A Certain Type of Decisive

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Just your unfriendly neighborhood disaster, bringing you bi-weekly updates from the bottom of my own shoe!

Message to Readers

There are things that you cannot perceive- songs that you can't hear, words you can't say, people you can't see. But there is more. Something that you can see, hear, touch, taste- you can say it, join it, enter it- you can be it and escape it- but you can't understand it. Be careful out there.

Ouija Board

July 10, 2020

To the Ghost that Lives in my House:

    Though on a normal occasion, I might greet you, the two of us have spent enough time together that I somehow doubt there is much I could say that might make our correspondence less awkward. You've also probably figured that there's not much I can do or say to anyone to make any situation less awkward- I like to think it's my signature move. I'm sure you're aware, at least to some degree, of the situations at hand- I'm not quite sure what it's like to be dead, but I won't assume it makes one unaware of any large affairs of the living world. Besides, if there is nothing but an inky blackness, an endless dark of the universe, it won't matter because you won't be reading this letter anyway. So I won't bore you with trying to explain it- death is likely boring enough without my half-assed explanation of the pestilence and politics that plague this world.

    We're spending a lot of time together these days. I didn't realize it at first, but I've shown you a side of me that no one else has ever seen. I've seen the way the curtains move in the loft, I know you were there when I was crying over an instructional dance video series, over Dungeons and Dragons, and over my own damn writing.I heard whispers and saw movement in the corners of my eyes when I was sending email, after email, after email. I assume you’ve seen all the drafts of every piece I don’t have the courage to publish. You know how many times I've re-watched my favorite series, until I know every line by heart- you're the only one who knows that I'm re-listening to my favorite podcast season instead of listening to the next (though, my sister is the only one who cares, and she will see this soon enough). I've read enough of my private writing out loud when home alone for you to know things about me that no one else does. You've seen my days of bad hygiene, of numbness, of late nights, workouts, zoom calls, tears- you’ve seen far more than I am comfortable publishing as a piece- I hope you don't mind the open nature of this letter, by the way. A copy is being submitted online- you know the writing community I join? A wonder that they were having a contest about this very thing. 

    I might've never written this letter at all- I could just talk to you as usual. But, as you know, I've been away over the holiday. You've no doubt seen my grandfather tending to the dog, seen the dust settle, and heard the conspicuous lack of conversation and shouting children. If I hadn't left, I don't think I would've written to you. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, I suppose- I didn't think I was going to miss you. I get surprised by emotion sometimes. It's like a butterfly garden in a distant town, you aren't even quite sure what kind you will see, where they are, or even if you'll see them at all. But when you do, you are always amazed at how complex it is. Also I'm scared of butterflies. But that's beside the point- the point is that I'm lonely.

    I'm lucky- thousands of universes at my fingertips and a big family.I'm not lonely in the way that I know so many people are, isolated and touch-starved. I can only imagine this is what it feels like to be dead- to be surrounded by so many familiar things, yet alone. I'm lucky, but lonely. I've already told you that I prefer talking to people about mundane things. I can only tell my parents that I'm learning about video games so many times. I can only write in my journal about my elementary school walks to the library so many times- "it's just like walking with a pinch of spice," right? I love the people I have and the life I have, but that doesn't mean I'm not wishing for something new. 

    I used to think that friendship required a certain number of hours to be legitimate. In order to be considered more than acquaintances, you need to know a specific number of facts about a person. You have to have lied awake a night, thinking about them, you had to go through some kind of trouble together, you have to accidentally say "I love you" when you end a call with them. It was always different, but there was a threshold you could cross just by reaching a number.

    I've changed my mind.
    I've decided friendship is just a choice, nothing else. If two people choose to be friends, nothing can stop them. There are no qualifiers, milestones, prerequisites. They just exist. Labels are man-made and therefore, you can decide how, when, or why you apply them. There's not much you can control in this universe- but you'd probably know that better than anyone. People always say ghosts are just the wind and some part of my brain started taking that literally. Are you moved from place to place by the whims of mother nature? Is a ghost so light that they cannot choose where they go? In a much more metaphorical sense, I can't choose where I go. I am still so young- we make an odd pair, don't you think? 

    I'd like to choose you as a friend. I haven't been scared of ghosts since I was pretty young- I was two busy being scared of the Vashta Nerada. Now I'm scared of long hallways and the theme music from Unsolved Mysteries... still not scared of ghosts. Maybe this is insulting? I don't want to be rude, I just have to clarify. I'm not befriending you in the hope of becoming less scared of you- though perhaps that is more noble a reason, than out of loneliness. We always love each other for selfish reasons, don't we? I'm tired- I just want something new. I want to decide that today is different from yesterday. I want to be better.
    And I want to be friends with you.

    I'll have finished this letter over the holiday, but I'll wait until I get home to send it out. You'll be the first to see it in its entirety. I've left this copy on my desk in hopes that you'll read it, but if you don't, that's alright. Perhaps death is more busy than I anticipated, maybe it is less lonely than I am. But if it isn't, if you find the time and something that you want to make official, I'll look around for messages written in dust and whispers through the air conditioner. I can't wait to be home again.

See you soon,

The instructional dance video series was called "Dances Moving" and it broke my heart. If anyone wants to know what I consider true art, you can take a look, there's only seven episodes or something, they're super short.
Also, Gecko's not my name, but an alias I use sometimes. It seemed a little better than writing out "A Certain Type of Decisive," but I'm open to suggestions?

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1 Comment
  • AbiJoy

    Hell yes we're making friends with ghosts 2020!!! Butterflies please do not interact. hrnng "Labels are man-made and therefore, you can decide how, when, or why you apply them" yall I-

    10 months ago