I’ve been waiting for this breakthrough for awhile, frustrated and angry that it didn’t come sooner. I know you can’t put a timeline on grief and loss, but oh how I tried. I told myself, ” you have a year to get your shit together”. HA!
Maybe I won’t laugh too hard because I’m definitely getting there. I think. Most days. Better than I was, anyway.
I’d been thinking since the first of the year that I needed a change, needed out of this house. The good memories made me miss him and made me sad. The bad memories made me angry and were suffocating. A few weeks ago, I stopped in at the office of the apartments where my daughter and her family live, just to get some info and see what the newly remodeled ones “just in case”. An hour later, I’d completed an application and was approved! I sat there and thought, ” I guess I’m doing this.”
I was excited, scared, happy and sad all at once.
The next weekend, my daughter came over to go through some of her stuff in the attic. We ended up purging the whole thing! Things from all 4 kids, plus John and I….90% went in the garbage, or will be. See below lol
It felt so good to get this done and I felt so accomplished! Until the next morning when I left for work. I looked over and saw the remains of 10 years worth of memories. My mood instantly went to ” You son of a bitch”. My whole day I was sad, grumpy, teary, the works. This mood went on for days, mind you. Self pep talks were not working, venting to good friends was not working. Wanna know what did? Talking to him, of all people. I know. Trust me, keep reading.
You may tell me I’m crazy when you finish reading this, but that’s okay. Because I’ve discovered just this past weekend, that STILL I’m living my life to please others. I was still making decisions based on what others (my very opinionated daughter, especially) might say or think. Here I’m pep talking myself into this new life/new me bullshit and I’m not doing any of it! SO……. I made a decision. I want him in my life. Not as a husband or lover, but as a friend. We’re good as friends. I will say, he’s one of the best friends I’ve ever had in my life and that is what I was so sad to lose. Then I asked myself, ” why do I have to lose it at all?” Because people tell me I do? Because that’s what’s expected? Excuse my language, but FUCK THAT! Here I am, claiming to be this new bad ass warrior woman branching out on my own at almost 50 and I’m watering myself down for fear of what others might think? Uh…..NO!
I like that, I think I’ll post that for his birthday. So there!