And it almost feels safer being her because she wasn't cheated on
By safe does that mean you feel she had control over a situation you did not and the real issue is that you're afraid of being stuck in another situation where you lack information on and by extension control over events?
Speculation in the form of a question, sorry.
[This message edited by StillGoing at 10:04 AM, September 26th (Thursday)]
What am I doing?
What they had was not real. They didn't go out amongst friends with couples night and amongst family activities. It was hidden where noone else could see they were ashamed.
I would never want to be that person. I see that person in my BGF and she just lies and lies so much she isn't the same person I knew before and it saddens me.
Be the best you can be. Lose weight exercise so it makes YOU feel good. We can't control our spouses but we can control how we think and what WE do for ourselves.
Don't ever want to be like the OW ever! As a matter of fact I am just the opposite of both and love myself for it! I am warm loving and nurturing. I deeply care about other people and could NEVER hurt someone in the manner they did! I know in the looks department I am 200 x better there sooo. Again their cheating is on them. Don't let it change the beautiful YOU!
And of course no I don't want his broken. His broken was what was emotionally abusing me for many years.
This is why it feels to me like the thoughts of A's being fake doesn't comfort me. If he was broken at the time (and I'm not convinced he was), I'm the one who got his *broken*, his cruel words and harshness. Meanwhile they got his happy self, they didn't get the unkind words or treatment. They got him at his best, not his worst. And, at least, in my H's case, I think they did get his true self. Realized too late that he has no moral problems with what he did. That's the difference. Someone who is remorseful, who doesn't feel infidelity is a value of theirs, then yes, the AP might have gotten them at their worst because they were contradicting their own values. But my H? His values were in line with having "game". Wish I'd known sooner.
DDay - June 2013, A was 2+ months, EA/then PA
In MC & Reconciling
I edit, therefore I am.
I thought running might help, so I went through the whole Couch to 5K program and lost not one ounce. :(
[This message edited by brokendancer7 at 2:27 PM, September 26th (Thursday)]
Latest DD - April 2013, PA
Being very, very careful
D-day 14 June 2013
I'm smart, good looking and gosh darn it, people like me!
I want no part of what she got of my H. She got the absolute broken parts of him. She can have that, what I want now is what he is working on, the parts he is working on to make better. I have zero desire to ever be the person that allowed me to take so callously with no regard for myself or my H again.
There is no specialness or goodness in what happened, only brokenness.
I agree with tired girl. There is no way I would have wanted that side. At least I had the best side of him for many years.
I can see how eerily similar MOW and WH were as far as their lack of empathy and inability to take responsibility for their wrongdoings. They were a perfect match for dysfunction.
How he treated her in her moments of need was not how he ever treated me.
I can relate to this because my WH showed MOW more sympathy than me after his A ended.
Early in our R and M I had seen the kind of moments you are referring to, but during and after the A not so much. I am not sure why this changes. My WH is just now starting to feel sympathy for me but I honestly don't need it anymore because when I did need it from him it wasn't there. I found sympathy from my friends and family. I healed myself on my own in therapy.
One thing that was hard was when word got out about her, people wanted to see what she looked like and then it was immediate that they compared her to me! Friends did this from long ago, people asked her name, wanted to google, to fb search and so on...it was awful.
Ironically X also made comparisons to myself and to DD about the "new family" he had entwined himself with and abandoned us for and had the need, after false R, to tell me. He said too, things that were not in her favor, but a counselor said that often people look for faults to help blame others.
Sorry to speak of my situation on your thread and I hope that in time, you'll think of the OW less.
What helped me, FWIW, was the realization that the more I thought of "it", the more importance it took on and I was horrified at that.
A counselor told me that in some sense, I did have control over that part, because I have control over myself. And Ow didn't get the better part of X, or his money, even when he retires, or if he dies, the benefits come here...she "gets" the person, his problems, his crap, his attitude...we "get" his benefits, some money ...and peace.
The counselor said also, it's what will be tolerated in some places and not others.
The only thing that stays the same, is change. -M. Etheridge
Thank you all for your words. They make me feel like I'm on the right track.
As important as the Wayward Side is for my growth, understanding and recovery, I find Reconciliation to be the place where I can see BS's and WS's hoping to...or even better actually achieving...a rebirth together in the face of very long odds.
Seeing the examples here of that hope, perseverance, trust, and love...very powerful and touching to this wayward's healing heart. VERY!