Sunday, July 29, 2012

Glorious Summer

Typical of me, that at the moment of success, being fully booked for weeks, I should find myself most beset with doubts about whether I'm any good as a massage therapist. It used to drive Martha nuts, when I was in school: after the end of a semester, when it turned out I'd succeeded, my grades were good, my professors full of praise -- I'd go gloomy, dissatisfied, and doubtful. Maybe it's partly a primitive response, a reflex: if I were to delight in success, it would bring down the anger of the gods. Success exposes you, puts you on the map, makes you the target of poltergeists, controversialists, and spirits of envy. There is behind it, maybe, an existential conviction that if the universe was ever fully aware that I was here, it would crush me like flea between its fingernails.

I am aware, anyway of a strong impulse to jump overboard and begin a new life under a new name.

Meanwhile the trees are in full roaring leaf, crowding each other into the sky, shrugging sidewalks and driveways into ridges with their roots, struggling against each other, swaying and heaving like greco-roman wrestlers. It's hard to believe in Fall, or the Fall rains, right now.

4 comments:

Kathleen said...

I know what you mean about fall. And about doubt.

Zhoen said...

You will have Good Massage Therapist days and Bad Massage Therapist days, and the good will become more numerous than the bad until you know deep in the bones that you know what you are doing, and that you make most people's lives better. Despite some people who simply won't let you, and they are not your fault.

Peter said...

(o), and congratulations (spoken quietly for our mutual fear of the gods).

Jean said...

Oh yikes. Well, there's no perfect life, no perfectly fulfilling occupation, is there? I think self-doubt is healthy and stops you and your skills getting stale, as well as being the miserable syndrome you accurately describe. I fear that now you have the success you deserve as a massage therapist (which is fantastic - so happy for you!) the universe is now probably asking you to give some attention to further fulfilling your other talents and attending to things you're perhaps not happy with. Life, huh?