A dear friend of mine recently graduated from basic with the US Navy. I was proud to see her in dress whites. Girl’s outfit was crisp, pressed, and the shoes were so shined that you could light a room with them if you had a window available for light refraction. Now she is off to another base to study. She’s going into Naval Intelligence. Listening to her describe training, the dedication and the effort she put in, it’s humbling. I hate to say it, but more than anything, the biggest emotion I feel about all of this is jealousy.
I haven’t accomplished anything with my life. Not really. I got a BA that isn’t even worth the 120 credits it took to get it. Unless you have a Master’s, nobody even cares. It just goes on a resume and that’s it. My resume is absolute shit. I work for the state I live in, and I am desperately trying to get ahead in my employment. But it’s a waste of time. I know what’s holding me back – my shit resume. I have one job that I’ve held on to for more than a year. One. The rest aren’t even past six months. It makes me look flaky. It makes me look undependable. Had a ton of interviews, but I haven’t even had any that have hit up my references. That is bad. I work at a fucking call center. My life is helping people that I want to murder with a hammer out with their fucking problems. It’s awful. And at every fucking interview I have to say that it has been a learning experience or an exciting challenge or some other piece of bullshit PR nonsense. I can’t say that this job is sucking the life out of me. I can’t say that I am secretly wishing that I had some kind of addiction or other problem, so then at least I could say my life is unique in some way.
But it doesn’t end there. In fact, that’s just the tip of the iceberg that is my entirely worthless life. I am a miserable, depressing person who has depression so severe that I don’t remember what feeling joy is like. It makes NOBODY want to talk to me. I got one friend who talks to me on the regular. Well, two, now that my girly-mate is out of basic and at A-School with the Navy. So, because I am depressing as fuck, my friend life is basically gone. With fewer and fewer people who can even stomach talking to me, I feel more and more alone in this town. After all, Eeyore only works as a character in fiction. Everyone in the 100 Acre Wood wants to be his friend. Because even though he isn’t always the most cheerful, he still gets in on the fun with everyone else. Yeah, it works in fiction. And nowhere else.
Then there is my absolute train-wreck known simply as my love life. That’s so pathetic that I recently decided to hit up a girl I used to work with at the Library who I had never really liked, but had always found to be appealing on a sexual level. Because hey, why the fuck not?! Yeah, I know I’ll never even get a response from that stellar waste of time. That didn’t at all make me look pathetic. Nope, not even a little. Had a friend who said it’s good that I took the initiative. Not for one second do I buy that. Haven’t had a relationship in three years. Haven’t had sex in three years. Statistically speaking, the longer a person is single, the higher the chance that they will remain that way. There is no hope for me.
So when my friend, the Seaman Apprentice, tells me about her life down there and all the work she has put in, I am both humbled and unimaginably jealous. Her life is going places! She’s married! She’s got a whole life waiting for her when she gets home! What do I have? I got out of college literally on the skin of my teeth. I got D’s my last semester. Straight D’s. But D’s get degrees now. Gotta love America’s pathetic education system. I was so burned out that I didn’t even get my degree printed on paper to let my parents hang on their wall. You gotta pay for that shit now, and I am NOT giving that fucking worthless institution one more fucking dime! Fuck them! Fuck all of them!
Where does that leave me? No-goddamn-where, that’s where. I am chubby, pathetic failure who currently has a nasty cold in the middle of summer that is fucking pissing me off. I took today off work, when I don’t even have the time to take off. You know what my leave time is?! Not that! But if I had gone in today I would have felt like shit and been cracking on the phone. That’s life. I get to go to a job that I hate in order to help fucking imbeciles get their fucking child support. That’s right, I work for child support. The most hated entity in the fucking state, after the cops.
I feel so fucking pathetic. I have accomplished nothing. I will continue to accomplish nothing. I am trying to finish a novel, but I have so many unfinished novels that I know will go absolutely nowhere. All I have to even be remembered for once I am gone is this website, and after a while that would disappear too. If I vanished tomorrow, how many fucking people would even notice I’m gone?! Not many. All the people who have left me behind.
And it’s too fucking late. I can’t fix any of the friendships that are gone. My resume ain’t getting any better. My love/sex life has a plot at the local cemetery. The price of failure. All I am is a failed boyfriend. A failed fiance. A failed best friend. A failed medical records technician. A failed student. All I have is failure. I wish I knew what to do. I keep trying. I bust my ass at that worthless fucking job and I have no friends. Only friends I have had there have left. I would give anything to have one chance to go back in time and change things. I’d give anything. Just once. But life doesn’t work that way.
Well, that’s enough wallowing in self-pity. Think I’ll finish this here and cry like a little bitch because I can’t even do the normal thing and suck down a bottle of Jack Daniels to drown away my pain. I don’t even have the will power for a fucking addiction.
Until next time, a quote,
“Maybe I’m too young to know what the world is supposed to be. But it’s not supposed to be this. Can’t be this.” – Huey Freeman