I think that I get what I can and can’t control. You can’t control the way that someone treats you, but you can control how you react to it, and sometimes your reaction is, “I can’t hang out with you,” and that is what I have chosen. It may be that at the end of February, that my ex and I do go to that show together, but that works well for me and I can even get a cab there if I want because the venue is a very short distance from my house. (I do really love where I live.) However, I can say with complete confidence that I won’t be going up there for any reason other than a complete emergency.
It is really wonderful that since I told my ex that I couldn’t even approximate dating because of the way that I feel afterward, she has really not said boo. She won’t this time, and I can tell, because I may not know her well, but I know exactly how she treats people. She may not even e-mail at the end of next month, so in that case, I will need to think of someone who should come with me. It really should be my friend who now lives in CA, but she is in an aggressive school program. I’ll think of someone.
Ultimately, she couldn’t control anything about me. Certainly she did aggressive and passive aggressive things to me, but those won’t happen anymore either. It was funny that she always told me that I wasn’t accountable, but I kept wanting to talk to her on the phone since the last time that I saw her and after my asking her three times when a good night was, but wouldn’t even say that she was too busy, but simply wouldn’t answer that question. I used to think that this stuff was gamey, but it was really just another method of controlling the situation.
I have all the hindsight that I need. Ever since she started her monthly break-ups, I have written. Each month I would try to make changes, but mostly what she wanted to change was something that I couldn’t and it was one e-mail that I sent (out of over 40) that she didn’t like because she said it sounded casual. That is so bizarre. Then what she did even after she wouldn’t talk about the e-mail in particular is throw up roadblocks. All of these left me feeling like I was being treated casually.
We never dealt with any issues or talked anything through. I don’t think that she can either. She can communicate anger really well, but can’t own when she is upset or work through anything which results in compromise. I watched her do this dance all the time with work situations, and it’s interesting that there are also people with whom she was extremely close in a personal realm who no longer speak to her. She can communicate clearly boundaries, and anger, but working through hard things with someone is NOT something that I ever witnessed her being able to do. Again, it’s her way or there is a punishing that ensues and does not cease. I would never want to be with her again even if she said that she would really go to counseling. I’m done.
It is so good to have all of this silence. And she doesn’t get into touch at all anymore, and somehow, I just know that she won’t. I can’t control her reaction to me if she runs into me by chance, but I can control my pleasant smile that I will give. I’m still so glad that I loved that deeply; although, there was nothing in that experience that I could control. That is the thing that I have yielded from this part of my journey. I can love fully without any guarantees.
God this sounds so much like what I went through wih my EX. Sounds like you have a very clear head and deserve someone who can meet you in that level. Being with someone who is angry and cannot deal with that anger properly is so toxic. Being a grown up entails handling sometimes uncomfortable emotions in a mature, collected manner – not tantrums, silent treatment, or passive aggressive behavior.
I hope that we don’t have the same ex. 😉 I just can’t believe that she could so well confuse me and make me think that I was the one doing all this to her and not being empathetic because she lost a parent. I believed that for almost a year! Looking back it was always something, but last month I was so kind and had no expectations but was good to her and she still managed to say all that stuff to me. When I got home, I finally had clarity. Thank you for reading.