Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Truth and Nothing But The Truth - Day 3

For the next 30 days, I am going to write the complete and utter truth about myself. Here is day 3

If you missed previous days, go here.

Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.

Because I am good at beating myself up, I have a lot to forgive myself for. I think the biggest thing I have to forgive myself for is the failure of my marriage. Its been 4 years since the split and my life has never been better. But I still feel like I failed.

I put up with his girlfriends (three that I know about), his mental abuse (mooing like a cow when I walked by, 8 months pregnant) and his lies at the end (he said if I went into counseling and changed he might decide to stay but he never had that intention). I put up with being the breadwinner, the full time mom, housekeeper, cook and handyman.

Why would I want to stay in this marriage you ask? Because he had made me think that I NEEDED him to be able to live a good life, that without him I would fail. I also felt that my mom would have been disappointed if I failed at my marriage.

I busted my butt in therapy to change for him.  Because he said if I could make him happy, he might stay.  I learned three things in therapy, one being how to recognize irrational and rational behaviors (mainly in myself), that major life decisions have to be made out of love for the people it will affect, and that I can only be responsible for MY happiness.  There was no way I would be able to make him happy when HE didn't even know how to make himself happy.  I am betting he still doesn't but he's no longer my problem.

I have forgiven myself for the failure of my marriage (most days) because I have a wonderful life that I have created since the divorce. Because of the divorce and all the trauma associated with it, I am a strong and competent woman.  I am a woman who knows she can make it on her own, doesn't NEED a man to make her happy.  But if I could find someone to share life with, I'm ready.  You hear that Universe?  I'M REAADDDDYYYYY!!!


  1. hopefully the universe is listening...smiles. and learning to be your own individual first is a good lesson...

  2. Aww amy, this made me sad that some man made you feel worthless. You sound so much better off without him, and you deserve a medal for putting up with so much! I hope the universe hears your prayer too - you deserve to be completely happy :)

  3. I am so glad that you have come from this a much stronger woman. You'll never feel second rate again!

  4. This is a great post. It is great that you have figured it out.

    and universse WATCH OUT!

  5. It is so great that you have forgiven yourself, even for something that was not your fault!

  6. Good for you, Amy that you have forgiven yourself.
    I'm so glad!! Great post!

    Happy Thursday!

    B xx


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