If I had any self confidence left, I probably wouldn't care if I were a WS either.
Its just fucking sad. A grown man so convinced he cannot please a woman enough to stay that he can't enjoy his own wife, he doesn't have enough self confidence to have an affair, and wouldn't even try to be with a woman if he got a divorce.
I was less than a wayward in her eyes.
"Oh, why do my actions have consequences?" ~ Homer Simpson
"She knew my one weakness: That I'm weak!" ~ Homer Simpson
As someone who has been both wayward and betrayed, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that waywardness had nothing to do with the state of our marriage at the time. In fact, my wife's affair started before I even met her.
So many times throughout the ages people have blamed affairs on their marriage, or on their spouse. The reality is, wayward behavior is very selfish. Selfish to the point where the source of it and the reason behind it has everything to do with the person participating in it.
Don't know if that helps or not, but I thought I'd pop and offer that up, just in case.
Really sorry you are hurting tonight, joeboo. Take care.
YOU are worthy of love and faithfulness.
Your ww devalued you and your marriage because she wanted to. No doubt it was her actions that have led you to feel this way about yourself joeboo. I do hope you will find love for yourself and some peace one day soon. My heart goes out to you.
She must have felt she was in a hopeless and unexciting relationship. She must have yearned for that which I could not give.
Are you supposed to be a circus elephant who only acts as his trainer tells him to? NO. You aren't. You are a human being with your own personality and *way* of being. If she can't love you for who you are....then that is on her. It doesn't mean that there is something wrong with YOU.
Joeboo, your situation makes me sad. You have chosen to stay with your WW and it is emotionally killing you.
In my effort to be *concise*, I often come off as blunt and harsh. Sorry, don't mean to be offensive.
Its time for YOU, whatever that means to you, its time.
I want to see you thrive,JB.
What is your plan?
A grown man so convinced he cannot please a woman enough to stay that he can't enjoy his own wife, he doesn't have enough self confidence to have an affair, and wouldn't even try to be with a woman if he got a divorce.
Joe, YOU have to UNCONVINCE (if that's even a word) yourself of this. Because...
You have chosen to stay with your WW and it is emotionally killing you.
It already has. You can build a NEW YOU when you STOP giving her actions and thoughts any credence. She is an egotistical serial cheater!!!
As a fellow BS I pray for the day you will RISE ABOVE what she's done to you and be secure in the knowledge that you are a good man who still has much to offer to the world. You have to believe this (((joeboo)))!!!
A grown man so convinced he cannot please a woman
Been there done that and wearing the T-shirt Joe. No one can re-define how you feel about yourself after a serial cheater gets done with you, it is sad and lonely and very defeating indeed.
Staying in the relationship for the most valiant of reasons only seems to make it worse as time drags on and nothing seems to improve. A sexless life style and a WW who cannot make it better makes for long dark nights...like I said I've been there too long myself.
The only thing that helped me was not anything my WW did, nor was it anything a counselor provided.
The only person who can help you, in spite of the negative tape playing inside your head, is you. Believe it when I say that you can and will be able to find worth in your life and it will have nothing to do with sex or an affair. Those types of thoughts are only going to aggravate your grief.
Your worth will surface where you least expect it, your influence in the life of a child or an impact you make without knowing you were even important to someone. Believe in yourself enough to understand this and look for the soul who smiles at you from within. Feel the difference with your heart and not your eyes. You can't look for meaning, you first feel it and follow where it leads you.
Never forget you are not defined by another person's brokenness. Hang in there and keep up with others in here who have already been there. You will be offering us advice soon.
"We're not broken, just bent. We can learn to love again."
Easier said than done, but, TRY to pick yourself up, start doing things for yourself and invite her along. Do some stuff she likes to do, do some stuff you like to do.
You should also have this conversation with your WW. She wanted R I am guessing as well. She will tell you your thinking is rubbish. Be honest with her, let her tell you that you have worth. Then believe it my friend.
Honestly, I looked at myself much the same for the last few months. I thought no way can I be interesting enough for her to want to stay with me. Before the affair my marriage was lacking, my fault and her fault. Then the A, devastating my friend. But, after 2 months or so, I just hated being so depressed. I just picked up my game, my attention towards my wife, notes, cards, flowers, activities, shopping, dinner, etc... I wanted to fucking live again even though she devastated me. I needed her to help me. She was bad at it at first, so instead of sulking and criticizing her for it, I pitched in. It truly helped me so much and her game and love for me picked up. Now, every day, she tells me how sorry she is for hurting me, for hurting us! Tears in her eyes when she says it. Your wife needs to see you again my friend. Find him and bring him out!
[This message edited by Smokehouse at 3:41 AM, October 10th (Thursday)]
Don't let the entire span of your sexual existence be defined by the PAST action of one "non-special" woman.
Pleasure or Pain? Your choice.
IC may help.
I wish for you great pleasure!
I think I understand wayward thinking...
Y'know, maybe you do - but not in the way you think you do.
I believe WSes cheat as a way to avoid facing their pain. I think you're wallowing in your pain, not facing it. You're acknowledging it in the virtual world, but you're unwilling to face your own pain.
That's what's fucking sad, brother.
You picked a deeply flawed mate. That was a big mistake, but you have all the resources you need to correct it.
You may need help, though. Find yourself a good IC, dig deep, and take your place among your fellow men.
And drop that 'please a woman' crap! Women are responsible for their own orgasms. (Of course, helping them along and being helped by them is a great pleasure, and that pleasure is available to you....)
Joe, with apologies to Walt Kelly, you have met the problem, and he is you - and it's just a small adjustment to switch from being an obstacle to being good to yourself.
[This message edited by sisoon at 1:23 PM, October 10th (Thursday)]
Thank you for all the replies. Much food for thought.
I think I erred in mixing my revelation with the intense emotions associated with it. My biggest point was the ability to walk a mile in her shoes. I seen my marriage and her with so little value that I could consider cheating with little concern for any commitment to her or the marriage.
Realizing all that brought on the incredible emotions and shock that she was once there too. Who knows, maybe she is still there.
My point was followed by my temper tantrum of self pity. I still feel that way, but I should have left it out of the post.
On the bright side, I am moving on with my life. I have taken a promotion somewhere that I wanted to live. fww has come with me, but it wasn't my primary concern. I may never be able to fully enjoy the pleasures of the flesh, but there is so much more out there and I want to find some of it.
there is so much more out there and I want to find some of it.
Joeboo, that is one of the most positive things I have ever heard you say! And I'm so glad to hear you say it! Keep that thought going friend!!!
If you were so worthless she would have just walked away by doing the decent thing and divorcing you.
Instead, because of her own feelings of low self worth she had to find that in someone else to justify her feelings.
That my friend has nothing to do with you.
Whether you stay or D is a sign that you have bucket loads of self worth.
If you stay you are showing her that your self worth is what is allowing her the gift of R.
If you D, you are showing her that your self worth will not be compromised.
You have the love and power to make choices that are best for you, not her.
Hugs and believe in yourself.
One great pleasure for me, which I enjoy almost every day, is drinking a couple of cups of coffee as part of my breakfast. I'll think of you enjoying something as I drink my coffee tomorrow.