If anyone else is working or has worked through this, what helped you? Any ideas on safe ways to begin to feel again?
"Diamonds aren't a girl's best friend, freedom is."
I took some trips to wild natural places, that really soothed me, but did I get excited? No.
I had two dates with a guy on OLD whose picture had me wildly excited for a couple of days until I met him and realized the picture was from years ago and the reality was nasty teeth and massive beer belly. That was disappointing. Have not dated since.
I moved five times in as many years, so that sort of excited me each time, new place, new perspectives. But mostly it was just a hassle.
I finally got excited about a trip overseas last year. I visited childhood haunts and friends and family I hadn't seen in aeons.
Then I moved again this year to the apartment of my dreams. Won a cash prize for my honours thesis, that made me dance around the room high-fiving myself. It was a moment.
But there haven't been any real highs/lows/heart-pounding exciting things that have happened.
I'm just getting on with life and enjoying the lack of drama, so I think this is the new normal.
[This message edited by FaithFool at 8:34 AM, October 22nd (Tuesday)]
Well you're technically only two years out. At two years I was definitely numb.
Doing stuff with my kids helps, doing some projects around the house helps and working out help me. I have decided I am not going to worry about whether I feel too much or too little. I will be okay with where I am and see how it goes from day to day. At some point I figure I will get back to "normal".
[This message edited by 7yrsflushed at 10:42 AM, October 22nd (Tuesday)]
Sometimes literally burying myself in things to do helps or getting dead tired helps create some sense of feeling.
One thing I feel too is very sad that holidays are coming. I don't want them.
I was thinking of posting a thread on this but have put so many lately. I've been through holidays before but feel so...insulted by life in general, while XPerv is out whooping it up with Fatty B.
I wonder if in order to let ourselves feel, we have to let ourselves trust? I find myself trying to go numb in hopes that I will find protection against all the evil and difficulty the world -XPerv -is thrusting on me. Perhaps there is some kind of solace in numbness because it fends off the pain, but is that living?
In order to "feel", we have to open ourselves up again and with that comes the chance of hurt.
You gave me nothing and now it's all I've got - Bono
A person is a person, no matter how small. -Dr. Suess
Perserverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.
For some, numbness passes quickly. For others, not so much. I'm in the latter camp.
My D was final in January of '11. But I separated in late '08. I have good times too, more now and for longer than before. Getting me back is still a ways off.
Her: WW/57 Me: BS/63 24yrs M
3 great kids, now 22, 20, 17 b,b,g
D-Day 8/14/08, D 1/13/11
So you need to grieve the past, and actively explore new/different activities that bring you joy.
Other things that helped me:
1. Gratitude Journal. Every night write down 3 (or more) things that were good about your day. That way your focus is on what you do have, as opposed to what you are grieving.
2. Identify WHAT you are grieving. This may be a long list -- and honestly, a bit fog-like and possibly dream/fantasy based.
*Unborn (future) children
*white picket fence
I found less and less was I grieving about him ... and more it was grief for fantasy future/happily ever after.
I found that it worked better if I did this two exercises separately (NOT both at bedtime!)
Come back and let us know what worked for you!
Here's hoping that TIME will pass, healing will occur and life will return to a new normal.