Re: worrying -
It's only normal to worry about people you love, especially when they are 1)away from you and 2)having a hard time. HOWEVER, making yourself sick worrying about them is counterproductive and indeed DOES make them worry more. (Voice of experience) The thing to remember is that Ristin *needs* to know that you're ok as a way to keep him going when things get rough. However, i ALSO
know that not worrying is a hell of a lot easier said than done! (again, voice of experience here). But the best ANY of us can do is TRY.
Re: the drinking -first off
beating yourself up about falling back on an old crutch! When things get tough, we look for ways to make it EASIER to cope. That's the way it is. It happens. NOW - if you DIDN'T
feel guilty about doing it, then i would worry. BUT
you do feel guilty... which means 1)you are wanting to KEEP that promise to YOURSELF about not relying on that crutch and 2)that it's important to you to do this for not only RISTIN... but YOURSELF!second
... you drank NOT
as a means to an end (ie - wanting to get drunk to escape the situation) but while engaging in a nice dinner with a friend. NOW, maybe you both drank a little more than you had intended but
you didn't set out to get DRUNK and then
decide to have dinner. You didn't finish the bottle of red wine and then head out and buy several more bottles with the intent of getting sh*tfaced. You were talking and enjoying an evening with good company and HAPPENED to be drinking. There's a BIG difference between the two scenarios. TRUST ME! I know!SO
(Stepping firmly up on her "i'm a year older than you, bucko so you BETTER LISTEN UP" soapbox - ::grin::) Speaking as someone who is a stress smoker and has a tendency to Fall back on the crutch of Alcohol (which is NOT a good thing for me with alcoholism on BOTH sides of the family AND an alcohol tolerance of a VERY LARGE water buffalo!) you need to cut yourself some SLACK
on this. There are going to be times when things don't go as well as you would like. BUT, that just means dropping back and trying again. really.Now that I've fallen down once, it's so much easier to fall the next time. I won't even bother trying to have a dry Christmas now. I've got nothing left to prove.THIS
i will take issue with!::Glares at the upset rat with exasperation - before HUGGING THE STUFFING out of him, just 'cause!::
Yes, it will
be so much easier to fall the next time, which means trying that much harder NOT
to do it! This is a set back, yes. But it's the holidays and Ristin is gone and is having a hard time and things are HARD right now. So set backs happen. I've had a few myself. i've done things in the last week due to stress that i haven't done in MONTHS! Things that i promised not only myself but my PARTNER that i wouldn't do. And it's hard NOT to do them again because the stress is still there and the actions "seem" to make things better... until i start feeling guilty about letting everyone down by engaging in them.
So, i admit i fell and i find someone who'll look at me and tell me that i'm STILL worthwhile even though i've done something i promised not to. Then i fight the urge to do it again by reminding myself that i CAN do without the crutch. It's not easy... but it's SO worth it. Trust me on this one.
::hugs you again (yes, i am a very "huggy" mouse. sue me... no don't... i'm poor ::grin::):: It gets better. Really. And you CAN do this without the crutch. I promise. And i'm here if you need that reminder.
i know this is probably MORE than you wanted to hear from someone you DON'T know (and that you JUST added to your f-list) but i just felt as someone who's BEEN there, DONE that that i COULDN'T let this pass without commenting. You aren't alone. You aren't BAD for "falling down". And if you weren't worth it... Ristin wouldn't care enough to want you NOT to worry.
Peace, sweet rat, and feel free to contact this american mouse if you need to talk.
::one more HUG:: The kendermouse