So all this makes it even harder to finally say, "I've had enough" and walk away. There seems even more to lose now.
As much as I think I owed it to myself to try and R, sometimes I wish I had followed my gut and walked away right at the start. It would have been easier and a cleaner break. Now, if I were to say I've had enough, there would be all that guilt over the amount of investment that has gone to waste. The time, the money, the personal and material resources; the support we've received from my parents (who know nothing about the A). I would feel so bad to have to tell them that the SIL that they think is so wonderful, who've they've treated like their own son, showered with gifts etc, is a liar and a cheat.
It's such a heavy burden.
The trouble is, the longer you spend trying to R, the harder it is to leave.
You can take solace in knowing you gave it your all, that there really is nothing more you can do, and when you walk away you will have no niggling "what if" doubts.
To live with regret, IMO, is about as bad as guilt.
Gently, the time, the money, the resources etc..., they are all rationalizations you are feeding yourself. Telling yourself these things, makes it possible for you stay.
I read your past posts.
You know what you need to do. Nothing will change, if you change nothing.
What do you want for your future? Do you see yourself spending it like this? Why are you assuming that if you leave, you will be unhappier? You may have less money, true, but will you be more unhappy and sad then you are right now?
Only you can answer this for yourself. ((Hugs)) I wish you peace, strength and courage.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Viktor Frankl
"When you are happy, you can forgive a great deal."
I edit, therefore I am.
Four years is way more than reasonable to see changes. If you haven't, you know what you have to do. Do it before you waste any more precious time.
In my case, attempting R made it easier for me to leave. I gave it everything I had trying to rebuild the M but at some point I realized I was the only one putting forth effot. Did that invalidate everything I did, not at all. In my mind it just meant that I left everything on the field so to speak. I could walk away and know I tried everything before filing. I still mourned the M and had some tough times after making the decision but it was the right one for me. The alternative was to remain in a broken M and not living my life to the fullest. The money, time, and energy I spent trying to R wasn't wasted at all. I learned alot about myself during that time both good and bad and came out stronger for it. I walked away with no regrets, no guilt, and knowing I did what I could. I know I couldn't change her so I changed me and moved on to live the life I choose to live.
[This message edited by 7yrsflushed at 8:43 AM, August 22nd (Thursday)]