I started to write last night before bed, but all I could muster was this heading: Pain.
So I shut my laptop, and set my mind off into space, where ethereal imaginings take shape into dreams that lift my spirits and transport my mind to soothing pleasures.
It’s Wednesday, and I haven’t worked much today. I’ve been procrastinating, in a sense. My mind is preoccupied, my heart is knotted. Gabriela and I broke up, officially.
In my mind we really broke up in December, and since then I’ve been extremely distant and cold, because I was emotionally exhausted from the first year and a half together. But she persisted, and recently I’ve beginning to have a change of heart.
Trying to distract myself from this gnawing emptiness/ pain that’s clenching at my insides.
It’s amazing how emotional I can become. Like 0 to 100.
But I still feel numb. It’s weird. I could probably shut it off, and just totally detach. But there’s this part of me that doesn’t want to, or is afraid to, or enjoys the pain…
I know I can totally detach. But then it’s like gone. I’m afraid if I detach, I let her go and any possibility of things working out.But it’s likely way past that possibility anyway.
It’s childhood issues. Tangled knots that I’m still working out.
I hate playing the parent/childhood card, but I’ve gained some self awareness about these coping mechanisms.
It’s generational baggage.
My parents were very detached growing up.
I was raised to be completely self reliant. I was raised to not depend on anyone, not even my parents.
Every time I did, the rug was pulled from under me.
Things that were given were taken without a moments notice. Love and warmth one moment was anger and coldness the next.
I learned not to rely or depend on people for anything.
It wasn’t a conscious development.
When someone gives and then takes, the pain of that absent comfort leaves a deep impression.
If you don’t want to suffer, do not attach yourself to people or things. Do not expect things from people. Do not rely on them for comfort, otherwise you will find yourself disappointed and alone. Better to comfort yourself.
This is great in many respects. It taught me the power of self reliance and responsibility.
The unfortunate consequence is that I’m detached and indifferent and often insensitive.
In intimate relationships, this is confusing and disorienting. It’s not the way a healthy loving relationship should be. Dependency and communication are normal.
I should be self aware to realize these things and change them. And I have in many respects.
But my default is to push people away. My default is to create distance.
This is not the sign of love.
But I have love. I have a lot of love. It only seems to be present on my terms, however.
I don’t know how to undo this type of programming, other than to find someone who loves me enough to work through it.
I think that’s what the ideal relationship does. They provide a safe space to cultivate a loving relationship, by challenging with patience and love and understanding.
I don’t mean to dramatize the whole thing. These are intimate facets of my being. I don’t know if there are other explanations I haven’t explored.
Perhaps it’s not a helpful narrative. It’s just the best for explaining why I am this way, because it confuses me.
Her and I are extremely similar I this regard. Trauma bonding.
People with similar backgrounds find each other, their coping mechanisms resonate. Sometimes this creates beautiful harmony, and sometimes discordant dissonance.
Her father was an absent alcoholic. She’s developed similar coping mechanisms.
She’s extremely emotionally needy. The first year of our relationship I poured myself into her, and basically felt like garbage.
Then I had to draw boundaries, and we broke up.
But she persisted. And I allowed her back into my life.
The past six months she’s poured herself into me, and I was distant and hard to love. I created super large boundaries to protect myself. I didn’t want to be in a relationship like that, but she loved me and just persisted every day.
The past month or so my heart was softening and I began reevaluating things.
And just when I began to soften, and reciprocate with love, she said she was so worn down that she lost feelings. And then she met this guy in London last week and had sex. And apparently he made an impact on her. And now she wants to move to London and dance at the Royal Ballet, and will be auditioning in a few weeks, and be back with him.
She said she’s worn down, and confused, and she can’t have a relationship with me.
I understand it all.
But now its like the tables have turned, and I feel vulnerable, like I don’t want to lose her, like we were just about to find new ground.
So it’s all very confusing.