I feel like I’m picking at old wounds at the moment. And I really don’t know how safe it is to do. If we pick at physical wounds we can be left with ugly scars, so can the same be said of our psychological wounds?
I’m writing a lot about my past and that is bringing up lots of old memories, some of which are quite upsetting. A lot of it is weird little memories that shouldnt really still be there in my mind, but somehow they’ve stuck.
One thing I wrote about recently was the ‘toast incident’. It still makes me feel uncomfortable when i think about this even though it was from before I had even started school.
I was desperate for breakfast one day and my mum was busy. I’d asked and she just carried on poring over whatever she was doing. So I decided to make my own.
I pulled out a chair so that I could reach the countertop and then began to slide the toaster out of the cupboard. As I dragged it along the shelf, my fingers slipped and the toaster clattered to the ground. The sound was deafening and the front panel had dislodged itself and skidded along the line floor.
My mum came hurrying out to investigate and I was yelled at and sent up to my room without the breakfast I’d set out to make for myself.
When dad got home from work he dutifully fixed the toaster and mum filled him in on her version of events. I had snuck down to the bottom of the stairs and I listened carefully while tucking myself out of sight.
My mum told my dad that I had deliberately broken the toaster and that she was really angry with me. There was no mention of the fact that I had asked and was then just trying to look after myself.
It was my first realisation that nobody has your back. I could never really trust my mother so it doesn’t surprise me that I struggle to trust other people.
I believe that we are all a little bit like computers and we’re programmed in our early years. Unfortunately, nearly all of us have bad experiences that set horrible thoughts in our minds.
The ‘toast incident’ probably sounds so ridiculous to most people but I seem to have hung onto it into adulthood and it’s really shaped the way I think about myself and others.
I hope that you are able to see that you are always ok and the things in the past will always shape you but they dont have to be the be all and end all.
8 thoughts on “picking at old wounds”
Memories … like the shadows
in my mind!
The toast incident doesn’t sound trivial at all. And I agree, we all have these hidden memories, and from their incidence they have helped shaped our approach to the world. My solution has been to say, That was then, this is now, and I’m no longer a child. I’m a powerful person in my own right. It works. You can kick the past. Slowly. Wish you luck
I’ve only just begun to realise that is the truth. I never thought I had any power, but I do! It’ll just take a bit of practice to use it properly…
Hey, I’m still practising. I may not be able to double your age, not quite, but I’ve seen several more decades than you.
The toast incident isn’t ridiculous. Everybody has their own traumatic childhood memory, and it seems like this was yours. That was awful or your mother to do that.
She has so many issues to work through but she’s not willing to try. It’s very sad but I’m learning to keep myself safe now, so that is a very good thing!
I understand… there are a lot of things I did decades ago that still make me feel bad…
It’s so hard to forget. Old wounds always run so deep.