Me and the inside of my head are very good friends, we hang out all the time. Nothing happens in my life, from big events to small daily activities, that we don’t spend time discussing and assessing. Some might say we spend too much time together, that the inside of my head is a bad influence on me. And I would probably agree with them.
I like spending time with the inside of my head…or at least I used to. Being an introvert, a thinker and an analyser, it allows me to think things through and get quiet time from the rest of the world. At some point though, the inside of my head started taking over. We spent too much time together. I started hanging out in my head all the time and not in the real world. Like a possessive partner, it started distorting how I look at the world and myself. I became the silent friend in the relationship, the friend of a bully who kept me down all the time so it was the powerful one.
I recognised in time my friendship with the inside of my head was not a healthy one and I began to distance myself from it. It did not want to let go of me though, there was and still are arguments over how to see the world and my place in it. Our friendship has become toxic and I need space from it. Yet I still need that friendship, it is my refuge from a world that I find too much sometimes, it is a place of processing and protection. So I am trying to build bridges with the inside of my mind, to find a partnership with it where we are equals not enemies.
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