The emotion is probably not at the top of everyone’s ‘feel good lists.’
It makes us feel pretty miserable and acts as a gateway for other negative emotions to enter our consciousness.
However, guilt can be helpful in terms of admitting wrong-doing, apologising and giving us a desire to behave appropriately.
Guilt is often associated with a crime which leaves me to question why I feel it almost everyday. I’m not aware of becoming Britain’s most wanted this year, nevertheless, I have noticed guilt’s presence in my mind or in conversation when it comes to how I’m feeling.
My rational side of my brain knows, deep down, that this emotion is wrong but the power of it is enough to make me forget.
Guilt has popped in on several occasions, uninvited and refusing to leave.
- Guilt for caring about what others think of me.
- Guilt for taking a mental health break.
- Guilt if my partner is upset because I feel my depression and anxiety rubs off on him.
- Guilt for cancelling plans.
I know guilt is disguising itself here as anxiety but I never call out the emotion at the precise time. Instead I reflect afterwards when the damage has already been done.
BUT I have felt real intense, guilt, which is why it is hard for me to call it out when it appears irrationally.
For a long time I have felt guilty because of mum’s cancer diagnosis.
When the news sunk in and we realised the monster was in mum, shock was replaced by guilt.
Let me explain…
A year before we were in ‘The Room’, my world was turning upside down one afternoon as my anxiety took me to a dark place.
I didn’t want to be here.
I couldn’t cope with life anymore. I was exhausted and I felt I had nowhere to turn to.
I had never felt so alone.
I wanted out but I stayed.
I chose life and instead of seeing that as a positive guilt made it a negative because I associated that situation with a new one – mum’s cancer diagnosis.
Mum had/has no choice of how long she stays on this planet for, cancer has decided that for her.
I did have a choice and I nearly chose wrong.
My mum’s life is so precious, everyone’s life is precious yet I was so quick to disregard my own, I don’t have a terminal illness.
Guilt has consumed me for so long over this and I am still calling it out now.
It’s destructive if you choose it to be.
As days pass, and each day I count as a blessing with mum, I realise that I have no reason to feel guilty.
It is not my fault this has happened. It is not my fault I experienced what I did.
Now I see strength.
Strength that I am meant to be here…to remind mum of her own.