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Old 04-20-2011, 05:42 PM
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Is it worth losing everything because there are things I donīt like?
I've found that if I can't accept that I might end up alone, then I'm not ready for a new relationship. It's only when I know I can be happy alone that I'm in shape for a relationship.

Those things you don't like can lead to the end of the relationship down the road AFTER you've invested more time and energy in it. That's a harder landing than if it ends in the initial stages.
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:50 PM
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. . . if I can't accept that I might end up alone, then I'm not ready for a new relationship. It's only when I know I can be happy alone that I'm in shape for a relationship.
This is brilliant! Loved reading this, thank you!
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:13 PM
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i hope you can find what you need and deserve in a partner or partners. It's hard enough when you're getting to know one new person at a time, but it must be even more so when there is a pre-existing couple dynamic to navigate in addition to the two new individuals. Wouldn't know personally, as I have never dated a couple or dated as part of a couple. I don't think it's worth it unless the couple really really has their shit together, and even then, one at a time is more than enough for me. I guess I'm just old-fashioned, LOL.
Yes, I think what Iīm finding more difficult is trying to understand their dynamics. I wish they couls just establish a new dinamic with me. I really think they are worth it, but letīs see hiw things go.
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:23 PM
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A couple of potential points here. One you can live without her and two being empty can be expected. These are human results. Allows your self to love but not be dependent. Imagine the pressure you are putting on the person you love.
I know I can live with her. I just feel I canīt. Itīs spo stupid, since I have been living without her for 30 years.
I have thought about the pressure I might be putting on her, even though I havenīt told her these. Itīs one of the things that make me feel very guilty


Bingo. Exactly what that exercise is supposed to help with. So now you know the root of why you feel insecure. You need to figure out how you fit, why you fit, and why she is in a relationship with you. That will go a long way to giving you confidence in the relationship...
Iīm really excited about thinking this through and trying to understand these things...

Confidence will keep building on itself. Accept the fact that these things happen and you have to learn to deal with them. Don't beat yourself up for feeling this way.
I loved these. Thank you so mucgh

Now I know I sound all calm and collected about this. But it happens to me too. I can go months feeling great and then have a downturn of insecurity.
Well, I canīt go months feeling great, but I have my ups and downs too. yesterday, I felt so insecur and scared. I was finally able to forget everything, and go on with my life. It was a much better day than I expected, and I feel so proud! I feel so strong! I really feel if things tirn out badly, Iīll feel very sad, but I wonīt feel completely lost. Iīm actually very happy about that. Letīs see how thing go later today
Thank you so much for your help

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I really want to thank everyone that has helped me through this. Iīm going to see her today and talk to her. I feel so much stronger. I donīt feel so alone and everything you have told me has helped me a lot. Thank you so much
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:28 PM
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I've found that if I can't accept that I might end up alone, then I'm not ready for a new relationship. It's only when I know I can be happy alone that I'm in shape for a relationship.

Those things you don't like can lead to the end of the relationship down the road AFTER you've invested more time and energy in it. That's a harder landing than if it ends in the initial stages.
Iīll try to think about that. I really donīt want to end this, but I know I have to talk about all this with them.
And as to being alone, I donīt know why iīm so scared, if I was alone for so long and didnīt even feel alone. I felt fine.
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:38 PM
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Good luck. I'm rooting for you. You're doing the right thing by talking openly.
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Old 04-21-2011, 03:55 PM
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Good luck. I'm rooting for you. You're doing the right thing by talking openly.
Ditto .. (that may be my shortest post ever)
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:21 PM
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While I think the three of you have great potential for a successful, loving triad, I also see great risk to you, of becoming grossly co-dependant on these people. That is not fair to them or to you, and it is not loving. If you really want to have a healthy relationship with them, you owe it to them and to yourself to deal with your depression and get ahold of this desperate neediness you seem to be experiencing. No one (or two!) can fill that for you, and it will only lead to frustration for everyone. Do not look to this 3-way relationship to solve all your problems! I have been extremely lonely too but I know if I depend on someone else to rescue me from that, I am going to be "too much" for them. Make some more new friends! Let these lovers be the proof you need, that you ARE lovable, and put yourself out there again, for friendships. I think the more you broaden your social circle, the more special this triad will be for you. And -- the less fearful you will be of it ending.

Ugh, I hate to sound negative, when I really see a lot of good potential for you 3! But as a recovering co-dependant myself, I felt I had to speak up. Best wishes, and welcome to the forum.
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Old 04-23-2011, 05:09 PM
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While I think the three of you have great potential for a successful, loving triad, I also see great risk to you, of becoming grossly co-dependant on these people. That is not fair to them or to you, and it is not loving. If you really want to have a healthy relationship with them, you owe it to them and to yourself to deal with your depression and get ahold of this desperate neediness you seem to be experiencing. No one (or two!) can fill that for you, and it will only lead to frustration for everyone. Do not look to this 3-way relationship to solve all your problems! I have been extremely lonely too but I know if I depend on someone else to rescue me from that, I am going to be "too much" for them. Make some more new friends! Let these lovers be the proof you need, that you ARE lovable, and put yourself out there again, for friendships. I think the more you broaden your social circle, the more special this triad will be for you. And -- the less fearful you will be of it ending.

Ugh, I hate to sound negative, when I really see a lot of good potential for you 3! But as a recovering co-dependant myself, I felt I had to speak up. Best wishes, and welcome to the forum.
Well, I really appreciate your response. I AM very aware of these things. I am also actively doing something about my depression, and I know itīs in my hands to feel well. What worries me is that I hadnīt had a single crisis in over 2 years, and since december, I have had several.
I know I have to broaden my circle, I just donīt know how. I have been slowly improving, and I hope to be able to do so soon.
I know no one want to be with this clingy insecure woman, and I really am not that person anymore. Itīs just that this situation makes me feel so insecure and fearful, and I have to do a concious effort to not go back to what I did before.
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Old 04-23-2011, 05:30 PM
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Update...
I talked to her. I told her what I felt, that I wanted to tell him everything, I told her my fears and I told her I feel a lot of pressure. I also told her I didnīt feel I could go on like this very long.
She told me she doesnīt want to change anhything. She doesnīt want to tell him, and she says she canīt do anything more. She says she understands what I feel, but she just canīt change anything. She says itīs not in her hands.
She says she doesnīt want to lose me, and she loves me very much, but she canīt do anything to change this situation.
Well, at least Iīve got clarity now. I now what I can and canīt expect.
Several things happened that made me realize my place in this relationship. We were in bed, just cuddling. Her phone rang...it was her husband. She wanted to take the call, but was afraid my dogs would bark (I have a lot of dogs). So, she asked me to go to the bathroom and lock myself there with my dogs, to make sure they didnīt bark. I felt so stupid! Locked in the bathroom, nude, trying to make the dogs not bark, instead of being able to just be in bed with my girlfriend. I DONĻT want to be in that position ever again, and I donīt think this relationship will ever give me something different.
So, I have been thinking a lot, and I feel a lot calmer. yesterday was a sad and difficult day, because I realized I donīt want to be in this place anymore.
Iīm ready to let them go. I really love them, and I would love to be with them, but I canīt do everything alone. I feel as if everything was up to me. Iīm the one that has got to adapt to every situation, make all the changes, talk about how I feel, etc. I canīt do it. If they arenīt willing to change things to include me, I canīt do anything about that.
So, Iīm just talking things slowly. Iīm doing what I need to do to feel well. Iīm not going to continue to do heroic things to maintain something that is about to collapse.
I think maybe if I let things go, I will be able to recover at least part of the relationship. At least, I wonīt feel so much pressure, and Iīm sure I will be recovering MYSELF.
I donīt feel itīs fair to keep asking myself to make an extra effort, to swallow things, to not feel guilty or insecure or sad, when they arenīt really doing anything to build this relationship.
I think the relationship will just extinguish itself. But, I might be suprised, and they might just realize Iīm not willing to take this place again. Letīs see...
Iīm on my way now to see both of them. Iīm a teacher and we are going to have the first class since she discovered what had happened between him and me. Iīm scared and so tired. i hope the class goes well.
I also hope I have the lucidity to remember all that I have said here.
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