numb me. But I can still be hurt. Even deeply wounded. Yet, if my ability to connect wasn’t nearly nonexistent, the damage would be far more extensive. They can still stab me in the back and make fun of me. They can look down on me, ridicule me and reject me…all of which is painful. But I survive. Behind my walls. Alone and numb.
The most critical task my walls perform is to isolate me. They do an astonishing job. So astonishing, I no longer seem to have a choice in the matter…my walls have completely taken control. I’ve not been able to reclaim power over them. Reminiscent of Frankenstein; once created, the monster had a life of his own and could not be restrained. My own creation has become my captor. My jailer.
As desperately as I long to flee, that which I created has proven to be inescapable. There is no hidden hatch. I wander endlessly in this maze, this desolate wilderness, beating on never-ending barriers that don’t give an inch.
I’m weary of beating on walls. I am weary of trying to escape this coffin. This coffin in which I will surely be buried. In which I am, even now, buried alive.