I’m mildly snowed in, but I’ve got to go out soon to see some friends and do urgent food shopping. It has at least stopped snowing now. I haven’t really done anything all day except sleep and eat. I feel depressed and lacking in motivation. I did email the shadchanit for people with health issues. I will have to wait and see how that turns out.
I did manage to clean the flat. This doesn’t take very long in a flat this tiny, but it takes a lot of effort to get going, which could be depressive lack of motivation and energy, or autistic poor executive function or plain procrastination/laziness.
I texted my boss to check that college will be open tomorrow despite the snow. I had to ask, or else risk a long trip across London for no purpose, but I’m worried she will think I’m hoping to skive (again).
Added 8.45pm: I’m just back from dinner with some friends. I feel the Asperger’s and the social anxiety won out over me. My friends asked about my sister’s wedding and I was unable to answer the way they wanted. Things like the food, the decor and my sister’s dress don’t matter much to me and I didn’t really notice much or have the vocabulary to describe what I did notice. I was surprised that one (female) friend who has never shown much interest in fashion or the like before was suddenly desperate to find out what my sister’s dress looked like (it was white and had a long train and beyond that I neither know nor really care).
One of my other friends who was there recently got engaged and his fiancée came. I had not known of her existence until I heard they were engaged a few weeks ago, but apparently they have been together for three years. You may guess from this that most (all?) of my friendships are not close. I can’t go to the wedding because it’s in another city in term time and I won’t be able to get the time off work, but I didn’t say anything because I’m too embarrassed and ashamed, although I don’t know why. Maybe because part of me is secretly glad not to have to go to another party.
I tried to make a good impression on his fiancée, but found myself unable to say much; when she tried to engage me in conversation directly, I was unable to say anything other than “yes” and “no,” although I wanted to be more communicative. My friend pointed out that I was wearing my college scarf (we were at the same Oxford college) and she asked if I’ve ever been back. I said yes and she asked if I enjoyed going back; I didn’t like to say that I felt terrible when I went back because all I could think of were the places where I was lonely, the places where I was despairing, the places where I was suicidal… Then I had to run off to catch my bus to avoid waiting in the cold for twenty minutes, which was probably rude. So she probably thinks I’m a freak (she would be correct).
I’m glad that my friend has got engaged, but I feel secretly envious that he has a pretty, friendly and intelligent fiancée and I’m a freak who will be lonely forever. I also felt envious that everyone at the table had a good job, whereas I’m a “poor devil of a sub-sub-librarian”. That said, I wouldn’t want to be a property or tax lawyer, but I did envy the doctor and the academic. I don’t even work full-time.
The score from the weekend: Luftmentsch 1, depression 1, social anxiety 1, Asperger’s 1. So Luftmentsch 1, mental health and developmental disorders 3. And that’s probably being generous to myself.
(I wonder if this bad mood is entirely from feeling I did badly from a socialising point of view or whether the rich chocolate mousse-meringue-cake I had for dessert has led me to have a blood sugar crash? I always crash when I eat out with friends or family and I always assumed it was from feeling lonely and incompetent (I worry about saying the wrong thing at the meal, eating with people reminds me how rarely I see friends, and seeing couples out makes me feel painfully single), but maybe it’s a blood sugar thing. In which case I will have to cut back on one of my few pleasant luxuries, the occasional piggy chocolate dessert. Blast.)