At least one member of my family doesn't like that I write about my feelings publicly.
Sorry, not sorry.
This is a place for me to express the truth as I know it. My writing is meant to help myself heal. I hope my words are encouragement for any one else who might also be in my shoes. I have searched the web for stories to help validate my thinking, and feel I need to add my stories to the mix. If I can grow through this, I think anyone can. In the end, I know I really am going to be fine. In my heart, I believe I am going to be better than fine. I all ready see positive differences in how I am feeling and how my life is playing out. I didn't really know what being happy meant during my married years. I was always trying to make someone else happy, relieve stress for them, put out fires, make everything perfect. I didn't put myself first. I have not known what real love looked like between two people. Positive relationships are where two people enhance, and help the other grow. I've written about grieving before, but this summer is when I actually need to process my loss, let it go, and move forward. Physically I lost a relationship, but that relationship was not a healthy one. I was told again and again that I wasn't doing things, everything, well enough. I always needed to improve. I was not enhanced. Looking back now, I clearly see the flaws in that relationship. Hindsight is 20/20. Today, physically I am great, but emotionally I am a work in progress that grows stronger with each passing day. On the surface, I know I look wonderful. All the work I need to do is on my inside, and only I can do this work.
People who have NPD actually target their supplies. Believe it or not, NPD's have very low self-esteem, which they project onto others, and they need to feel powerful. They choose a partner/people in their lives, from whom they can benefit. I was hand picked, and I played my role perfectly. My own self-esteem has suffered due to my marriage relationship. I have spent the better part of the past two years feeling I have failed in my marriage. Actually, I didn't fail. I am, and was, an amazing partner. My ex's story is that we drifted apart. We didn't, and it still annoys me that he said that, and tried to get me to believe it too. He chose to break our commitment. Cycles repeat, just like history. NPD's cheat because they believe they won't get caught. How do you define cheating? "Vitamins" from California to enhance a hobby maybe, because one race official suggests supplementing workouts? I am asked periodically if I have proof of my ex's infidelity. I do. I just didn't want to believe the signs. Little lies...the friend he claimed to be with, who wasn't even in the state, his broken friendship...which he claims was because of me...how ridiculous. Pretty sure there was a female involved in that crossfire, but it wasn't me. The midnight run out of the house to help a "friend" I didn't know, coupled with the anger, at me, for waiting up until 2 a.m. and asking if I could help when he returned. Others saw the signs too. I know it's hard to tell someone when you suspect their spouse is not behaving in an appropriate manner. I don't fault others for remaining silent; it wasn't their place to get involved. Please friends know this truth: the past few years have shown me how honestly strong I am.
This summer I am allowing myself to grieve. Teaching has kept me busy for the past 10 months, it's time to heal, and move forward. Frustrations occur at times, and tears follow. I need to grieve the loss of my dream to be in the "perfect" marriage. Three years ago I really thought I was living my dream. Silly me, why did I think I had just one dream to dream? How limiting!!! I am told I am an inspiration. This surviving a divorce was NOT the inspiration I hoped to be for others. It was not one of my life dreams. I thought I wanted to be the "perfect" wife. Now I see my dream should have been, and is, to be the best me I can be, for me. Independence is not such a bad thing. However, even the most independent souls need to ask for help now and again. I don't think I can ask for help just yet! That might be on next summer's "to-do" list. My brother told me I have trouble asking for help because I am a Scubelek (my maiden name...pronounced Scoob-a-leck). He wisely noted that as we grew up, Scubelek's were people who helped others, we didn't need to ask for help. I cannot help but share my happy spirit. THAT is just who I am. I am working on believing I did the best I could in my marriage. I truly am happier now. There was a negative aura that resided too close to my soul and it was dragging me down. It has moved on...far away from me. Thank you negative aura for giving me all the wisdom you needed to share, but I am done with you, and I now release you. Goodbye negative aura.
Two of my dreams have been to be a mom and a teacher. Both goals I have successfully achieved! We are complex souls, capable of having multiple dreams to strive towards. We need to always believe in the potential to reach our dreams. Positive thinking is powerful. I do dream of being in a serious relationship with one person again someday, but I don't think I'm healed enough for that yet. I'm scared. What if I get hurt again? My goal now is to be truly comfortable with speaking my mind and having my voice be heard. I continue to cherish all my relationships. Friendships are so important in helping us reach our full potentials in life. Perfection has many meanings in my book, and I see my life is filled with perfections!
One last thing...I still believe in romance. #hopelessromantic I thought maybe I've lost this piece of myself. But, alas, once a dreamer, always a dreamer.
~Lisa Kroll, still eating, praying, loving, grieving, letting go and moving forward
"Loving myself the way I want you to love me" - Katy Perry, Love Me on the Prism album
It's no surprise that tonight's blogging music has been Katy Perry's Prism album. Some day I dream of thanking Katy in person for sharing herself through her music.