First of all, I want to mention something (rather someone) quite good in my life right now. I am dating a totally awesome woman who is absolutely fantastic, wonderful to talk with and to be with and provides me true support when I need it most. We actually talk with each other. Good, fun stuff and difficult, deep discussions too. I've never had a relationship with someone I can connect with as well as I do now. On real stuff Ė kids, each other, religion, FOO, values, interests.
Today is the 2nd anti-versary of the day that I confronted XWW about her A. D-Day was 2 days ago and quite honestly I hardly registered it. But over the past year basically everything that is not related to GF generally sucked.
I had my surgery last October for BPH. The timing being right around D-Day plus my fear of how it would potentially decrease my quality of life really drove me down a bunch.
DS20 was arrested for pot possession (misdemeaner) in November. Bailed him out. Went to court and pled no contest.
Two days after being sentenced to probation he gets stopped and arrested for possession with intent to sell (felony) plus two weapons charges (pocket knife plus sheathed knife in the car - felonies). Made him sit in jail for a couple of weeks but eventually got him out.
Then he gets arrested a few months later for passing bad checks (This actually happened over a year earlier and finally caught up with him). This one is partly my fault because I spoke to the bank and was trying to make good on the debt for the kid but I didn't get the money to the bank before the charges were passed and the cops showed up at the door.
Had a major blow-up with DSS18 when he attacked DD22 for not having her driverís license and needing a ride to work. Karma being the bitch she is paid a nice visit when he needed a ride to school from DD because his car was not functional. She pointed out the irony of him needing a ride from her after the way he acted towards her. He did apologize.
Helped DSS(yes the same one) get his car running, told xWW that I couldn't afford all that I paid for him and asked to split to cost 60:40 with me taking on the 60% - she said no.
DSS22 found out his W was cheating on him. She gave him a choice - he could accept her having a BF who takes her on vacations all around the world or he can leave. He left. xDIL tells her OM that he can have the family he always wanted ready to go. DSS22 says no way - that's MY kid! But he worked for her father who made sure he was travelling 5 days a week so when they finally went to court for the D they had documentation on how the baby was always with the mother (lie - he was with the grandparents) and how DSS was always traveling for work. He loses the custody battle. Gets his son for one full week each month (at least until school starts - don't know what will happen after that). Now he is with a really sweet girl he knew in HS but he never really dealt with the A or his issues in his M. He just cried it out then moved on, so I worry that it will all come back to bite him some day.
Then my PSA tests come back high - doc does other tests, they come back high also. Get biopsy with double the number of cores taken out. No cancer, just a pain in the ass - literally.
That's good news.
XWW says she wants more money Ė see earlier posts. I say no so now the full bitch is out. She reeks of attitude when I try to talk about the kids and school issues. I really do not need her BS and drama.
Then when all that settles down, I have my mid year review. Boss tells me I'm essentially on borrowed time. Suggests "as a friend" that I start looking for work elsewhere. That I have a few months left and he is not sure if I can recover. IMO Part of it is because of perceptions, part because of the hole I dug myself when I was in the BS fog 2 years ago and just lost all my drive. And a lot of it (I am certain) is office politics. I don't want to go into details but the short of it is that a pain in the ass and I don't see eye to eye and my boss and his boss are pushing me out while all of their peers have given me a lot of positive feedback. Unfortunately I found out Thursday that the head of the department only knows about the negative because those people are the most vocal.
I am really looking into starting my own consulting company. One potential client is very interested in working with me to help him get his plant in China running well. Iím finding some other opportunities that I can go after too but quite frankly, Iím skittish. Iíve been beaten up so much that Iím almost afraid to try. Insurance was scaring me but the numbers donít look too frightening as long as I can keep a steady income.
Iíve tried to get myself running a few times a week. I set a goal to be ready to do a 10 miler in Atlanta by the end of the month but I keep missing chances to train or I am too tired.
How do I pull myself out of this funk Iím in? Some days I can feel the pressure and I catch myself but other days I just feel like giving up. Sometimes I resent the fact that I have so many people counting on me that I cannot give up. It really sucks to be the responsible one.
I know this will pass. Maybe itís related to going through A season exacerbated by the work crap. IDK. I just know that I am tired.
Sorry this is so long. If anyone has read through the entire thing Ė thanks.
"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." - Aubrie
She's wanting more money, throws on the bitch hat time and time again when I say no. Entitlement issues coming out of the ying-yang.
Car problems = my problem even though she put on 180,000 KM on the vehicle, many MANY affair KM's, but the repairs are all on me because my name is on the lease. Barely a pot to piss in these days financially, so I'm driving around in a car that is in desperate need of repair, but can't afford the repairs so I cross my fingers that something dreadful doesn't happen while I'm driving it.
I relate to the work thing as well, this whole A shit really drains you and affects productivity at work. Luckily, I am working my way back up to normal, but it's been a long process.
On the bright side, you are not facing a cold, snowy winter like I am.
Five simple rules of happiness:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
I hear you on the entitlement She told me she expected to profit off the M. As if I owed her.
The car situation sucks. Sorry about that man. When can you get out from under that lease?
I got an old (1999) Mercury when I wreck my truck when I was in the fog. I hate it because I associate it with the A but DS20 loves it so he gets to drive it and I got myself something a little newer and more what I want to drive.
The job thing though. I hear you. I was in the same boat and got lucky when the job I have now opened up. It has helped A LOT. So much so that I don't think I'd be as healed as I am (which isn't frankly saying much lol) without it.
So, my advice to you is to accept this challenge and run with it. I think it would be good for you. Be glad you got enough forewarning that you *can* do something about it.
You are a great guy! Smart, Devoted Parent, Outgoing, etc.
Our dinner was awesome..
I heard those biopsies hurt like crazy. You truly are GAHurts!
Good for you to have a vent like this. You are too good of a person to be kept down for long.
I am envious about your SO!
The three things thread always helps.
Hang in there brother...
Pulling yourself out of the funk? Exercise is what does it for me, exercise and focusing on the good people in my life...that, and not fighting the funk too much...taking necessary action and allowing the funk to run it's course.
I also lost my work mojo during the A and it's aftermath.
Hang in there.
I don't know why, but it seems like bad things come in large groups.
How do I pull myself out of this funk Iím in
Please try to get to bed earlier than usual and just... rest.
The change of season tires me out as well. On top of the other stuff, no wonder you're feeling a little under the weather!
I'm so sorry, friend. You are an amazingly kind, intelligent, funny guy who deserves to have peace and happiness.
Hopefully this year is a "valley" year, and the peaks are right around the corner. You're doing so well to keep moving forward and being motivated in work, relationships, and personal growth. Just know that all this crap you're working through is making you more "Superman" by the day.
I hope next year is easier on you.
For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning. - T.S. Eliot
― Charles Chaplin
Be kind to yourself. Recognize that you have been dealing with an exceptional amount of stressful life stuff, on top of the traumas of infidelity and divorce. It's no wonder you're tired.
Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less than, less than perfect
I am so sorry that things have been tough. You are a great guy and you don't deserve these hardships. Take time to continue to smell the roses moreso than the rot. Don't let the bad times taint your good times.
Think of the haters in your life as sandpaper; theyíll scratch you up time and time again but in the end youíre polished, smooth, and spotless..while they end up useless
There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them-Vicky Baum
I had been really excited for DS20. He applied at Waffle House, interviewed and they wanted him to start right away. They told him he only needed the paperwork that showed that his sentence was listed as First Offender.He was pretty motivated and got up the next day, showered and was ready to work. Worked from 8 - 2 and wanted to cross train and learn as many jobs as he could.
(In GA, you can plea "First Offender" to your first felony offense and after you serve whatever sentence you are given then it is wiped free from your record. But if you get arrested again the penalties are much uch worse.)
So when I got home last night I asked DS20 how work went and he replied that he lost the job. When they did his background check, the corporate office then informed him that they would not be able to hire him until 5 years after the daye of sentencing - a year after his probation is complete.
Damn! The kid just can't seem to catch a break. But when he stated that the universe is against him, I replied "No, You made some bad choices and now you have to deal with the consequences. And yes it really sucks."
I'm hoping he will consider goign back to school so that once his probation is finished he can hit the ground running.
Job stuff- well I sent you a PM. And hey it is officially a "candidate's market" now so you may not have as rough a time changing positions as you may think. Start looking asap- average job hunt is about 6 months they say.
Glad you have your SO to give you some joy.
If this isn't what I consider soulmate crap, I don't know what is.
I'm dealing with concerns with my DS19 - he's not working, not taking care of things, just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Ugh.
You're heard my friend, and we are all pulling for you.
Honestly, I'm at almost 3 years post Dday - and it was at the 2 year antiversary where things, especially my perspective, really seemed to take a positive turn. ((Hugs))
[This message edited by persevere at 7:34 PM, October 10th (Thursday)]
Above all, be the heroine, not the victim. - Nora Ephron
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling