Everyone suffers from abandonment, and some of us have suffered to a great extent. However, if I chose to let that rule me I would never come out from under the bed. Guess what? The fact is, I have survived some seriously shitty things in life and I am just fine. And, since I am advocating for myself, I think I would like pizza and beer, thank you very much. The trick is catching yourself when you fall back into those old negative patterns.
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Its not so much the relationshit itself that did me wrong but rather where I took myself ont he journey for love, what it represented in the quest to start my own family, and the deep, long-untouched places of my psyche that were unearthed and brought forth to the fire. I am feeling more and more thankful everyday for the experience. I love this post and Natalie the way you take all of these horrible negative experiences and personality traits and turn them into something positive with a different perspective. I wish I could have my back, I was abandoned time and time again in my childhood and could do nothing about it.
Now at 58 yrs of age I still feel the same way. My adoptive mother who was dysfunctional in many ways was the one and only person who fought for me and never gave up. She is gone and I so wish she were here in my darkest of days. Where does it all end?
Great post! The fear of abandonment is huge and I think overshadows most of my life — I love my dog more than anything in the world and know that the worst thing she will ever do to me is die. I trust and cherish her, just as she trusts and cherishes me. I have had a number of relationships, some good, some bad, some ugly and no matter usually being the one to end them, they have all carved a piece of my heart out.
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It is hard to try again, even though deep down inside — I want to. Natashya, the idea is to cut out the middle man or as you have also had the pleasure — meeeee tooooo — the middle iPhone and get the love and affection you seek from YOU! Been there, got the mug to prove it. Actually, I WAS the mug. Let me assure you, I have the Fukushima of relationship histories. So, I am now two weeks smoke free and eating well, and going to bed earlier I feel like such a nanna.
My next thing is to introduce some exercise somehow. If I am not taking care of me, who will? Have you got the basics covered?
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We should all start at the beginning! This is absolutely correct. I have been reading Nats posts for several months and although I have read this message in various formats over and over again it has taken me this long to really get it. The realisation that this is the norm, to treat everyone with care love trust and respect, but start with your damn self is a revelation to me.
It works out a lot cheaper than gym membership like I would go! In my last long-term relationship, I was competing with beer and football — and it was always made pretty clear to me like, explicitly. He actually SAID this! There are plenty of people in the world who manage to have really good, loving and fulfilling relationships AND be passionate about other things without one area of their life detracting from another. Then they can leave us real women alone.
Thanks for posting this Nat. I have been in a funk lately trying to sort myself out.
You see, Iam notorious for beating myself up and blaming myself for past mistakes. Reading your post is helping me to focus on using my mistakes to make me better so that I can attract somrone who reflect my values…. I am most definitely a work in progress! I, too, have a fear of abandonment, and I am tired of being in relationships where everyone and everything else is the priority, and I am simply an after thought or the third wheel. With that said, my exes often ended up being taken advantage of by women who behaved in this manner. In other words, it appeared that they were attracted to women who really did not care as much as they thought.
So the exes—who were chasing a feeling—would work twice as hard to gain their approval and win their love and allow themselves to be used and abused in the process. I get so frustrated at times because I do not feel that I will ever meet anybody who will love and accept me for me. I just do not believe that our paths will ever cross. I used to think fear of abandonment only referred to women who had parents who walked out on them or were physically absent for periods of time, I never thought I fell into this category. These days I have a much better relationship with him but I definitely think it has drawn me to men who are emotionally unavailable — my ex did not value me at all, I was an option to him not a priority and although the first year was wonderful and I was happier than I have ever been, the last 2 were on and off — hm breaking the relationship and returning — me twisting and turning myself into who he wanted me to be, always failing.
I have learned this the hard and painful way the last 5 years — escalated in the last 6 months by a terrible abandonment by a man who basically left me when I was at work one day and never contacted me again.
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Thanks NML xx. Spot on! This to me represents the essence of this post and why it resonates with me more than any other. I have carried low-self esteem for an incredible number of years. He had taken care of everything leaving me unequipped to run my own life.
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A few years of isolation followed, meaning no love life. Then the worst thing that could ever have happened to me walked into my life, a MM. I fell hard because, of course, he love-bombed me. It was powerful in that I began inward reflection and realized how true that statement was. I did not love myself because if I had, I could never have involved myself with him and he was telling me that.
I thought he was the greatest thing on two feet. I focused on external attributes, i. I never gave much importance to how he treated me, which was abominable. But, I put up with it, because I was desperately seeking validation. After going NC and never going back, I am soooo much better for having gone through hell with that man. But, it was a gradual process, as some of you on BR can attest to. We share the important stuff such as goals, aspirations, family values.
There is mutual love, care, honesty, and respect. Been there done that. I feel at peace, at long last, and he is more amazed every day at how wonderful things are between us. We are really and truly compatible. We are both committed to working out future discepancies. I am very happy with him. But more important than anything else is that I am happy with myself.
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