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Friday, October 29, 2010

It Wasn't All Bad

I am not afraid to admit that I'm firmly in the ex-husband bashing mode. Not enough time has elapsed for me to forgive and forget everything he put me through, and with his release from prison coming up soon I'm focusing on working on my PTSD symptoms and getting myself emotionally healthy so that I can deal with the reality of his release.

It's the truth, but I'm not overly proud of it. I would like to be the kind of magnanamous person who can have inner peace, and see things from his point of view, or have compassion for him in some way - but I'm not.

I will however acknowlege (as a part of my healing process) that the whole 15 years of our marriage were not a total misery, or a total disaster. Obviously I have four amazing kids that I wouldn't trade for the world, but beyond that I have good memories. I had the opportunity to quit my job at the age of 22 and not return back to the workforce until my oldest child was 12 years old. That alone is an absolute blessing.

We traveled. We celebrated. We shared moments of grief. We laughed. At one time there was affection and shared goals. I can't say that I ever loved him - because I think I was too young to fully understand and appreciate what that means. As an adult woman who has found herself truly and deeply in love for the first time I can see that I had no business getting married at the age of 19 without having any deep feelings for the man I would spend the next 15 years with.

The beginning was hopfull, the middle was challenging, the end was ugly. That's the reality of it, but I have to be honest with myself and admit that there were good times in there, and that all it - good and bad - have made me the woman I am today, and I like that woman.


  1. That's growth in itself... Seeing things with your inner eye... you went through a lot! You came out the other side... you're still breathing and as such, you have a lot of inner strength. Many people don't get that chance. You have something to pass on to others that are dealing with similar issues... As they say, you don't "get it" until you give it away...

    Stay strong!

  2. I'm glad to see that you're working through all of this, and able to admit that there were some good points. It's difficult to acknowledge those sometimes, particularly since the end was so bad for you, but it's good that you are seeing things a little more clearly and realistically.


  3. ((hugs)). I'm feeling too sentimental to properly respond but I'm so proud of you for looking at these things and begin working through them. Remember, this work is for you.

    Love ya,

  4. Thanks for the Kudos - it is hard to remember sometimes when I'm in and out of court, or when my kids have nightmares, or when I have nightmares, that there was good stuff mixed in there too.

    It's easy to get caught up in the hate and disappointment. It's much harder to look for the beauty.

  5. It's absolutely necessary for us to understand what role we played in life's events. It's also good that you're recognizing some of the ex's better moments. With both of these tools you'll develop the ability to detach in a healthy manner and really regain your inner peace.

    That, & BLT sounds like a really good guy for you - live it up!