After comments/revelations made to me on my “relationship” post, few things that occurred around me and that I have noticed, I decided to share my story on this. Maybe it will bring hope or/and tell you that you are not alone. Maybe some won’t like what I will write here, but I don’t care. If it can help people, make them come out, talk, etc. Well my work will be done. I don’t want no one to live what I have.
I had my first “boyfriend” when I was 14. Lasted for 3 months, ended weird, him saying that I wasn’t his style anymore. But it was alright. Not so long after, I hooked up with a guy from his hockey team. A week after this guy pulled me aside saying that he needs to tell me the truth, he was only going out with me to piss up the other one. It worked. Done. I wasn’t mad, child “relationships” and he was man enough at this age to tell me the truth. I still am grateful that he did. If you read this, thank you.
After this, nothing really noticeable, but going from 15 to 17, I had a best friend. He was important to me. We got along very well. At some point, he was like this big brother. He was a year older. Feelings were starting to get in the way, on both sides. Even though a girlfriend of mine was putting herself in between us… and that he kinda liked it..all was fine. But there was this one night, when something almost happen between us. But I refused to go further, scared to lose his friendship and scared that it wouldn’t mean anything, since that girl was still in the picture. After this night, he disappeared. I never heard of him again. Never knew what happened. I was heart broken. The first heart broken moment in my life.
At 17, after a friend of mine was desperately trying to match me with someone, going through pretty much everyone she knew, I unexpectedly connected with this one guy, when she gave up on me. We passed an entire night, in a park, sitting on swings, talking. Within 2 days, we were in love, doing everything together. Never in my life have I met someone that understood and could put up with my bad temper like he did. So patient, loving, easy to talk to, etc. We were, in our group, the perfect couple that everyone was jealous of. Everyone envied us. And yes, even behind close doors, everything about us was still perfect. I think we never had a fight. But into our 8th year together, things changed. After so much years together, I wanted to start to think about us, our future. Maybe start with looking slowly for a house and after we’ll talk for the kids and all. But kids wasn’t an assurance and I understood, because his deceased brother had Down syndrome, and he didn’t want to go through this again.
What went wrong? He didn’t want to hear about the eventual house thing and everything that comes with it. Why you say, if everything was perfect? I don’t know. Never knew. As easy he was to talk to, and we were able to talk about our feelings and problems, as much he never wanted to tell me why. It frustrated me. Hurted me too. And after the one and only jealousy crisis he made me, that was it. I was out. I left him after 8 years. Almost 9.I still regret my decision today.
So I needed to get out of this city, region, so I moved at 2h from my hometown. Lived with another man that became a life partner and my first nightmare. This “man” was mentally abusive to me. I rapidly went from 125 to 190 pounds from not being able to eat what I wanted because he won’t let me, and being always inside doing nothing. After a little less than 2 years, the abuse got worse. He even told me in my face that he cheated on my multiple times and with a very thin girl with big boobs. A couple months after, I had enough. Enough of his cheating, screaming at me all the time, degrading me…He was always on dating sites, and never hid it. I told him one night “I am leaving you”. That’s when he tried to hit me. Then he started crying like a baby, saying to not leave him, that we will get married and all. I said no. He tried to hit me again, this time his fist was at not even at 1 mm of my face. I was able to take a few things and go to a friend’s house. I have deposited a complaint for assault to the local PD. He is now not allowed to approach or talk to me.
This friend that helped me, a bond grew following those events. It ended into a 7 years relationship. A good one for the first 2 years… then it all went down. I am someone that likes to take care of the one I love. So I started to be taken for granted. He wouldn’t even do little things to me like getting me a Gravol when I was sick in bed. Wouldn’t wait for me to be well before asking me to “spread my legs”. I wasn’t able to get a long hug or cuddle him to watch a movie without having to “spread my legs”. When I was sick, each year I usually get a asthmatic-bronchitis, and started to cough during the night, he would tell me to cut it out because he was trying to sleep. Oh! I was giving a lot of presents from him. But that’s not what I wanted. Yes, I tried to talked about it, nothing changed. I sucked it up, trying to work things out. But my desire for him starting to fade, my love too. He was getting weird and disappeared a few times for “overtime” during weekends or weeknights. It’s possible, right? I never went through his phone or pay. At that time, I still trusted people, it was fragile, but I did. But him too, never left this one dating site.. and was still active… My heart stopped.
Then the last year went bad. I couldn’t do it anymore. But I kept “fighting” trying to make things work. But a friend that I started to talk to began to open my eyes: I am not happy and I already did everything I could. I started to think about divorce and all (yes, we got married…). But wasn’t ready yet.
Then this one morning, when I was getting ready for work, he ran upstairs with my iPad in his hand saying “we need to talk”. I knew what he did. He “cracked” my iPad password and went through all my texts with this friend, through every confidence I have made. “You cracked my password!?” I said. He said “no, it was easy to guess and I wanted to go on the internet”…. “Bullshit” I said, “You always use my laptop!” And it’s then that I had the final push I needed, “I am done with you, it’s over”.
He went through all kinds of emotions. I was relieved.
But we have a house together. We agreed to stay in it, to back each other up for the time we need. A couple weeks after, he got into a relationship with this coworker that I saw once. I was happy for him. But got suspicious. “For how long has this been going on?” Silence. He was looking at me like he was caught in the middle of a murder. After 30 seconds, “Oh! a week.” That was it, I got my answer. I got also my answer to those “looks” when we went to get that painting at her home. I got cheated on again. For how long? How many times? I don’t know. That’s also when he started being abusive. Accusing me of things I never did. Accusing the man I was seeing of stealing me from him. Threatening of sueing me. I had 2 important things in my life a this very moment, my dog Tahoe and my weekends with the man I was seeing. He started to aim for those important things. Cutting me from my part of a credit card, so cutting my gas to go and see this man. Then he refused to puppysit OUR dog during the weekends, saying he needs to see his girls and go out too. But she was at 15 minutes from home and Tahoe can stay 8h alone, and she can sleep at the house that he had all for himself! And me, I have to do 3h of road..
He refused more and more to stay with Tahoe. I had to bring my baby back to the breeder. At this very moment, that was it for me. One massive hit. I cried so much on my way back from the breeder, I had trouble seeing the road. I wanted to be nice, but he didn’t appreciate it, getting vengeance like a little kid. Since then, he kept threatening me, he tried to hit me once, sueing threats, threatening me of taking my car, name it. The house is up for sale now. But I lost my job and have nowhere to go.
After all of this, not talking about my professional struggles, bullying in school, hardships in high school, I am surprised I am still able to stand up. What I have described is not 1/3 of what happen, just the general facts. I am someone that when she loves, she doesn’t do it just for the kicks. I love hard and for real. I care a lot and I think that all of this is why I have been taken for granted. Why have I been played? I guess played and taken for granted goes with one another… Cheating follows..
And here I am today, struggling to keep my trust up. Keep my trust in the one I love, in the fact that I deserve to be happy and will be happy someday in a relationship. I try, try so hard. But I did in the past year had 2 anxiety/depression attacks that brought me in the hospital. Wondering if I am worth. Wondering, why me? I don’t think I ask for much. I just want to love and be loved, a truthful relationship with no lies and secrecy. A relationship where we are able to discuss our feelings and fears, where I’ll finally be his one and only girl that he would proud of. One like the one I have destroyed when I was in my hometown…
I was a very strong girl. Bad temper, always her head up. But I got at the end of my rope, broken. Trust, self-esteem, all gone. But for some reason my hope is still there. My hope that a “perfect” relationship exist. That I will find someday that special man that will cherish me as much as I cherish him. One that will only need me and not other random girls in his life. The one that hugs you hard and says “I love you, baby doll”… That misses me as much as I miss him when we are apart. The one I will end my life with, our house, our dog, happy.
Yes, I keep hope. A fragile one, but I still keep hope. Meanwhile, I try hard to work on my trust and self-esteem. Trying to keep my head up. But I did promise myself that if I am “rejected”, played, or whatever with the man that I love and adore right now, I am done with relationships. I am moving far (why not Cuba? ahahah), with a dog. And don’t anyone bother me ever again in my attempt to gain peacefulness, alone.