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Letting go...tearing down walls.


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

I've had a lot of anger in me for a long time. I've been angry at my parents for various mistakes they made in the past, ones that I felt hindered my progress and had a lasting impact on who I became as an adult. I've been angry at Husband for all kinds of things. I've been angry at former friends who turned out to not be the greatest friends in the world. I've been especially angry at Husband's family for the many years of abuse and ostracization they put me and my family through ("my family" being me, Husband, and Daughter). As a result of all this anger, I have put up a multitude of walls around me, both literally and figuratively. I've blocked people out of my life in every way that I can. I've blocked people on my phone and on social media websites. I pretend I don't see them when we're out (whether they see me or not, I just pretend I don't even notice they're there). I have even created a wall of fat around my body; unknowingly made myself physically unattractive, subconsciously hoping that my extra weight would keep people away from me. It's all worked.

"Worked" is such a funny word to use to describe it, though.

I'm at a point in my life where I have very little, as far as people. That has been both a blessing and a curse. While it's nice to be away from drama, I've also not really been around people. I'm absolutely TERRIFIED at this point of making new friends, or allowing anyone, new or old, to enter or re-enter my life. I have been so badly burned that I just have what feels like a primal, feral response to people. I just don't want them around. I guess I've turned into a bit of a grinch.

However, I'm not really like this. I'm not a nasty, spiteful, grouchy person. But I think I'm becoming that. I think I could easily turn into one, and that it could stick, and just get worse and worse over time. I don't want to be that way.

I'm trying to learn about forgiveness, and about letting go of anger and resentment. It's not easy. I've been telling myself for years that I wanted to put everything behind me, but now I really and truly feel like I can. I don't know what happened. I don't recall there being any specific change, or moment of clarity. I've just been thinking about it for some time now, and it just boils down to this:

I'M TIRED OF BEING ANGRY.

That's it. I'm exhausted. I don't want to be angry anymore. I don't want to be full of bitterness and pain and sadness and anger. I'm not suggesting that I'm going to walk up to the people who've hurt me, family or otherwise, give them a huge hug and then become best friends with them. But I am wanting to lay everything down, once and for all, and WALK AWAY FROM IT.

I just need to let it all go. Right now, I'm honestly full of anxiety and stress, but for the first time in a long time, I feel a little hopeful. I feel like, one way or another, through forgiveness or merely acceptance, I will be able to lay things to rest once and for all.

I undeleted my SIL and my nephew from Facebook. I accepted my niece's friend request that she sent me ages ago. I sent that same nephew another request. I just thought it would be easier on all of us to just part ways, but they're just kids and I wouldn't want Daughter's aunts to be deleting her from Facebook, no matter how mad we were. I thought I was doing the right thing for everyone at the time, though, I really did. But perhaps maybe that was a mistake. I'm sorry for that and I'm trying to rectify it and make it right...at least "fix" it a little bit. Somewhat. I just don't want those walls to be up anymore. I really don't expect anything to come of it, but I needed to do this for me, but also for them a little bit. I just wanted to take down some walls. For me anyway, that's the first step in me being able to move forward. I need to just be able to forgive and forget. I'm learning that doesn't mean saying everything is fine and we'll act like nothing ever happened. It's just releasing that person, and yourself, from the prison of anger and resentment.

I so badly...so very, very badly...just want to let it all go. It'd be great if we could all be a family again. But right now, I'd just settle for some civility.
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BEACHCALSIX 8/7/2014 12:54PM

    This is what I've been trying to do as well. I have this really bad habit of pushing all my friends and family away, never hanging out with them and distancing myself. I've always wanted to be isolated, alone especially with my weight. I am trying to get rid of negativity in my life and anger and try to find happiness in every day.
They say the greatest revenge you can do to someone is to be forgive and be happy. It's crazy, but when you break up with someone they want you to be angry and hurt and upset. Being happy makes them upset lol. The only person you hurt is yourself when you're angry. People will notice and maybe try to change but I've found people are much more likely to change and be receptive when you are positive towards them and happy. They see your happiness and want to keep that happiness going and reflect it back.
I got in a really bad fight with hubby last night. I was tempted to just be angry and do some mean things to him but I've decided, why damage the relationship more? Instead I'm going to work towards fixing the problem positively and try to move forward. Sure I'm upset but I will talk with him about it calmly when the right time comes. Great job reaching out on facebook, that's a great step!

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JLPEASE 8/6/2014 4:33PM

    Interesting blog. It sounds like you have been thinking about this for a long time and what you say makes sense. I can especially relate to the part where you talked about building a wall of fat around your body to keep people away. I have done the same thing! It wasn't intentional, but I think it was a defense mechanism to keep people away.

You have made some good steps to reconnecting with those you feel have hurt you, and that's a start to maybe finding the peace of mind that you so richly deserve.

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RONNIEHUEY 8/6/2014 1:40PM

    Good luck!Have you thought about counseling/support groups for anger issues etc.?If you don't have insurance,try the yellow pages for free/low cost counseling. emoticon

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