Post by tiredofbeinglonely on Apr 23, 2020 14:17:50 GMT -5
We are a bit stuck due to COVID...but I am in the process of divorce. In this process, the kids and I have learned that my husband/their father was never emotionally available...he is on the autism spectrum. The person I knew in the beginning was simply a puppet/robot...regurgitating back what he thought a relationship, marriage should be. For a period of time, he was successful. Over time, and as the kids got older, he could not keep up the lie. He became self absorbed, greedy, angry, mean. He did horrible things to us...and things that hurt us financially. I realized there was a problem, but really thought it was more about mental illness...because he was once a loving and caring person...or so I thought. We forgave many things, offered fresh starts. How I wish I could go back in time and leave...sooner than now. I wish I had shielded my kids from the emotional emptiness and greed he displayed. They have suffered greatly due to his actions/words...and lack of availability. So have I.
A therapist pointed me to reading that brought to light a lot for me. We suffered for a lifetime from Cassandra's Phenomenon. It's basically like PTSD for those who live a life of fear, anxiety, emotion deprivation, etc. It will take time to undo.
It made me start to wonder...how many of us are in the same boat? Sex is rarely important, or wanted, to those on the spectrum. What started as weekly...became a few times a year, quickly became never. The ability to disconnect like that...how many are suffering as I did? I remember a few years ago, bringing the idea of aspergers to his therapist, and he disagreed. Really, my husband was just good at playing parts and appearing "like everyone else".
It was devastating to know that the marriage has all been a lie...even what I thought was love. I truly hope that one day I will know real love and that my kids will see past this...to what a real marriage should be.
#1 - in all my time here I have never seen a post from someone who got out of their ILIASM deal come back and say - "well that was a rotten choice and I wish I was back in my ILIASM deal". Mostly they say - "I wish I'd left sooner". #2 - by getting out, you have given yourself a shot at (quoting you here) "will know real love and that my kids will see past this...to what a real marriage should be". No such shot existed whilst you were ensnared in your ILIASM deal.
I think that you are going to go great in your future Sister tiredofbeinglonely , but it won't be painless.
Post by tiredofbeinglonely on Apr 24, 2020 10:36:14 GMT -5
True words Baza.
Last night, my daughter wrote something powerful to me: "Mom, I never thought you were weak for staying. I thought you were strong for fighting for us...and making each day as amazing as possible despite him. You showed us your strength everyday...because what he put you through would have crushed most people. You held up yourself and all of us!"
I look forward to life where I don't have to be strong...I can just be happy and content. I would rather it isn't alone. I love people...i love life...i love love. To be honest though, I am tired of being strong. I am tired of constant anxiety over what he might do next. I am tired of making excuses. I am tired of going without. I am tired of having all of my needs take a backseat. Just tired.
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petrushka: I've no idea what it is with the toilet paper hoarding. I walked out of a supermarket yesterday and saw a woman with the jumbo sized trolley and some 4x 18 roll packs of toilet paper. Nuts. Completely nuts. Incidentally, a bidet is definitely the way to go
Mar 14, 2020 6:18:43 GMT -5
petrushka: Even her little 5 or 6 year old was questioning her purchase!
Mar 14, 2020 6:25:44 GMT -5
petrushka: One of my favourite quotes for the last 30 years: "don't ever look a sheep in the eyes, the intellectual vacuum may suck your brains out". Well, let's all drink to the sheeple! (besides, alcohol is a good disinfectant).
Mar 14, 2020 6:31:26 GMT -5
frednsa: so...............i'd like to tell her when she "attempts to placate me": have you ever been invited to a party where you knew for certain that you WEREN'T wanted ?
Mar 19, 2020 15:57:05 GMT -5
worksforme2: Former Miss Hawaii tests positive. Being the gallant lad that I am I have offered her the use of my guest bedroom to "shelter in place"..
Mar 23, 2020 20:34:21 GMT -5
worksforme2: Hey tamara68, there is a covid19 positive cat in Belgium, watch out for it.
Mar 30, 2020 14:05:56 GMT -5
tamara68: @worksforme I think I have to be more careful for all infected people. Most likely I already have Covid19
Apr 1, 2020 3:29:42 GMT -5
worksforme2: tamara68.....it's been a couple weeks since you posted you may have the covid19 virus. hopefully you are feeling better and are on your way to renewed health
Apr 11, 2020 5:31:38 GMT -5
tamara68: @worksforme thanks, yes I am feeling better. How is it in the USA?
Apr 14, 2020 1:57:26 GMT -5
worksforme2: some better and some worse,..virus seems to be slowing down, but people are beginning to refuse to stay inside,...worst thing I see is Biden leading in the election poles,...but that could be fake news
Apr 20, 2020 16:56:22 GMT -5
mirrororchid: Politics? Is that what we want to happen here?
Apr 21, 2020 6:21:24 GMT -5
petrushka: Certainly not American style politics. Toxic echo chambers.
Apr 23, 2020 16:21:52 GMT -5
petrushka: However, I feel that sexual politics, including political moves that impact the relationships between gender (misogynist, misandrist, etc) definitely deserve room in this context.
Apr 23, 2020 16:22:59 GMT -5
fred: just calculated that i've spent somewhere near 19,000 days (& nights) as a "rejectee".AND that allows for 2,000+ days (& nights) on business travel apart from her. i've chosen to "stay" .....would never do that again, and can't as you see doing the math
May 15, 2020 18:01:15 GMT -5
worksforme2: 19000 days and nights,....damn dude, that's 52 yrs.
Jun 17, 2020 9:19:10 GMT -5
fred: you're a little short works - was thinking this AM, there has NEVER been a day when she indicated desire for me physically (other than for heavy lifting or finance)........LOL...........earlier, i had enough libido for both of us, now i'm left with guilt
Jun 20, 2020 13:11:12 GMT -5
fred: over imposing myself on her rather than simply leaving .....DAMN LOVE ANYWAY !
Jun 20, 2020 13:12:12 GMT -5
mesulina: update everyone, still has not happened. I have now come to accept that I will live with out. It is just different now.
Jun 29, 2020 19:32:31 GMT -5
worksforme2: Sorry mesulina,... but on the positive side you did stock up on toys a short time back,..now might be the time to go for the gusto
Jun 30, 2020 17:42:54 GMT -5
grower: Embrace a change, you will wonder why you waited so long
Jul 9, 2020 11:22:56 GMT -5