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sweetangelbroken posted 3/2/2014 20:50 PM

Bad idea? I know that reconciliation is not an option. The rejection stings. I don't want a revenge affair. We are separated and heading to divorce. I just really want to feel pretty and desirable I know I am way to raw for any kind of relationship. But would meeting for coffee in the afternoon or a glass of wine in the evening be horrible?

TrustedHer posted 3/2/2014 21:00 PM

Are you aware you posted this in JFO?

Yes, it's a bad idea.

There's a sequence to these things.

Realization that R is not an options.
Deciding to divorce.
Seperating.
Filing for divorce.
Arranging a division of property and child custody.
Divorce being finalized.

Mixed in with that is IC, healing, introspection, getting comfortable with yourself, working on any issues you might have, more healing.

Dating can come in there somewhere. Some SIers will say only after the D is final.

I say only after you've seperated, filed for D, and done a great deal of healing.

Broken attracts broken. If you date too soon, for your own comfort, you're using another person as a way to relieve your own pain, rather than dealing with it.

No one likes to be used.

The only way through this, is through it.

persevere posted 3/2/2014 21:09 PM

If you are early in the process I would definitely advise you to wait. Give yourself time to feel good about yourself on your own terms, not in correlation with a stranger's validation. Additionally, if you date way too early you risk hurting an innocent bystander who was simply interested in you, but you weren't ready for what dating involves.

And, I agree with TH - the only way to deal with the pain and heal is THROUGH. ((Hugs))

Merlin posted 3/2/2014 21:24 PM

I dated soon into my separation. There is good and bad in it.

I have always enjoyed the company of women and saw no need to hold back from it after I separated. Like you, reconciliation was not going to happen.

Be cautious with your heart and the hearts of others. It's likely that you're 'rusty' in the going out department. It's fairly strange at the beginning. But if you are honest with yourself and those you 'see', enjoy.

sweetangelbroken posted 3/2/2014 21:26 PM

Ok. I knew it was a bad idea.

norabird posted 3/2/2014 21:28 PM

You can go on friend dates, and to meetup groups; those are great sources of appropriate validation. But don't try for romance now. It is appealing as a distraction--and I so can't wait to be healed enough to move on, personally! But right now only certain types of distraction are healthy. A favorite movie, or a vacation just for you, or a shopping trip....anything to restore who you are. And then once you feel centered and whole again you can look for someone else centered and whole.

sweetangelbroken posted 3/2/2014 21:37 PM

Ok so calling it dating might have been misleading. I have not, in 33 years of marriage ever had a conversation with another man that I wasn't very clear that I was married. I was asking if it was ok to have a cup of coffee. I would be clear with myself and my coffee partner that I was not ready for a relationship

burnedcanuckEMS posted 3/2/2014 21:51 PM

I think a cup of coffee is fine, probably a good idea even just to get out and connect with friends. It might help you along in your process to have a good ear to lean on. That said, be clear that is all it is.

Dating on the other hand, even casually, I would suggest to approach with caution. I jumped head first into dating and I can tell you it was way too soon. I was so raw, and only 3 weeks post D-day I met someone. I thought it was the best thing ever at the time, he was a good looking Italian guy and he was interested in me! What better a way to fix my broken self-esteem right? Wrong!! It started as FWB, but my neediness caused things to progress to a much more serious level, more serious than I was ready for. Within months I was totally in love and pretty much worshipped the ground he walked on, totally ignoring all warning signs that things were very wrong in our "relationship'. Long story short, I found out after 7 months of dating that the man I was seeing was married to someone overseas and he was actively trying to bring her to our country!!

That was almost enough to crush me. It was to much too soon and he took advantage of my neediness and vulnerability. In any case after his experience I decided to focus on myself. Next month it will be a year since our break up and I haven't dated anyone. No sex. Nothing. And you know what? I am starting to feel really happy and good about myself. I have done a lot of travelling this year on my own and met some great new friends. I feel super independent and satisfied with my life. I no longer look at it as being a 40 year old "old maid". I am learning what I like and don't like and figuring out ways to be happy without a crutch (aka a man). I finally feel like I could be ready to date and have proper boundaries. I have had a few guys ask me out, but if I see a red flag I can say politely "no thank you" or "I would rather be friends" than just jump into dating someone that isn't good for me. I know when its the right time the right fella will come along and until then I am happy being me.

I really didn't believe a year ago that it would take this long to heal. Now I think the best thing I did for myself was implement my self-imposed celibacy after that disasterous relationship.

Nomorestrength posted 3/2/2014 22:29 PM

Ditto what was said above.

This could make your divorce more difficult as well. My attorney strongly advises against this in the paperwork she gave me.

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