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Fear vs. reality

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Phoenix1 posted 3/7/2020 13:59 PM

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CaliforniaNative posted 3/8/2020 11:30 AM

My XWH had a 2.5 year affair after being with him for 17 years. He gas lighted me, stole money from the family, tons of manipulation, rug sweeping, threatened me .... horrible. I wanted out.

Fear:

* I would struggle with finances
*My son would struggle with being a part of a “broken home”
* I would be alone
* I would be judged by friends and family

Reality:

* The first one turned out to be the biggest lie I told myself. I just got a new job with greater earning potential and I have less debt then when I was married. I am much better off now then before.

* My son did get off to a rough start for the first 6 months. His grades went down as he struggled with dads infidelity and the breakup of his family. Today he is thriving- plays three sports and has straight As!

* I took some time off to heal and find myself again. Read a lot, hung out with friends and family. Dated 8 months after D was final ( so almost a tear and a half after he moved out). This was the most challenging tho. I met a handsome man close to my age and fell in love.

* No one judged me, at least to my face. He took one set of married friends and seeing how one of them supported xwh during the affair, I don’t feel comfortable around them anyway.

Justsomeguy posted 4/23/2020 10:45 AM

I've been separated for almost 20 months and in my own place for 8 months, so I feel like I finally have something to post in this forum.

Fear: I was terrified that I would not be able to afford a place, pay my bills, and feed my kids.

Reality: Growing up with a single mom who made very little has taught me amazing survival skills. What I used to mock my mom for, I now do religiously. I shop onlybdales, wash my Ziploc bags, make coffee to go rather than stop somewhere, pack a lunch if I'm going shopping,etc. I am amazed how much I save each month. Ad well, I lice and die with a day planner where I track my bills and all money coming out. I have saved enough each month to keep my legal bills down to a manageable amount.

Fear: I would be lonely going to bed alone every night.

Reality: Yup, I'm lonely every night, but it's not as bad as I thought. I know it's just till I fall asleep, and the morning is something that I take joy in, with the rituals I have developed. And it gets better as I start to enjoy living alone. I bought a used bed and a new matress with news pillows and sheets. There is no trace of my WW to be found, and it is liberating!

Fear: I thought I would be alone for the rest of my life, feelong like I was just a tired old man.

Reality: I'm a good guy, I have a career, I'm King, intelligent, healthy, open minded, and not completely unattractive. I never realized that those were atractive qualities and I have had interest. I had an on again off again relationship with an amazing woman. And even though it did not work out, it taught me that I can love and be loved again. It also taught me im okay alone. I can be happy with my own company and do most things alone now.

Fear: I was worried that my kids would prefer being with their mom.

Reality: that was just stupid. Their mother is a controlled crash. Chaos is the order of the day. Again, growing up has taught me to be an excellent single parent. I run a good household and take care of my kids. Most times, I need to remind my STBXWW to take care of things during her week. In fact, one of my kids said something to me that was quite telling. She said that mom was always glad to get rid of us at the end of her week, and I was always glad to get them. She's never been maternal.

I have my place, my soot on the couch, and my rituals. I make amazing meals on my alone weeks to give myself something to do. I walk, I run, I talk to friends and family. I keep busy. But most of all, I now have peace. It is a beautiful, wonderful word and I have it emblazoned on my favourite mug to enjoy every morning.

Hedwig posted 5/12/2020 05:38 AM

Doing this for future reference for myself and eventually also for others, I hope.

Fear: I will never trust anyone again to build a relationship with and open up my heart to.
Fear: I will never meet someone better, this was the best and that is saying a lot because this was not all good.
Fear: I will always feel sad about our relationship ending.
Fear: I will never get over him and never stop loving him.
Fear: I won't have children because I will not meet someone worthy to have them with after this.
Fear: Even if I meet someone and end up getting married to them, they will break my heart too. Nothing is forever.


One fear I had a month ago, right after I ended the relationship, I can already look back on.
Fear: I am afraid of being alone and having too much time on my hands.
Reality: My support system was there for me when I needed them, my friends and family and even colleagues made sure I was okay. I found new ways to keep myself busy and I can find joy in little thing like taking a walk or a hot cup of coffee. Just because I am going through a sad period right now, does not mean it will feel like this forever. I háve felt better and I trust I will feel better again.

Edited for grammar

[This message edited by Hedwig at 11:15 AM, May 12th (Tuesday)]

leebick posted 6/8/2020 18:44 PM

I'm at the beginning of the journey. A little over 2 years ago I discovered WH (35 years together) having EAs with 2 women. OW2 is really out of the picture, but he's continued lying to me about OW1 ("It's just a friendship!"), including my finding out he has secret email and FB accounts, keeps a locked cell phone, etc. He doesn't think it's an affair but he lies to my face about being in contact with her. I have moved out of our bedroom and have told him we need to discuss how we will move forward. ANYHOW... I have no realities to match to my fears, but here are my fears:

Friends: Most of our friends are OUR friends, not my friends or his friends. Yes, I have a few close friends but our best friends are friends of US. Also, we live in a very small town where everyone knows everyone else. A D is going to be difficult, and I am pretty sure that folks around town are going to pick one of us to keep as a friend.

Daughter: She's an adult and going through a divorce of her own. She's told us that she thought that her STBXH and she had the kind of relationship that her dad and I do. Apparently she was closer to the truth than anyone knew... :(

Retirement: I am almost 64, WH almost 60. We are looking at retiring in about 5 years. Always thought he'd be the person on the other end of the couch with me, not a cat. I don't want to grow old alone.

Going it alone: I don't want to. I see my sister and my cousin struggling with loneliness, sadness, depression in their post-D lives. I saw my mother and brother both become bitter alcoholics, post-D. I see my sister throw herself out there, trying to meet someone, and they are all married liars. The nice, solid guys are all in relationships, all that's out there are losers. I don't want to be alone, but I also don't have the energy or desire to get back out there and meet someone. I have been devastated and shattered once... and once is enough... but I don't want to be alone.

SO those are my fears. Not sure I'll actually have to face them, as I don't know if we'll try R or not. Time will tell.

Breakingapart posted 6/17/2020 23:52 PM

It’s all fears right now....
Fear: I will be heartbroken forever and this sadness will never go away
Fear: I will never have my best friend again
Fear: I will have to lose time with my kids because of his actions
Fear: my kids will forever be affected by this.
Fear: my friends will get sick of my venting and sadness and I will be left alone.
Fear: I have lost my travel partner
Fear: I will live out my “retirement” years alone
Fear: I will have to work full time and not be here to cherish every moment I can with my kids
Fear: money will be a struggle and I won’t be able to maintain my kids quality of life
Fear: my kids will be exposed to OW
Fear: he will never come out of his fog and understand the hurt he has caused
Fear: that depression will overtake me
Fear: that I will never trust again
God...I feel like I could go on for days. I pray I can come back and look at this and write a whole new reality!

Katz13 posted 7/1/2020 21:14 PM

Divorce paperwork is in process.
Fear: His new relationship will embarrass me and our son because it will be the talk of the town.

Fear: He will have a great fun exciting single life while I sit home alone, lonely, depressed, and anxious.

Fear: This will cause our son to become depressed and fail at school. My H will be a small part of his son's life since he said he only wants to see him two weekends a month.

Fear: Our friends will feel uncomfortable with the new situation and not want to do things together anymore.

Fear: Loss of two incomes will cause financial strain.

Fear: Overall boredom, wanting to stalk my H to see what his life is like.

I can't wait to revisit this in a year to plug in the reality. Trying to be hopeful!

crazyblindsided posted 8/6/2020 13:44 PM

My new fears as I go through separation...

Fear: My kids will want to spend more time with STBX.
Fear: Starting over at 47.
Fear: My finances will be shot.
Fear: Of ending a 19 year M, I've spent 24 years with him and change is uncomfortable.
Fear: That my STBX will continue to lovebomb me and my feelings of guilt will overwhelm me.

crazyblindsided posted 8/27/2020 14:39 PM

It's interesting how my fears are subsiding as I am going through with the S.

Fear: My kids would spend more time with him
Reality: My kids spend equal time with both of us... separately

Fear:My finances will take a hit
Reality: I am getting support from my parents should i need help financially

Fear: Starting over at 47
Reality: I am free to do whatever I want at 47

Fear: That STBX will keep lovebombing and contacting me
Reality: I know what it is and can now ignore. His messages don't get to me like they used to.

Fear: Of ending a 19 year M, I've spent 24 years with him and change is uncomfortable.
Reality: It's bittersweet but it also had nothing to do with me and isn't my shame to carry. Change is uncomfortable, but also empowering.

phmh posted 8/29/2020 14:03 PM

CBS, so excited to read your most recent update - and it's only going to get even better from here! I've been divorced for over 8 years now and it's honestly hard to remember having any fears, as the reality has turned out so well!

takethelongview posted 9/14/2020 18:31 PM

I read all 18 pages. This fantastic thread should be pinned, because it is so critical for people in S/D.

This quote I found hopeful. "Even the bad fears sometimes turn into good realities."

There are a lot of proverbs across the world that boil down to "things that look bad at first, turn out to be less bad, and sometimes good." Really hard lesson to learn, especially for those of us in the club no one ever wanted to be in.

I am hopeful I am in the endgame now, 2.5 year separation, trying to get to the end, whatever the end looks like. I didn't fear most of what everyone else does...my biggest fear is simple:

FEAR: I will have to work until I drop, because my XWW will take so much of my retirement, I will never be financially secure enough to retire.

REALITY: I'll let you know in 2028.

99problems posted 10/9/2020 00:40 AM

Fear: my child will be negatively impacted by having to grow up in a broken home
Reality: 3 months separated, my child Is thriving and happier than ever from being removed from a toxic home environment.
Fear: I will be alone forever and miserable
Reality: I could have never been more miserable than I was living with a serial cheater, liar, and professional piece of shit. I am so, so much happier than I was 3 months ago its not even funny. I have also lost 60 lbs and feel great!
Fear: I won't have enough money
Reality: being poor isn't all that bad, I don't have that many expenses, and all the money in the world couldn't have made me happy before.
Fear: I won't get to have sex
Reality: I already wasn't having sex. And it's not really that big of a deal. It'll happen when it does or it won't, whatever.

Ultramarine posted 11/19/2020 00:46 AM

Update, 2 + years after separation. Felt like processing some stuff tonight. So these are my fears from 2018 and reality today:

Fear: as a single mom of 3 with no child support, I will live paycheck to paycheck.
Reality: Divorce lit fire under my butt and I tapped into that to propel myself in my career. I am making the most of all of my family now and probably more than my XWH. I can afford to not think about monthly expenses.

Fear: I will never meet a good man AND allow myself to become close with him. I will always look over my shoulder. I will never feel safe in a relationship. I will die alone.
Reality: on the advice of my therapist, about 1.5 year ago, I dipped my toes into dating and met a guy. It took some patience on his part, but I did also open up and allowed myself to be vulnerable. I do feel safe with him and there is trust, respect and love between us that never existed in my marriage. I may still die alone because he’s 10 years older...

Fear: my kids will struggle and it will mess up their lives forever. I will always feel guilt.
Reality: this is the hardest one. All of my children have adapted to the new life. My ex and I turned out to be good coparents. We treat each other and our SOs with respect. Kids do very well in school. There are times when I am still hammered by merciless guilt... like when my youngest says that she likes being at my house better but she wishes dad lived with us, too... that still hurts like hell.
There was a period of about a year when all of the kids had a hard time sleeping, felt anxious and couldn’t focus at school. It wasn’t easy. But we are making it. I know I am there for them a lot more now, even with only 50% custody, than I was when I tried to just not drown in perpetual darkness of my marriage.

That about covers it.. I also worried about my XWH having a revolving door of women my kids would get attached to and then have to break up with, but it’s only been 2 so far. The last one has stuck around for over a year. Ironically, she is divorced over her husband’s infidelity. Oh well, not my circus. I’m just glad she seems to be decent.

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