Until you drive into it.
It was interesting. I felt it go. My internal narrator folded her arms, leaned against the wall, and said quietly, to no one in particular, "And there...right there...is the moment where I lost my shit."
I did it quietly, in the apartment. I didn't go climbing any clock towers or driving off bridges. I think, however, that I cannot do this out here. This doesn't feel like a passing panic. I am an old hand at passing panic--I've been passing it for quite awhile. This is me being done.
I'm gonna take a week and do tourist stuff, I think. And then, if I have not made some kind of miraculous saving throw on my sanity check, I think I may haul off and go back to Raleigh. It's a little embarassing--it smells like failure--but I have reached my limit--this is too much, too soon, too huge, too far afield. God help me, I am as tough as they come, but I just don't think I can do this now.
It's been the longest year of my life, and very nearly the worst. And I kept on going, and I kept being strong. And I kept throwing myself into things, because I thought that strength was inexhaustible.
Live and learn, huh?