Saturday, July 23, 2011

New life part 1.

It's been a long time since I've posted. I wish I could say it was because I'm a flake and nothing more has happened, but a major life change happened on February 27. It was the day that marked my seperation from my husband. The blow was tremendous as the love of my life, the only adult relationship I've ever had didn't want to be with me.

The next few weeks were a haze, a blur. The only thing I can definitively remember, was directly after he told me and I calmly told him to take the kids out. I emailed my best friends, went out to get some chocolate peanut butter ice cream and calmly sat on the couch watching TV and fielding calls. Talk about shock. Shock was good though, it protected me, of course it didn't last and I spent the next few months piecing myself back together again, trying to keep it together for my kids and relying heavily on my friends to help me get through easily the worst period of my life.

Somewhere in April, I realized that I wasn't going to save this marriage and my ego kicked in that I wasn't necessarily worthless, that this might indeed just as much a loss for him as it were for me. In May, I started smiling again, genuine smiles and laughs, it took some effort getting into the right frame of mind to smile, but once there, I started to resemble myself again. I also realized that yes, I was going to make it through, it was going to be Hell for the next three years, but I'll survive and God willing, be a better, stronger person.

Its now nearing the end of July. There have been so many peaks and valleys I've lost count. Its been very difficult to write this post as 1. I feel like a fraud having given so much talk and commentary on relationships and 2. How to discuss a very painful part of your life without lashing out, sharing too much or throwing myself into a valley again. I don't want to use this blog to give all the gory details or run down my ex, I'd like to be honest, but diplomatic and use it as a vehicle for reflection and reaching out to others who might be going through the same thing.

So, that said, I do need to write, and I want to share this part of my life as I get through the next few very tough years ahead. My first reflection came at me from the moment I received the first of many calls from my friends. (Though I didn't know it at the time) I am very lucky. Insanely lucky. So lucky that it hurts when it comes to the friends department. They have held me as I cried, bailed me out as I put my van into a bus (long story, I'll share it some time), they have force fed me food, they have force fed me alcohol. They have given me support, places to sleep, husbands to borrow, babysitting and an amount and the kind of love that you see in the movies.

Truly, I never thought that I'd ever be so lucky as to have friends like this. EVER! I remember I think the second time I met with the mediator, she asked me if I could see a silver lining in this. I couldn't, not for a lack of trying, I just truly wasn't in the head space to think of anything remotely good (maybe except for getting to claim the bathroom all for and girly products took over like two days later). That said, once I was capable of smiling, I saw my community who rallied to pick me up. Not just my friends and mother, but my mothers friends, my friends husbands, my inlaws, some of my extended inlaws, nieces and nephews, brothers, sisters, school teachers and principals, therapists, my hairdresser. Every cloud has a silver lining, but my lining was diamonds because when I think back today, I am still overwhelmed by the love and support I have received from everyone. In fact it was a couple of friends who pressed me last night to write about this and to start blogging again. This isn't an easy blog post, it's very hard, very embarassing, very emotional, but I do know that if it weren't because of my friends, I wouldn't be capable of standing on my own two feet from time to time, let alone write a blog post about surviving this heartbreak.

So there you have it in a nutshell. Why I've been MIA and what I've been doing for the past 5 months. I can't promise my writing from now on will all be lollipops and rainbows, or even terribly consistent, but it will be honest and genuine.


Anonymous said...

So glad to see you writing again.

Cheryl said...

I am SO glad to see you writing. I'm still sending you love and hugs and letting you know i'm here for you, anytime you want me. <3

TT said...

Joy, I am so sorry to hear about this. I'm glad to hear you have such great support. Sending good thoughts your way.

Kate Condon

Bluefunk said...

Reading a new post from you is so heartening. You go girl!

Dawn S said...

Joy reading this makes me realize just how special you are and why I have loved you since we met one very cold day in January. Perhaps some day you will feel well enough to have your blog published

Jenn Gruden said...

I'm so glad to see you writing again Joy. Your grace under pressure is amazing. I'm so glad to know you for so many reasons!

Cecilotta said...

It's good to see you back in the blogging saddle. I love you!

Agent J said...

I'm glad to see you writing again; I've missed your posts. I'm so glad to see where you are now!

Anonymous said...

So happy to see you blogging again. Don't feel ashamed--I think you are one incredible, strong woman!!! And you are a wonderful writer.

Joy said...

Thanks everyone. I'm happy to be writing again and your positive feedback means so much. :)

Mom2Michael said...

As others have said - so glad you are writing again. Writing helps so much. To get things out and to share. Sharing your story helps you and helps others.

You are strong and beautiful and smart and you'll kick this experience in the ass.

Pamela said...

Joy, I'm sad to hear about your marriage ending and I can well imagine the tornado of emotions you've been experiencing. It's hard to "go public" when there are so many feelings to put words to, including those of embarrassment or shame.

I realize we're not close friends, despite our years in the same forum. However, as a fellow sister who has been broadsided by the ending of a relationship and the beginning of single mom-dom, I wanted to tell you that every emotion you feel in this new journey needs to be felt.

You are blessed to have a wonderful support network and I hope you will make full use of the resources they offer. It's good that you're writing again - you have a powerful and eloquent voice and your writing really reaches out to other people...other women in particular.

I wish for you strength to get through long stressful days. I wish for you laughter to get through long stressful nights. I wish for you grace and dignity in handling difficult situations, but never at the sacrifice of your true self.

Mostly, I wish for you happiness. Happiness in a way you've not experienced before. Happiness that comes purely from within you as you embrace this new journey. You have an amazing new life ahead of you...may you be blessed as you go.