Welcome to the Real World, Shirley Jean Davis

Everyone has bad times, even Shirley Jean Davis.


This is how I feel today. Hold onto your hats! This is true emotion, and I’m not a bit afraid to tell you about it. Yes, I am human and yes, I fail.


Having been traumatized in my childhood, I have a fear of being trapped. Not just physically trapped, but a deep-seated terror of not being able to think my way out a situation. These horrifying feelings of no escape make me want to scream. Sometimes I do, even if it is internally.


Unfortunately, life is full of situations where you easily resolve.


As many of you know, I have been attending college and doing very well. This past spring semester I was forced to drop a fifth class because I wasn’t performing as well as I should due to the stress having five classes put me under. Unfortunately, I had already received my financial aid reimbursement and spent it on living expenses.


Now they want the some of the money back.


Almost $800 in fact.


I live on a fixed income and support four people with it. No one in the house works except for me due to some critical mental health issues among the other two adults in our home. They have attempted to get social security to help, but it is almost impossible to get help in the current political climate.


So, I will not be able to return to college, AGAIN! I had just gotten myself out of this trap last year.


One of my alters had attended college back in the late 90’s early 2000’s and I was not aware until I began to attempt to enter college again. Then I was told of the three outstanding bills with three different universities. They had to be paid before I could even apply to any universities and totaled around $2,000. I got lucky and finally settled it and started classes the fall semester of 2017.


Now, here I am again. Only this time I know what happened. I feel so depressed and lost right now.


Some days I feel like life is just too difficult to win. I sit here with tears in my eyes and wonder what will become of me. I’m pushing sixty and have little to show for it.


I own nothing. I have no partner or children. I have no home I can call my own.


The most significant thing that hurts is I can’t shake the feeling that had my abusers not mistreated me; I could have made an enormous splash in the world.


I know what you may be thinking, she’s wallowing in self-pity. Maybe, but it is worse than that. I feel trapped again. Trapped in a situation where I don’t have a clue what to do.


When I was a child, I had a sense that I knew what was going to happen next. Even though the things I expected were horrendous, I still had a feeling that I was going to go on and do fine.


That illusion is gone entirely now.


I am terrified of many things, but the main one is that I’ll go to my grave and no one will remember me. That I’ll be lost in history. Let’s face it, most of us do. We’re put in graveyards or placed in urns, and in ten or twenty years our names are forgotten. It’s as though we never lived at all.


I get such a forlorn feeling when I see a graveyard. I read the names and wonder about the person’s story. Who were they? What did they think about their lives? Did they enjoy life? Who did they love?


What Will Happen After I’m Gone


When I worked as an aide in a nursing home, I was often faced with the loss of the people who lived there. Their lives and deaths made an indelible impression on my life. I’ve always said that so long as I’m alive, they live on. But what will happen after I’m gone?


You see, there is a horrible feeling in my gut that I’ll die before I get the opportunity to finish what I want to do in life. While I know no one has a guarantee on how long they will be around, as I get older these horrible thoughts plague me day and night.


I feel like I need to run!


I feel like I need to escape!


But there’s nowhere to go!


I feel panicked!


I feel so, so, so, lost!


In times past, I would have blamed another alter for those emotions. But, you know what? They are my emotions because they are all me. I am feeling these frightening things.


My sleep is messed up again. I’m sleeping around four hours per night. I know I’ll be better, but man.


I sure hope something helps me soon. I may be precipitating my death by worrying and being panicked.




Well, now you have met Shirley J. Davis motivative speaker and freelance writer on one of her terrible days. Just because I’ve been in therapy for three decades and talked in my blog posts about hope and health doesn’t mean I don’t have days where I am in despair.


My therapist Paula once said to me on such a day, “welcome to the human race, Shirley.”


Gee, thanks, Paula.


Beam me up, Scotty!


Stop, I want to get off this crazy ride!


Holy shit!


Life Goes On


The good news I know I am resilient. I have survived much worse days than these and I will now too. Tomorrow the sun will shine, and life will go on. That’s the way it is you know.


Life goes on.


I will defeat this horrible feeling of fruitless fighting eventually, but for now, I’m trapped in fear and inactivity.


So, don’t worry about me, I’m good. Or at least, I will be.


“Fear can be good when you’re walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it’s not good when you have a goal, and you’re fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had success has failed before.” Queen Latifah






4 thoughts on “Welcome to the Real World, Shirley Jean Davis

  1. Hello, I’m sorry you’re having these feelings. If it means anything, I will always remember you and all of us that suffer with DID, you inspire me. I wasn’t able to finish my masters degree, and am not well enough to work in social services like I used to, but I try to work on having some kind of a life with meaning and purpose. My heart goes out to you. You are doing a good job.


    1. I am just feeling poorly today. Who knows about tomorrow right? I know. I wanted to get my Master’s Degree and hang out my own shingle. I’ll just have to find some other way to make money to support myself and buy the home I want. It doesn’t have to be a castle, just someplace I can stay for the rest of my life and grow old in. Right now I live in government housing and it isn’t a great place to live. It’s small, noisy and there is no privacy let alone security. Sigh. I just want to be live in peace now and feel I’m not going to be another forgotten soul on planet earth. Don’t mind me. It’s just a bad time for us (me, my selves and I). Thanks for your kind comment. It does help to know I am admired by someone. I’ll be okay, I just am allowing myself to feel these emotions instead of resigning them to an alter or hiding from them. Shirley


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