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User Topic: Its my birthday today!
blakesteele
♂ 38044
Member # 38044
Default  Posted: 6:36 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

...and I wanted to post that I am sad. I feel like a little boy that needs a hug. Yes, this post is me looking for attention.

In the past I would seek out unhealthy means to feel better....starting with denying that I felt sad in the first place.

About this time last year I chose to turn away from porn....to sit with my feelings, to examine them, to expose as much of the roots of motivations within me as I could.

It has been time and energy well spent. It has come at a cost....I look and feel much older than I am, I still spontaneously cry, anger is much less part of me...and I kind of miss it as it did make me feel better but it, like porn, was a temporary band aid that prohibited real, permanent growth to occur.

But the price of NOT doing this would have been much greater. My M would have limped along at best, my family would not have reached the potential I see for it, and I would have remained blind to feelings that needed healed.

I have always been an out-going, life of the party, funny guy....still enjoy being that guy. But I see a new part of me coming into the light. A guy that desires real connection...both with himself and those I choose to interact with.

I see real value in honest fellowship......both virtually here on SI and in real life with my wife and a very close friend.

Thank you for the support and comfort you have regularly provided me.


God be with us all.

[This message edited by blakesteele at 6:39 AM, February 11th (Tuesday)]


ME: 42 BH, I don't PM female members
SHE: 38 EA
Married: 15 years
Together: 17 years
D/Day 9-10-12
NC: 10-25-12
NC: Broken early November 2012, OM not respond
2 girls; 7 and 10
Fear is payments on debts you have not yet incurred.

Posts: 5788 | Registered: Jan 2013 | From: Central Missouri
MrsDoubtfire
♀ 24786
Member # 24786
Default  Posted: 6:46 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


Happy Birthday and enjoy this sinless cake

I hope your WW comes up trumps and you have a great day.


BS(Me) FWH(Him) DDay 05.09
A went underground. True R 02.10
I won't let another woman reap the benefit of enjoying the man my H has now becomeć

Posts: 1622 | Registered: Jul 2009
olwen
♀ 39759
Member # 39759
Default  Posted: 6:58 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy birthday! Hope you have a good day.

It's my 36th tomorrow so nearly birthday buddies lol

[This message edited by olwen at 7:44 AM, February 11th (Tuesday)]


Posts: 1067 | Registered: Jul 2013
Crushed15Feb13
♂ 38846
Member # 38846
Default  Posted: 6:58 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy Birthday, Blakesteele!

And many happy returns of the day!


Me: BH, 56
Her: WW, 56 5+ yr LTA
Married 34 yrs, 2 DS
DDay #1: 15Feb13 - OBS phone call
DDay #2: 27Jan14 - TT, length of affair 1.5 yrs longer than admitted.
Trying to understand

Posts: 362 | Registered: Mar 2013 | From: Colorado
deena04
♀ 41741
Member # 41741
Default  Posted: 7:02 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy birthday! Mine was yesterday and I felt sad most of the day, so I hear you on that. Enjoy your day and many more!!


Me FBS around 40
Him FWS early 40s (lovemywife4ever)
He cheated before M, forgot to tell me
"Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last" - MLK Jr

Posts: 2164 | Registered: Dec 2013
byefornow
♀ 41992
Member # 41992
Default  Posted: 7:26 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy birthday! I hope the year ahead holds many blessings for you!


BW- me
WH - him
married over 25 years

Posts: 98 | Registered: Jan 2014 | From: USA
1owner
♂ 41157
Member # 41157
Default  Posted: 7:28 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy birthday Blakesteele!!!

Your posts are always very insightful and I enjoy reading them.

I know what you mean about looking and feeling older, this infidelity crap does take it's toll, that's for sure.

Happy birthday and many happy returns!


Posts: 415 | Registered: Oct 2013 | From: Southeast
bionicgal
♀ 39803
Member # 39803
Default  Posted: 7:30 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have always been an out-going, life of the party, funny guy....still enjoy being that guy. But I see a new part of me coming into the light. A guy that desires real connection...both with himself and those I choose to interact with.

I admire you BS. And, here is a virtual hug ((Blakesteele)).

What a great b-day present to yourself. How lucky are you that at the (young) age of 40-something-ish, you were able to figure out what many spend a life searching for? Living an authentic life. . . that is a gift. It is a gift to know it is possible, and to strive for it. It is a gift to be self-reflective and aware.

I recently celebrated a birthday too, and it was bittersweet. I am both better, and more hurt than I have ever been. I think this is the year (or two, or five) that I am most fully living the human condition in all of its flavors. We don't get these opportunities that often: to have a crisis that rocks us to the core. I have already lost a parent, and I have actually learned far more from this.

I am grateful to be alive, and looking forward to more ups than downs in the future. Hoping for the same for you as well.


me - BS (45) - DDay - June 2013
A was 2+ months, EA/PA
In MC & Reconciling
"Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point to move forward." -- C.S. Lewis.

Posts: 3511 | Registered: Jul 2013 | From: USA
Sadmumma
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Member # 42192
Default  Posted: 7:31 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy birthday. Hope it's a great one


On any given day you have the power to say "my story is not going to end like this"
Me 41 BS
Him 41 WH
6 kids...7 weeks, 5,7,9,11&13
D day jan 29th 2014

Posts: 536 | Registered: Jan 2014 | From: Land down under
ItsaClimb
♀ 37107
Member # 37107
Default  Posted: 7:55 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy Birthday {{Blakesteele}}

You're such an inspiration to me. Hope your sadness lifts and you can enjoy your day to the full.


BS 49
Together 32 yrs, M 28 years
2 daughters 27yo(married with 2 children) & 21yo
D-Day 18 Aug 2012
6mth EA lead to 4mth PA with CO-W. I found out 8 1/2 yrs later

Posts: 1310 | Registered: Oct 2012
creativecat
♀ 41728
Member # 41728
Default  Posted: 7:55 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy Birthday, blakesteele! You deserve tons of attention!

I send you the gift of gratitude, for all the wisdom you have posted on here.

God's blessings to you today and always!


Posts: 89 | Registered: Dec 2013
openedupmyeyes
♀ 27871
Member # 27871
Cool  Posted: 7:58 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy Birthday!


Me:55 BS
Him:55 FWH Trying to make me a believer?
Years married:37
:03-01-10: The day I learned the truth
Kids:Daughters 4 all grown and married.
Reconciliation is hard.
Really freakin' hard.

Posts: 770 | Registered: Mar 2010 | From: The Great State of Texas
petite71
♀ 36475
Member # 36475
Content  Posted: 8:01 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy Birthday!!


1st DD 03/24/2012 2nd DD 07/13/2012 TT A. in 2002 same girl when we were dating.
Status:Getting Stronger...we can get through this & are healing together
BS(me):41
WS(Husband):40
LTA 10 yrs EA/PA 9 times. friends with benefits.
Us..Together 12 yr

Posts: 126 | Registered: Aug 2012 | From: USA
StillStanding1
♀ 40144
Member # 40144
Default  Posted: 8:14 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy Birthday!!!!! I hope the sadness will dispel and that you can find joy in the littlest things. I always enjoy your posts and keep you in my prayers as we all weather this journey.


Me: 49 BS, Him: 51 WH
M 23 yrs - DD21 DS19 DS16
LTA = 2+ yrs, Dday = 2/10/13, S for 1 year, now Reconciling

Posts: 1465 | Registered: Aug 2013 | From: MidWest
stunnedin12
♀ 38141
Member # 38141
Default  Posted: 8:15 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy Birthday!


ME - Betrayed Spouse
Him - Wayward spouse

Lawyers involved.



Posts: 689 | Registered: Jan 2013
PinkJeepLady
♀ 37575
Member # 37575
Default  Posted: 8:34 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Congrats on giving up porn! I appreciate you standing up against it.

Hey, the day isn't over yet.......you never know what might happen! I hope at the end of the day you look back and can say it was a Happy Birthday! Hang in there!


Me: BW Him: FWH in our 50's
DDay June 1st 2012
cheated with prostitutes overseas
R-ing

Posts: 700 | Registered: Nov 2012 | From: Out West
lordhasaplan?
♂ 30079
Member # 30079
Default  Posted: 8:36 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy Birthday!


BS- Me (43)
D-day: 5/18/10, lies and TT till (11/26/10).
Currently in R.
Don't carry others crap. It's your job to fix yourself, not your spouse.

Posts: 2070 | Registered: Nov 2010
Loadsofchocolate
♀ 40708
Member # 40708
Default  Posted: 8:37 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy Birthday blakesteele hope you have a great day!!


Dday1 - 2013 admits EA
Dday2 - Dday5 (end 2013) breaks NC 4 times admits PA
Dday6 - November 2014 breaks NC
Dday7 - 2014 EA with COW
Dday8 - 4/2016 discover 2yr EA from 2009-2011
Dday9 - 8/2016 discover cheating from 18 years ago

Posts: 70 | Registered: Sep 2013
SoVerySadNow
♀ 36711
Member # 36711
Default  Posted: 9:16 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Have the happiest of birthdays!
I think I remember you and your wife had the weekend away at Retrouvaille- what a wonderful rebirth there too.
Enjoy your day with your family.


Me:BW
Him:WH
D-day(s),after years of TT and Gaslighting was Labor Day Weekend 2012, continuing for a week after. *Dammit! More TT 3/9/13
Really trending toward D- planning about it is my "happy place" now.

Posts: 1292 | Registered: Sep 2012 | From: Sunny Florida
MovingUpward
♂ 14866
Member # 14866
Default  Posted: 9:18 AM, February 11th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Happy Birthday!

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