So I’m thinking lately how this situation makes me feel resentful, manipulated, frustrated, and less of myself in general. As though I start to become a distant fading light, losing its power and sense of being. The very essence of who I am feels lost every time this cycle starts over and/or continues. I realize that although my part in it is to hold onto a sense of faith in the person I love, that is allowing this and affecting me as a whole. As much as I want to believe in the person I love and his ability to do the right thing and my ability to patiently wait for that to happen, there comes a time when I have to accept what is and let go of what I want so badly to believe. A time when I have to take responsibility for that and my part in perpetuating the insanity in my life. My responsibility is to love myself enough to believe in myself and not try so much to believe in another.
Starting yesterday, I’m making the attempt to take back the power in this ongoing crazy situation; to take responsibility for making it different – changing the things I want changed. I’m tired of being perplexed, confused, hopeful and hurt, trusting and betrayed. I’ve been tired of that for some time now. Hopefully I’ve really had enough at this point and will stick to it. I’ve made small steps toward that in the past and then hoped he would give the rest, by accepting my position, taking it into consideration, respecting it, and ultimately doing the right thing in response to my efforts. Guess I’ve been hoping he would share the responsibility of correcting this situation, making it a little easier on me to be strong and do the right thing for myself.
What kind of ridiculously innocent faith is that? And what has he done over the past 2 and 1/2 years to demonstrate that he would ever take any responsibility for doing the right thing? Nothing. I’ve seen nothing in him that resembles the character of the man I love for years now. Why would I hold onto faith in him when I’ve seen nothing of him in so very long? Is it because I’m too lazy to just do it all myself and be the complete strong person on my own? Or is it denial that the man I knew and loved somehow disappeared and is possibly gone forever? Or never existed, except as a facade… Which is an extremely hurtful concept to consider. It makes the truest thing I’ve ever known or experienced all just a manipulative act which I was naive enough to fall for completely. If I have to accept that the only love I’ve felt was real was not in fact real, what does that mean? It means I was duped. It means I’ve never known authentic love, ever…
Gosh, how desperately I have clung to my deepest hopes of the heart and soul, while the ugly face of its opposite screams directly in my face? I may as well cover my eyes and chant a sing-song I can’t seeeeee yoooooouuu…I can’t seeeeee yoooouuu.
How ridiculous. Time to grow up. Time to face the music that’s actually playing instead of thinking I can keep dancing to the music from my heart, at an entirely different beat. Time to take the power back and take responsibility for eliminating this chaos in my world which is changing me at a structural level. Where did my boundaries go? I am not the victim here unless I allow myself to be. I am not inherently lazy either. Apparently just inherently, ridiculously faithful in others, regardless of their actuality. Holding onto that innocence has been exhausting and soul mutilating. My knuckles are white and stretched to their max. The skin might even be starting to rip and tear. It’s painful to continue holding on that way. It’s also painful to let go…
However, one makes more sense and will prompt a faster end to the difficulty. I’ve never been one to rip the band-aid off fast and quick, although I’ve always known that’s the smartest and most effective method to remove a bandage.
In respect of the possibility there is even an ounce of truth in the “struggle” he’s indicated he is currently experiencing in his life and in his expressed need to turn to me for comfort and support, I do not want to be vengeful or cold in my removal or harsh in my setting boundaries. It has never been about getting what I want. It has only been about believing in him and believing in the power and purity of unconditional love for another human being… Yesterday, I selected a nice card expressing my love, concern and support of him and wrote my well wishes and other kind, but unattached, non-expectant words, in signage and left this on his door. Not wishing or expecting anything at all in return. Being inherently true to myself and my heart irregardless of his character; confirming that in spite of what I’m about to do and the boundaries I must set and hold firm, I do truly love him. Then, last evening before I went to sleep, I blocked all access to me, locking him out of my life. I drew a line in the sand, directly and firmly in front of where he’s chosen to stand.
And with that, here I go…..