I hate making my first post something of this nature. But somehow, in this city of millions, I have absolutely no one to talk to. So here’s my post of angst:
I saw my shrink today. Well, my ex-shrink. Our sessions started this past fall, and over the course of five months, I grew very fond of her. After all, when there’s no one else, your shrink is your trusted friend and your closest confidant. In many ways, she was the only one who cared and listened, even if only for a hour a week. bitter smile But still, I became quite attached to her. With her being only 26, and we occasionally flirted, so I even entertained the idea of dating her for a while. (Of course, she was ruled by professional ethics, and I respected that. ) The therapies stoped about a month ago, even though we didn’t see each other again, it was very comforting to think that she cared, and if I ever needed to talk, I can always go to her. In my mind, she had became my closest friend.
I saw her while eating lunch today: her sweet smile, her blonde, curly locks, and that slightly peculiar denim jacket from The Gap. I walked over and said hi. Idle chit-chat followed. It felt ironic for her to ask me how I’ve been, when she knew the answer fully. Then, I asked her to join me at the table.
“Thank you for the offer, but I can’t, and I think you know why, Panmarblic.”
Like a million times before, I tilted my head to the right and gave her a puzzled look.
“Because of our relationship in therapy, we have to maintain a certain amount of distance. Still, it was nice seeing you.”
“Yeah, nice seeing you too.”
I thought she was my friend. I thought I could have a pleasant lunch with the one person in this city who understood me. But no. One hour a week; No more, no less. I was sick to my stomach. Having lost all appetites, I picked up my food and walked out. There’s a fountain outside the restaurant. I sat down in front of it, still chewing that last bite of a roast beef sandwich. Too much mustard… Across from me sat an Asian couple, probably freshman, judging from their innocent and slightly nauseating embrace. It was a perfect setting to contemplate my most recent “loss”.
I felt betrayed. Wait… maybe that’s not the right word. I mean, I had unreal expectations, and I should’ve known that she and I couldn’t be friends. But still, it still hurt to think that we weren’t close at all. In fact, it hurt a lot, because now I have no one. She seemed so different in therapy. She’s almost like a cruel reminder of what can be but what I’m forever denied. I cried for the first time in months. Then, like some third rate made-for-tv drama, it started to rain. It was a lovely afternoon to walk home…