Once you’ve gotten to know me you will find that there is a consistency about me that can be either frightening or comforting.

My people can tell you how I like my coffee, what I am likely to order from a menu, which shoe I am gonna put on first and any number of things about me.  What both they and I are dealing with is mood shifts.

I do not like them Sam I Am.

Over the years, mostly for self preservation purposes I learned to manage my emotions.  I’m not quite a Vulcan but emotions are kind of useless to me with rare exception.  As a little one showing emotion taught others how to hurt me.  As a young woman showing emotions taught others where my weaknesses were and how to exploit them.  As a mother and a daughter showing sadness caused stress on the people I gave my life to protect.

Since the ‘event’ I have no other choice but to show all of my emotions.   I’ve been struggling to pull them back in.  I fail in the struggle very often these days.

Today was not one of those days though.  I experienced anxiety over today for a while now, about a month.  I didn’t walk into today thinking that it was gonna turn out like it did.  I was prepared to arrive and be Nicole. I’d demonstrate a competency that was like the old me. They would have no other option than to delay their objectives they would be not prepared for their opponent.

B called me and I spoke to him as I reviewed the paperwork.

It was about 1130 and about 60 minutes too late.

The hearing I told myself was this afternoon was this morning.

As I read through the paperwork the emotions refused to rise.  No anger – no tears – no anxiety – nothing.

The feeling was familiar.

I’ve spent most of the evening in the quiet being familiar. I fear that old familiar me.

Aphrodite Brown

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Aphrodite Brown is the owner and creator of Vizionz from the Bottom. Vizionz is a life and culture blog covering all aspects of life from pop culture, to politics, to parenting, with an extra heavy dose of alternative lifestyle & sex positive living.
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