THIS POST WAS WRITTEN ABOUT A MONTH AGO BUT NEVER POSTED- MY BAD!
When you suffer the pain of infidelity, the heartache of an emotional or physical affair, deception in your marriage, a disconnect from the one you thought was that “soulmate”, when it looks like your marriage is coming to and end, you begin to think “is this it?”, “Is this really the end of our relationship?” It most definitely feels like it.
Yet for some untold reason you stay together, sort of. Both remain in the relationship and continue day to day, but are they really there? I mean their hearts. You see their bodies but do you feel their heart? If your answer is NO! Then why stay? I just couldn’t think of the right words to describe this until I read a post written by Douglas LaBier PhD.; Caught Between “Longing” vs. “Settling” in your marriage. In which he describes this dilemma so perfectly:
“caught between feelings of longing for a relationship ideal that they think, might be real but unfulfilled
and a pull towards settling for what they have, with all it’s imperfections and disappointments”.
That was it, the word I couldn’t put my finger on. The word is SETTLED. It didn’t feel like he was choosing me, it felt like…
He was settling on me.
Settling because He felt comfortable with me. That certainly makes me feel so special. Even with all my imperfections and disappointments I’m still comfortable, I guess that’s how I see it. I’m good enough to be the slave laborer but not enough to be the desired one.
As Julia Roberts says in the movie My Best Friends Wedding “You order creme brulee but what you really want is jello, jello is comfortable.” I guess I am jello. Not good enough to make you only want jello, but brulee is something you only want sometimes. Which is the lesser insult?
He simply cant make up his mind. I imagine it is fear, fear of the unknown. I’ll take a guess, that this is happening for both of us. I try to wrap my mind around what being single again, after 20 years of marriage , would actually be be like. Especially in this technological, youth oriented, narcissistic world we live in today. How does someone who still has empathy survive in this world of wolves, without being eaten alive again?
I’m not really looking forward to it in all honesty.
I HATE infidelity!!!