Why do I ever enter that forum, it makes me feel dirty and filthy all over again. Sorry for the pity party, I'm having a horrible week and I realize it's because classes are almost over and that means I am free to leave but something in me clenches, something brings tears to my eyes as I type this. I don't want to leave, I love him so much but it hurts every day to know the things we've done to each other. It hurts to know that we may never be able to be as truly happy as we had the opportunity for before.
"You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy anyplace." Ernie Banks
There must be a reason you go there, Find the reason(s) and you'll be closer to learning more about what you need to move further.
Or so it seems to me.
Why do I ever enter that forum
Unagie, when I trigger, the last place I need to go into is JFO. And well, half the threads in General. It does nothing for me other than throw salt into the already gaping wound. I already feel crap about myself or issues and I waltz into JFO and General vent threads and they back up what I feel.
That I'm trash. A slut. No good. I'll never change. Once a cheater, always a cheater. Hopeless cause. Terrible parent. Never to be trusted again. Shall I go on?
Are these things true? Well, 2 years ago they were very true. The work I have done since then has changed who I am. Would my children be disappointed in me? Probably so. I hurt their Dad very badly. However, the Mom they have today isn't the same girl that crawled in here in November of 2011.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it's similar to a recovering drug addict or alcoholic. They made the choices to do what they did. Some keep doing it. They stay addicted, ruining their families lives, abusing their loved ones, draining finances, trashing holidays, etc.
Some get into rehab and turn themselves around. They do the hard work. They go to the meetings, talk to their sponsors, get involved in their support group. They celebrate 500 days of sobriety. 1000 days, 1500 days, whatever. Every day of recovery is a celebration.
I'm positive that they struggle with the baggage of when they were still mired in their vices. But I don't think that any person that is working so hard as sobriety is going to sit on a park bench across the street from a bar and stare at the door. Talk about a temptation. If they sit there long enough and are not in a healthy mindset, they will eventually get up, walk in the door, and there goes sobriety.
Similarly, why would you go into forums where a BS is in fresh pain, releasing all the hurt and poison from their betrayal, and breathe it in, knowing that it's not going to improve your mindset? Are you taking in their anger and hate because maybe your WS/BS isn't giving it to you?
Maybe not the best analogy, but that's the best I got at this particular moment.
It hurts to know that we may never be able to be as truly happy as we had the opportunity for before.
[This message edited by Aubrie84 at 5:08 PM, May 11th (Saturday)]
Neithan its not so much about learning things its more I see a post and I click on it because it sounds similar to something I did and I hope to read about someone who did it right immediately. Who came clean and didn't continue with the TT and lies. It's foolish backsliding and I need to stop.
I hope to read about someone who did it right immediately.
There isn't a person on the planet that will get it right immediately the first time. If that was the case, there wouldn't be any WS or a need for SI. kwim?
Why do you contemplate paying for a tattoo but say you can't afford IC?
Because until you do the hard work, not self flagellation and then when someone calls you out you say "I guess I should take a break and stop posting for a while".
You get better when you change your current thought patterns, make healthy choices, make healthy sacrifices, set up and maintain healthy boundaries. How have you done any of those?
You are a different person, making different, healthy choices, working on yourself, finding your way. You are a wonderful person. It sounds like there is a lot of healing left to do, and that's totally understandable and normal. It takes time. The wounds itch as they scab and scar over, and there's a rollercoaster for WS too. Keep going forward, even though I know some days are extra hard. We're here for you...
Since you are very remorseful I can't see why you would feel 'dirty and filthy'. WS's who show remorse have an acceptable image on JFO, as well they should. Its the WS's who display cruelty and a lack of compassion who draw criticism.
Why do you contemplate paying for a tattoo but say you can't afford IC?
Because I am contemplating getting one drawn not saying I can afford one. I cannot afford IC that's just a fact. Fact #2 I need a new counselor, when I told her about my betrayed status I was told to look at the positives that it wasn't someone he knew for a long time. The self-flagellation has happened these past 2 weeks. When you called me out it was not you telling me to dig and work that made me say I should read and stop posting, it was the insinuation that I was looking for a pat on the back. I looked at that post over and over when I read that and kept seeing the same thing, me seeing a situation that disgusted me and sharing my viewpoint on it and how it made me feel. By sharing and getting other's opinions I can delve deeper and get my introspection. Once I read it and clarified it I continued posting and even in that post I stated why I said that comment and it wasn't about running away it was about getting to a healthier place before posting again.
I doubt people stop feeling same and disgust for what they did but I am not sitting here breaking down and wanting to give up again. I went into JFO and it opened a door one that I decided to share to gain more insight. Have I made sacrifices? Yes I have, have gladly made them and am currently thousands in debt from hospital visits looking for a better counselor, looking for help. I do not feel comfortable going to a student for help because I have been through 2 IC so far and neither were a good fit but no health insurance= not many options. I consider getting a tattoo eventually and looking for ideas does not mean I am going to run out and spend what little money I have left. I go dancing to get my mind away from the negative for awhile and because it is a cheap way to get away and haven't been in a couple weeks to save money.
I am going to school to get a degree to get my life back on track. I read, I post, I think and talk and if its not here I talk to healthy friends and family. I have cut off the majority of my friendships and relationships. I have stopped drinking and am trying with everything in me to figure out what my healthy outcome will be. My boundaries with others are firm and I have enforced them many times over. My boundaries with SO are the ones I am working on the most because they get blurred because while yes working on me is important it is my honest opinion that you must put work into your relationship with others at the same time.
Yes entering JFO was a mistake and I backslided and it was stupid. I needed some 2x4's and I thank people for them.
HL, your posts tend to hit nerves with me and that is not saying I want you to stop responding to me I appreciate the insight. Your questioning my boundaries, sacrifices, choices and thought patterns. I can say I've made healthy sacrifices, I am getting to a place where my thought patterns are healthier but I will stumble. Me talking about a tattoo is just that an idea, I know if I had the money for a tattoo or IC I'd go to counseling. I am doing side jobs to get more money to go back to counseling. My boundaries as I said with the majority are healthy and strong and getting stronger. My boundaries with SO are what I am working so hard on. My choices have for the most part been healthy, the only unhealthy ones are the ones that once again deal directly with how things are going between SO and I and that is a personal and internal battle I am trying to let go of the outcome of.
Thank you again for the responses.
I have read most of your threads & feel like I sort of know you.
A few minutes ago I just posted a thread about the “slut” who seduced my husband during Mother’s Day weekend, has never looked back, & is probably still gloating about her “conquest”.
I do not see you the same way that I see her.
You have a beautiful pure heart. All humans make mistakes. Your mistakes do not define you. You are looking at yours & trying to learn from them. You want to be” the best version of yourself.” You have a lot of courage & have been very brave. I take my hat off to you for that. In fact, you have taught me a little bit about bravery. You have already done a lot of hard work. You have a lot of love. Forgive yourself.
[This message edited by mchercheur at 9:13 PM, May 11th (Saturday)]
Why do you need the opinions of everyone on the board to tell you why you do something? I think that is where Hl is coming from in the validation dept. It isn't about validating you in the normal sense, it is about you coming on here with every decision or problem that you might have and rather than work it out yourself, you bring it here and tell everyone how you are feeling, then everyone tells you how awesome you are, how they wish their WS was like you and you have your ego kibbles for the day. You have been validated that you are doing the right thing, or what decision you need to make. How is this getting you to a place where you are becoming a strong enough person to make your own decisions without everyone telling you how awesome you are? It becomes a form of self soothing. You self flagellate here, everyone soothes you with kind words and then your good for a few days. This is a really bad place to be in. And not a healthy habit.
This was a trap that I recognized very early on when I came here unagie, and when I felt bad I purposely didn't post, I learned how to soothe me, instead of relying on others to do it. After all, isn't that what got us here?
I am not telling you to stop posting when you have a real problem that you need help and insight on, and support with. That is what everyone is here for. But did you even sit down with this problem and think about it, maybe journal, sit with it for a few days, pm a few members and ask for advice?
You can do what you want with what I am saying, and I am not trying to beat you over the head. I am trying to show you a pattern. I am trying to help you move forward out what seems to be a rut you are in. Learn how to be ok with the decisions that you make, where you are at, and what you are doing. I would like to see you in a place where you are self confident and happy.
Sometimes when I've been dealing with something solo is when I choose to share. I need to picture that stop sign before I hit submit and figure out if this is something I can deal with solo no matter how much time it is taking me to work through it. Sometimes it becomes so overwhelming that sharing helps me focus again.
Yes I have figured out why I did it to myself. It had to deal with the guilt I've been feeling as I come closer to the day I had my A. The memories have been replaying and its been rough and horrible and I allowed myself to get stuck because I allowed myself to get overwhelmed. I feel exhausted all the time and let my guard down and all the negativity came rushing back in. Top that off with some things going on irl and it was like trying to claw myself out of quicksand with how fast the negative pulled me in again. I will endeavor to be more self aware about what I post and why, trying to be a better me and make better choices.
You ask in your OP if certain people viewyou the same way that people are classified in JFO. You already know it to be not true. That is what I am talking about with asking for ego kibbles. Why do you need to know how people view you? How do you view you? Isn't that what is most important in this picture? At almost a year out, the picture you have in your head should be getting clearer, who are you? Are you that person? And if you aren't, does that opinion of others make or break you still? Are these the questions you are asking yourself?
[This message edited by tired girl at 3:15 PM, May 12th (Sunday)]
I know who I want to be and I know I am closer to being her then the person I was a year ago but change is no easy thing and while I am doing the work I have stumbled a lot the past few weeks. Its hitting me hard and I'm trying. I can't say much more then I am doing the work and I am trying. Defeat only comes if I give up. I have asked myself who I want to be. I ask myself everyday and make choices to be that person. Thank you again. You and HL pull no punches and I appreciate it.
I have asked myself who I want to be. I ask myself everyday and make choices to be that person.
This is all you can do. Make that choice every minute or every day, and you are that person.
I know who I want to be and I know I am closer to being her then the person I was a year ago but change is no easy thing and while I am doing the work I have stumbled a lot the past few weeks.
I am seeing that the 'old' me is still there, but I choose to be different. Old habits, coping skills, ways of being (no matter what they are) don;t just go away, I have to make choices in each moment to be the person I want to be.
Hang in there Unagie, I see so much progress in your post, it's inspiring to read.
Separated transitioning to D
I've found a great deal of insight in General, particularly from BSs who are a bit further down the road, but JFO is too raw.
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