When I finally detached myself from my ex-husband, I felt a sense of relief. As I drove away from this stranger and his father my mind drifted into thoughts of living a life alone. I felt like I might be able to take care of myself, and maybe I didn’t have to have someone. I imagined living in a studio apartment with a few pets and being able to hang out with my friends. I had lost so many friends by this point that it was almost humorous to think about being an adult and meeting new people. I had been programmed to not make eye contact with strangers, and I spent a lot of time looking at the floor. I assumed that because of my mental anguish, that I was supposed to be that way. I began dating very soon after my divorce. I needed to rehabilitate my mind, and dating was the perfect way to distract myself. I didn’t know if I would recover from my social anxiety, but then it clicked for me. I wasn’t always socially anxious. I hadn’t always cringed at the thought of having a conversation with a stranger. I can fix this.
I dated only one man after my divorce. This man is one of the most kind and generous people I’ve ever met. I almost didn’t want to trust him because he was so kind to me, and I had grown skeptical of kindness. From the very beginning he made me feel like I was special. I used to think I knew what love was. I thought I had felt that gentle pull on my heart before, however I think people tend to confuse love and comfort. I had been in comfortable relationships before, but I never loved those people. I thought I did once, until I learned what love actually feels like. I learned that love isn’t gentle at all. Love is rushing and exciting. That gentle pull that I had felt before was nothing like the pull this man put on my heart.
I began spending outrageous amounts of time with this man. He and I spend so much time together that by the end of 4 or 5 months I knew more about him than I knew about anyone. When I looked into his eyes I knew he loved me more than anything or anyone else, and I loved him far more than I had ever thought possible. Before long, I had learned his mannerisms and what he liked/disliked, I knew it all. I felt like I had known him my entire life, and he felt the same. By this point, I was worried. I was worried that because things had been so utterly amazing that something bad would happen, but funny thing is that things are still great and it’s been a wonderful year.
I don’t know if meeting him helped me get over my previous situation, or if I was meant to find him and that awful marriage was part of my journey. All I know is that I’ve never been happier. I’m happy not because I need a man, but because I know I’m capable of taking care of myself. I know that if I need to support myself that I can successfully do it. I don’t need to be in a relationship, I want to be. I believe that is the key to happiness. The key is being able to feel free while being with someone, and if you don’t feel free what is the point?
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