Which forum do you find the most helpful?
It changes from day to day but I mostly post in NB.
BS, why are you here in Wayward?
I'm never here. Your topic title caught my attention.
If this is a website for healing and recovery and overcoming our fucked-up-ed-ness, what's with the Fun And Games and Off Topic forums?
F&G showed me that it was okay to still laugh once in a while despite what I've been through. I'm so glad it's there. Laughter is like medicine.
I go to OT because people here are my friends. I've been here for years and sometimes, just like IRL, you want the opinion of the people around you that know you best. SI people know me better than people IRL.
I am a BH. I find some very helpful responses from WS. They wield some fairly healthy 2X4. I find the understanding of the psychology so helpful from those who have really worked on their issues. I also find the advice they provide about working with the process of helping their BS very beneficial for me.
I haven't been to any other forum than the ones I mentioned above. I spend so much time reading here that I cannot look at anything else. Perhaps someday I will be where Myname is but I am not there now.
I wish I had found SI when I first started suspecting adultery back in 2002. I would have done so many things differently. I feel like I did just about everything wrong. The JFO and Wayward and the threads resulting from the initial question are so valuable.
I do like the OT forum just because it can be about anything and some of the topics are interesting. I think its a good way to make connections with other people where the BS or WS labels dont matter as much.
I can't really say which forum is most helpful, because it depends on where I am at, so to speak. If I'm in pain or angry and need to vent, General is where I need to be. When things are really, really good and I want to share, or when things are sticky and I need advice, then Reconciliation is the place. I come to Wayward because it gives me so much hope when I see new waywards, who are either full of justification and fog, or full of regret and disbelief that they have done something so awful and then watch their transformation as they ask questions, seek advice and work to make themselves better, safer people to be with. Every now and then, I feel like I have something to offer and will answer on a thread. There are several posters who were incredibly helpful during my H's early days posting here, and it's a way I feel I can "give back" a little.
I read in D/S and in NB because many of the posters that I got to know in General and Recon have moved into those forums and I like to keep up with them. Also, my 1st M ended in D due to infidelity, and I remember a lot of the feelings and issues there, so feel I can offer some support/help from time to time.
And OT and F&G are awesome, because as time goes by, you realize that your life is more than just this shitstorm that brought us all to this specific website. And it's a really great community. It's cool to have a place that I can bring some really deep and personal prayer requests in a somewhat anonymous forum and know that people care and will pray/offer support and good thoughts. Or to ask off the wall questions that might bring strange looks or pity from your IRL friends/coworkers/family if you asked them. (The TMI threads definitely come to mind here.)
And Stupid Picture Friday is one of the best things about Friday in my life. (I would have said THE best, but y'all might think I was pathetic."
Which forum do you find the most helpful?
I consider the Wayward Forum "home base". I always start browsing here. I think this protected forum is what makes SI so unique. I honestly do not think I would be where I am today without it. I do venture into Recon and I Can Relate as well. I am a habitual lurker on the Menz thread (sorry guys). But I think hearing it straight is pretty useful in the healing process. I also occasionally will post in the BS questions for WS's.
Honestly, where I go depends on what is happening on the boards overall. I don't always have a lot of time to post what I want so I look for things that grab me in that moment.
When it comes to Fun and Games? I just started venturing over there around the past year, give or take. It's that Forum that is responsible for the G2G's. One of the most amazing experiences and I recommend it for any member! There is a certain comfort in hanging out with people that truly understand what you have been through. F&G is well, fun and I am glad I am in a place to finally enjoy all those that hang out over there!
What do you find most useful Neznayou?
F&G and OT are great because they offer an opportunity to talk and have fun with some of the most amazing people I know. My life is more than infidelity.
Chin up. Unwavering. Fight. I can do this.
BS, why are you here in Wayward?
I VERY rearly post in Wayward, but I read a LOT. It gives me hope. I know everyone has the capacity to cheat (my opinion) That means if I ever get into another relationship, there is a chance I'll find myself going down this road again. Wayward side gives me hope that some people DO get it, and change. I don't think I'd ever be able to get into another relationship if I didn't believe that.
Me - 36 BS
Him - doesn't matter
I wish I could post more in JFO and the stop signs here but my MH status prevents me. That's ok, I am learning a lot and hopefully paying it forward
I have been here a long time. I feel like I have a PHD in this stuff. now if I could just follow my own advice.
I occasionally veer off into F and G and Off Topic. I do post in books because that's what I do for a living.
me (WW/BS): 48
4 kiddos in mid 20's
“Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.”
I have started looking at some topics in Wayward because I find the thoughts and perspectives of WS to be insightful in understanding things that my husband has a difficult time - or isn't quite able to yet - articulating.
For me, obviously the wayward forum is home base, but I'll look in the other forums as well. I guess it's self-flagellation of sorts, i.e. I deserve to read about the raw pain of others because they suffer as much as my BW. She could be treating me a lot worse than she has, and for that I'm grateful and humble.
I'll go into reconciliation to (hopefully) read about positive stories of success. I'll go into D/S so I can see what those folks are going through where it didn't work out, since I'm trying to expect the worst while hoping for the best.
Once, I wanted to reply to something in JFO because I understood exactly what they were talking about in regards to their situation and their WS and then I didn't because I realized what forum I was in.
I haven't been posting much lately because I realize that it takes time to read and reply to people and I want to make sure the newbies get the attention they need. My problems are nothing compared to what some folks have gone through.
There's some very specific and highly useful threads in "I can relate" so I've been exploring those randomly as well lately.
I haven't participated in the fun and games and off topic stuff (yet). I feel like there's already lots of established friendships and stuff here. And I can't imagine meeting any of you in person. I mean, in theory, we have our infidelities in common, but how embarrassing that would be, considering the things I've admitted to here in open forum :) I'd be mortified. I doubt BW would condone or agree to any such meetups anyway for us. Yikes.
I am a habitual lurker on the Menz thread (sorry guys).
"Now I know that's contradiction, wants and needs in competition/But it's hard to stay on point with such extremes in opposition."
Me too! It's been one of the most helpful threads for me.
I read there for three reasons; firstly, in the beginning the posts by those guys really helped me to get it. My husband doesn't talk much and it's good to get some insight into what he's going through from a male perspective. Secondly, despite their pain they're pretty funny and thirdly, Losfer posts pictures of Koda in there and those photos always brighten up my day.
Why do I post in/read WS? Because the biggest question I (and almost every other BS) have is 'Why?'. I'm not going to learn that in JFO or general - but I learn a lot in WS.
I kind of avoid General, but get sucked in sometimes. It is too negative for me. I need a positive ending right now!
I'll cruise other places when the SI "itch" hasn't been scratched, but always know that I might get triggered.
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Thank Jesus for OT and F&G. People here helped me figure out what type of plates I had and what glasses matched. (They were antique) They helped me get stains out of some heirloom pieces. They've given me tips on hair removal, martial arts, and TR posts some wicked APOD photos every now and then.
F&G may seem inappropriate when your eyeballs deep in Dday fallout. But as you heal, F&G is a nice place to kick back and chill. I've had the honor and pleasure of going to a couple g2gs and met some of the members here. Wouldn't have happened without F&G. These folks are lifetime friends.
SI as a whole is pretty awesome.