So, I’ve been in Colorado for over 3 months now. Not that there is much to brag about… the whole state is under lock-down, essentially. You can’t go anywhere without a mask and since I can’t breathe in them, I simply stay home for weeks at a time. YUCK!
In staying home, I’ve had a lot of time to think, reflect, learn, grow.
It has occurred to me that my communication skills are non-existent. They always have been, if I’m being honest. I can communicate here, in writing, and in most other venues where the written word are appreciated. However… FACE to FACE or verbal communication is impossible for me sometimes. I just don’t know how. I don’t know “words”. Words are hard LOL
Growing up, if there were issues or problems or arguments, my family (on both sides) simply avoided communication entirely. No phone calls, no visits, no conversations. Just nothing. So, as an adult, that’s what I do. I shut down. I thought everyone did it. Seems a lot of people have a lot of feelings that they want to convey and I have no idea how to do that or what to do with theirs. I always feel like I’m being attacked and on the defensive. Mainly because if someone is sharing a feeling with me, it’s anger/frustration/jealousy/disappointment.
I don’t know what love is. I don’t know how to show it (clearly what I thought was the right way, was COMPLETELY WRONG), receive it, process it, or even enjoy it! What I have thought was love over the years was nothing more than manipulation, lies, bullshit, smoke and mirrors, and a fantasy. I am 47 years old and literally flailing to survive “feelings”.
We live in a world where no one gives a shit about your feelings. They want you to care about theirs, but the attention and devotion is not reciprocated. As a result, WTF is the point in bothering? Seriously?
I’m down to only one child speaking to me at this point and I think that’s out a sense of guilt or obligation. My youngest has decided to have a relationship with my parents (whom I can’t speak to.. the toxicity they bring to my life is not worth sacrificing my self respect and happiness any longer ) and is now under “the spell”. She has no idea what it was like being me in that household. No one does and no one ever gave a shit to ask or understand. Hopefully, she gets it one day and comes back… if not… 2 down, I got one left. Hopefully, I don’t lose her too. I wasn’t a perfect mom by any stretch of the imagination, but I tried my hardest to break the cycles and show my kids love every day. Clearly, I failed. But they are amazing young adults, so I didn’t fuck it up completely. I am, however, the punching bag and source of their anger and pain lately and all I can do is apologize and own it. No one wants explanations. No one wants my side. They just want to be heard. I’ve lived my whole life in “defense” mode and have no idea how to navigate through this except to give them their space and wait. I’m sure that’s the wrong approach too, and I’ll hear about that at some point, but I have no idea how else to react or respond to the situation.
Dating. What a shit show. I’m just not ready. Simple conversations seem to be a chore for people. Given the last 10 years … I’m over it!
OH! UPDATE! Guess who is engaged after telling me that they never wanted to get married again! Yep! basically a year after leaving me, ghosting me, and treating me like shit … I find an “I said YES” post. Good times. I genuinely hope they live a long and happy life together. It’s clear now that he is just as bad as my family – in that, instead of communicating, he just cuts off all communication (always has) and then wants to blame me that there was no communication. *eye roll and head shake* Hopefully, he has grown up and can be a working partner in their relationship.
I thought that I had met someone that could eventually work its way to meeting in person etc. Red flags already. Not actively pursuing that any further. People from my past keep crawling out of the woodwork lately… all married… thinking I want to be their side piece. Two problems with that… I am no longer in Ohio and I am not going to be the escape from their life and responsibilities and I’m also not going to be a named party in anyone’s divorce!
Other than all of this, Colorado is beautiful! I can’t wait to explore more of it. Abrupt ending, but I have another conference call… story of my life these days!