It has been 10 years since my life was turned upside down and I lost the person I use to be. It is not like life didn't go on and I haven't accomplished a lot of things. Losing the life you thought you were going to have is hard to get over. It took 13 years to create that life and for me to feel like I could actually trust that the relationship would last.
Merging with another person is a gradual at least on an emotional basis years of interaction. I have to admit there was a lot unsaid. When you live with another person for that long time you tend to take for granted that you know what the person is thinking especially when there isn't any visible conflict.
In my case it wasn't from lack of trying and for many years I was mining for feedback. Hoping for one nugget of actual honesty or emotion would show itself. I eventually gave up because this need for truth was interpreted as emotional assaults and I never wanted to be the person that hurt someone like that so I retreated.
I got my emotional eruption when I was told "I don't love you anymore and I am in love with someone else". Ironically almost the same words my husband said to me when he left.
In the past this is where I got stuck thinking I should have been different. If only I had been more something I wouldn't have suffered so much. Someone once told me my picker is broken. I don't really believe that. You pick the person right for you where you are in that moment. Sometimes you grow and change together and sometimes you don't.
February is a month of anniversaries and birthdays linked to people I don't know anymore. My mother also died the day after Valentines. Together these things make me at least think about my life and my choices. I don't really feel any deep regrets and I probably wouldn't change much about my life experience.
The above statement isn't true. I would change a lot about the past but mostly about myself. The person I am today would not accept the lack emotional intimacy that my younger self accepted. I gave willing until there was nothing left hoping for just a little emotional consideration. I was loved and treated well but never let in and therefore I felt alone. They were both shut down and so was I to a point this was why we were a good match at the time.
I heard yesterday from a speaker. Those who are spiritual seekers get left because we are always trying to be better and we are never enough for ourselves and this is reflected back to us as never being enough for someone else.
I know that sound harsh but there is truth in that statement. I have spent 10 years getting to know and love the person that I am today. Forgiving myself for being human and for once in my life not sweeping the trauma I was feeling under the carpet. I looked at all that I was and saw how I had done best and what has happen to me is just life.
Today I maybe alone but I feel whole and happy. The love I have for myself isn't dependant on whether other people love me. I don't intend to be alone forever and I now feel strong enough to just live and be happy without judging myself and my progress. I have gathered the best parts of myself and I am making plans. I am no longer afraid to be who I am.