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User Topic: verge of tears
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Stop  Posted: 9:38 AM, August 25th (Sunday)

DD was two days ago, its been a year now
I live my life tears welling up inside of me, cant seem to get that final release of letting them go, too many years of holding them back
my wife, god bless her has given me a second chance. I never took a chance in my life by allowing myself to feel, strange after 50 years that I am starting now. Therapy has given me the opportunity to CHANGE, to actually feel each moment of every day. This is my first post ever, now I know why my wife clings to this website, names are different but its the same similar emotions. I cheated on my wife with another woman last year, repeating the same pattern that I had established, pushing away everybody that threatened me emotionally, preferring to block out, withhold my feelings, responding with anger instead of allowing truth and honesty, which was that I had very little self worth. What a strange world this is, stopped drinking over four months ago realizing finally that my wife was worth everything to me, that we have never even really known each other intimately, hanging out in "numbness and dumbness" by allowing alcohol to rule our marriage
I have very little advice to give anybody, but if you are reading this, and drinking is part of your struggle in your marriage, STOP
Anyway, I have hope, my devotion is to heal my wife thru this, heal myself, heal our marriage
These are just the ramblings of a confused middle aged, grief stricken person who have finally stepped out of the shadows into to the light. Thank you for listening

Posts: 32 | Registered: Jun 2013 | From: usa
Member # 35869
Default  Posted: 9:46 AM, August 25th (Sunday)

Good for you Boots.

My dad choose the alcohol addiction over fixing his marriage and 20 years later he hasn't changed a bit, and he's miserable. Glad to hear that you are choosing happiness and health.

Posts: 72 | Registered: Jun 2012
Member # 21761
Default  Posted: 9:47 AM, August 25th (Sunday)

Welcome, Boots. I am glad you have found us. Do you know why you stopped yourself from feeling emotions a long time ago?

"Feedback is the breakfast of champions." - Boris Becker

Posts: 6101 | Registered: Nov 2008 | From: California
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Default  Posted: 9:53 AM, August 25th (Sunday)

I edify myself that it was TRADITION in my family to hold back. I blame genetics and my parents lack of everything good, the way kids are supposed to be taught, in so many ways I was trapped as a child. my parents did not allow me to express myself, they were too busy with five children, miserable with each other, what chance did I have???

Posts: 32 | Registered: Jun 2013 | From: usa
Member # 16024
Default  Posted: 10:03 AM, August 25th (Sunday)

I can relate to not being able to express emotions as a child and not learning to feel or express feelings in a healthy way.

The good news is that we don't have to continue to be victims of our past, we can change things starting now.

my devotion is to heal my wife thru this, heal myself, heal our marriage
Good for you! You will learn that it is freeing to start living authentically and truthfully.

What is your plan to make this happen?

Take up your space (and do it well).

"That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt."

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Member # 39000
Default  Posted: 5:04 PM, August 25th (Sunday)

Boots, the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the second-best time is now.

Breaking out of lifelong patterns is so hard, and you've got a lot of people here who can relate. Welcome.

fWW: 42
BH: 52
DDay: April 21, 2013
Sweet DS & fierce DD, under 10
"Between stimulus and response there’s a space, in that space lies our power to choose our response, in our response lies our growth and our freedom." V. Frankl

Posts: 1230 | Registered: Apr 2013 | From: Redneck land
Member # 38140
Default  Posted: 9:42 PM, August 25th (Sunday)

Congratulations on four months of sobriety. That quite an accomplishment. With a clear head now, you can really get to work.
Deconstruct your old self; start working on a new one.

Me: WS- 30s
Her: BS- 30s RockyMtn

Posts: 126 | Registered: Jan 2013
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Default  Posted: 10:51 PM, August 25th (Sunday)

Yea Boots!

I had to give all hope for a better past and look at today and tomorrow when it comes. I also gave up alcohol just after D day. That did me a world of good. As a WS

fWH 63, BS 63 (Twentyplus)

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Default  Posted: 10:57 PM, August 25th (Sunday)

I found that my emotional isolation led me to having secrets and eventually an affair. For me it has helped greatly to join a mens group where we talk about our emotions and practice the skills lots of men missed out on, like openness, honesty, and emotional literacy.

It is great you have started to pull it together.


fWH 63, BS 63 (Twentyplus)

Posts: 10 | Registered: Jul 2013
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Default  Posted: 10:45 AM, August 28th (Wednesday)


How bad do you want your marriage?

Do you want it bad enough that you will stop doing the things that hurt your wife?

Do you want it bad enough to stop the habits that make your wife feel sorrow and low self esteem?

Do you want your marriage so bad that you can empathize with her pain that will contribute to the healing of your marriage?

Stopping the alcohol was a good step.
If you value her, why do you keep hurting her?

Are you doing the things that will help her trust you?

You have to own what you did. Then you have to work on fixing you.
Most of all you have to be sorry for what you did.

Sorry enough to improve yourself and learn healthier behaviors.

I've been where you are and until you feel genuine remorse and work on yourself, your marriage is going to be in trouble.

The simplest thing can be the hardest thing to do....FRM

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