So it’s been months since I have posted on here or my other blog. But things are changing, and I have need to speak out. This is the one place I can post my thoughts for others to see, and none of my co-workers or friends have access to this page.
Work has been rough lately. With all the re-structuring, state re-licensing and all that, I have not had one peaceful thought for the last few weeks. In addition to this, I have said good-bye or am in the process of saying good bye to four friends.
Friend #1 is my ex. I had to say good bye because he couldn’t have a healthy relationship with his wife AND me at the same time. For God’s sake…he left me roses on Valentine’s day. What does that make me to him? His mistress? Then there is the “rape culture” factor. Not only did he take “no” as “yes” when I was drunk, he completely disregarded the fact that I could state when sober, “If I’m drunk and say ‘yes’ the answer is still ‘no.'” I was basically his sex toy for years in exchange for trinkets and movies and shit. Problem is I was so dumb to the whole fact that I never took into account that I was going through perpetual rape and reliving my actual rape from years previous by someone who took advantage of me while I was drunk. When I finally realized what was going on, I started avoiding calls and hanging out. I made rules and compared my ex to the guy who raped me while I was drunk and told him I was feeling the same way over and over again each time the occurrences happened. And then within the last week, I decided I was done with it. All of it. I sent one single text saying, “I can’t be friends with you any more. It’s time to end this.” I had tried to stop being friends before, because for a while he was as shitty as a friend as when he was my boyfriend. But I would always chew him out before I told him I wouldn’t be friends. This time, I offered no explanation and kept it to two sentences. Apparently he took me seriously (via mutual friend source), and I’ve been sticking to my guns on this one.
Friend #2 is a friend who decided to join the Army. Good on him. I mean it. But it doesn’t mean I have to be happy with his decision. The worst thing about it all is that I began developing feelings for him, and then I got a rude awakening with his announcement he was going to MEPS and was going to be shipped out right after. I had one week to cram in as much possible time with him as possible. And then I botched the whole, “I have feelings for you” speech I was so carefully rehearsing in my mind. I made up for it a couple days later. He didn’t say no. He just said, “let’s see what happens once I graduate from Basic and AIT.” Good news, he didn’t say no. Bad news….I have no idea what that is going to be yet.
Friend #3 is a friend I have worked with for years. Her mom passed away, and she went back home to Tennessee for the funeral and decided to stay there. She has SO much drama going on right now that I messaged her and let her know that with all my drama and all hers, that I had to unfollow her on FB for now until I could get my head on straight.
Friend #4 is best friends and old band mates with my ex. He is super special to me because we talk about anything and everything. He is the kind of friend that could look at me naked and keep on talking like I was wearing normal clothes because we just don’t turn each other on. He calls me his “nudicle” and vice versa. But he decided he was going to move to Nashville in August when his lease is up. Besides my Army friend, the thought of losing him is horrible.
Granted, I’ve been taking every opportunity lately to hang out with my female co-workers and invite them over or hang at their places. But the sadness is still there. I still mourn the fact I am losing friend after friend right now. I DON’T make friends easily, so when one moves further and further away, I continue to be at a loss.
It WILL get better though. I know that with having gotten rid of my friendly ex, I can finally look to the future. He had a bigger hold on me than I could possibly imagine. It will get better. All I need is a little time.