Saturday, April 19, 2008

Followup

So a couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog asking the MavsMom faithfuls to weigh in on whether or not I am codependent. And I got not even so much as a spam comment back on that one. Hum...makes me wonder because I know several of you have strong opinions and are typically not afraid to voice those opinions (cough...Aardvark...cough). So needless to say I was surprised. That being said I suspect the reason no one spoke up was out of fear of hurting my feelings (or at least that is what I am going to believe.) Here is the conclusion I have come to since then: Yes, I do think I am codependent and I do believe it is a problem. So I have taken the first step to remedy that problem today. I have an appointment to see a therapist later this week. I probably should have done this when Shawn and I first split up but I honestly thought I was handling everything just fine. The reality is that I wasn't. I am lonely and lonely is something I don't handle well. Just count the number of empty wine bottles in my garbage on a weekly basis and you will know I am not handling everything well. The breaking point came in the last 24 hours when I got mad for no reason after a bottle or 3 too many of wine and then later realized that I didn't know why I had gotten mad. The only thing I can figure is that I was taking my anger and frustration over everything that has happened in the last year out on the person I was supposed to be closest to (sorry, James). So today as he finished breaking up with me he told me that not only was he not ready for a relationship (why is it that I make all men realize that?) but neither was I and I needed to take some time for me. The thing was before I always thought I had had enough time for me since I had spent so much time alone. However I realize now that being alone didn't mean I was taking care of me and that is precisely what I need to do now. No more wine, no more boyfriends. Just me trying to figure out what I want and what I enjoy. So there you have it. Feel free to comment because I truly want to know what you think.

2 comments:

Aardvark said...

I have been a little preoccupied. Of course I have an opinion...
Codependent is a strong word. I have been surprised by your willingness to move on with your life. I thought after the divorce you would move home..but you didn't. I thought you would at least stay where you were...but you moved to a whole new place and started a whole new life. You bought a house, started a new job and MOVED ON!

It is hard for anyone ot be "alone" and it is easy to want to jump back in to a relationship right after one ends (rebound is a word for a reason). It is even harder to step back and say that you deserve better and that you need to take time for yourself. So take a deep breath and do it. Find things to do that keep you busy. Take a class that has nothing to do with work. Take Mav to soem kind of doggy class... anything that keep s you busy. In the long run....you will be glad you did.

And don't forget to call your friends when yo u are lonely.

MavsMom said...

OK...so I called Aardvark out and she responded. (However, still disappointed in the rest of my so called friends!) I know she has been busy giving birth and all so I was really more giving her a hard time. Thanks for your comments though, Ra. You said some things that I needed to hear. I am definitely taking time for me right now and it is the best thing to do. And as for calling my friends, you know I never want to be a burden on anyone so it is easier to keep it to myself.