I’ve been a pretty-quiet blogger over the past few weeks. When 2016 rolled around, I gladly welcomed the New Year. “Finally, a year of stability!” I thought. After years of long-distance, I was finally going to be in the same place as my boyfriend of five years. A few months ago he asked me to move in with him and we began the long process of job-hunting and figuring out how to fit all of my stuff into his little apartment.
Sure, it was a little scary to take this next step in our relationship, but I rounded out 2015 feeling like I was walking on clouds. “Bye, year of frustration and uncertainty!” I proclaimed as I sorted through things to keep and things to discard before my move.
Then he called me two and a half days before I was supposed to move across the country to be with him. He told me that it no longer felt right for us to move in together. He had told his family we’d be living together and they weren’t accepting of the news. Even worse, he suddenly felt that it would be “morally wrong” for us to live together. And that it was at odds with his “up-bringing.”
Suddenly, my boyfriend and best friend of five-years was some kind of religious conservative who felt compelled to trust a weird “knot in his stomach”over the commitment he’d made to me. What’s more, he’d never invited me to explore or experience his religion. In fact, in all the time we dated, I’d never once seen him go to church or ask me to try a church with him. And I’m certainly not willing to sign-up for some religious exploration under an ultimatum–especially not when I’ve already made so many life changes for him.
He somehow still wanted to date me but I’m not a glutton for punishment, so I told him that he sucked and have primarily referred to him as “Turd Ferguson” for the past couple of weeks.
So much for that “year of stability.” I doubt I’ll ever be able to understand how someone who has been my best friend for over seven years and my boyfriend for over five could so dramatically and abruptly push me away. But if I’ve taken one thing away from this, it’s that I thought I understood people and I actually don’t.
I thought my old company would be all like, “Wow that sucks but we’ve already replaced you. Good luck being destitute in your new city.” But instead they were incredibly compassionate. The CEO offered me a new position at the same pay as my old job and offered to pay moving costs for me to come back.
I wondered how I could possibly share this news with all of my coworkers, who had given me a lovely send off and congratulated me on the reason for my move. As I stewed over how to present this new change of plans in the least humiliating way, amy closest coworkers gradually started texting me to let me know that they were excited to have me return. I feel like they probably knew that I didn’t know how to talk about this, and they wanted to take the burden of first-contact off of me.
Even friends I haven’t talked to consistently in months or years, have let me know that they’re available to talk and that they love me. After five years in a relationship, you have a lot of shared friendships and that can make things tricky. But I feel like our friends have done a really good job of not picking sides while also acknowledging that this is, objectively, a shitty thing to do to someone.
So I guess I lost my best friend and the person I trusted most in the world. But this has also reminded me that I have so many other people in the world who care about me. In fact, I probably have a lot of relationships that I haven’t nurtured because I’ve spent practically all of my time and energy maintaining this long-distance relationship.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about a lot of questions that I can’t possibly have the answers to. Primarily: “How did this happen after all these years?” But I’ve dragged myself out of the house to see my friends for coffee anyway. They’ve helped me interrupt my cyclical, confused thoughts with phone calls just to “check-in.” They tell me not to blame myself or criticize my past decisions. Of course, I’m still kind of doing that anyway but it makes me feel better to hear from someone other than my inner-critic or now-skeptical-romantic.
I’m wondering what I can possibly do with my life now that the relationship at the center of it is gone, but I feel like the only reason I can still believe in relationships in general is that everyone around me has been so unbelievably compassionate. I know I shouldn’t over-generalize and it’s probably a logic fallacy and blah blah blah but my heart is broken and I am so completely blindsided that my little broken brain is doing it’s best to make some sense of this. So here is the over-generalization that’s been letting me sleep at night: If the world is full of cool people like that, then maybe there are other cool dudes out there who will eventually want to live with me and will not abruptly change their at the last possible second.
Plus as one of my friends so aptly put it, “at least you found out two days before you move and not two days after.” I can’t really argue with that.
I’m hoping to still post a little bit over the next few weeks or so, mostly because it makes me so unbelievably cheery to see all of your likes and comments and to read the things you write as well! After about a year and a half of the VSB, there are some things I’d like to revamp and some new topics I’d like to explore. But I don’t really have the energy to give those things the time they deserve right now. I still plan on binge-watching Fuller House and writing snarky posts about it, if only to trick myself into thinking that I’ve been productive when really I’ve spent the entire weekend glued to a computer screen. However, there’s a good chance I’ll be a quiet-blogger for a little while longer.
P.S.: I’d like to thank my mom for being the most awesome mom/pal/amazingest-person-ever during all of this.
16 thoughts on “Starting Over”
“Vivre, c’est naître lentement“ – “To live is to be slowly born” from Antoine de Saint Expuréy’s memoir (most will recognize him as the author of The Little Prince).
Living this life is truly painful at times – and joyful in the beautiful reminder of the friendships that really count – friends that have our backs no matter what, no matter when, who love and believe in us through the hard pain found in the wake of losing that which we once counted on and once knew to be true and good, that stay with us through our brokenness until we become whole once more. How fortunate you are to be held in the brace of your family and friends. In an earlier post you made a comment prompted by your viewing of Inside Out and perhaps, if I remember correctly, a basis of a Very Special Lesson – or at least I saw a Very Special Lesson in it 🙂 : “It shows how inseparable joy and sadness can be in – You said “the holidays” – I would replace it with the word ‘life’ to read: How inseparable joy and sadness can be in life. Take very good care of you,Very Special Blogger. I suspect we will learn more Very Special Lessons from you as you move forward.
Thank you 🙂 I’ve never read the Little Prince, but perhaps now would be a good time to check it out. I wish there was a very special episode for this particular mess. Too bad Nancy Reagan never championed a “war on turds.”
It is a good read with nuggets of wisdom throughout. Here is another of my favorite quotes from The Little Prince – “Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux” — It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Wow, that is a situation! I believe you’ll come out of this a stronger woman than you went in. Glad your job was compassionate.
Thank you for your kind words 🙂
Stay strong!!! Life teaches us many lessons and makes us ..US!!
Stay happy stay blessed!! 😀
Thank you for your support. Sometimes it’s hard to see the lesson in the moment, but I’m sure I’ll see it with time.
That’s awful 😦 I’m sorry. But if it means more VSB in the long run then I’d consider this a positive. The relationship doesn’t define you, how you artfully take down beloved sitcom episodes does.
Thanks, Ali! Your comment is so sweet and funny and just what I needed to hear.
That is a totally terrible thing for him to do to you! But it is so good that you have so many friends and coworkers who care about you to check up on you and help you through. Distraction will definitely help.
Yes, for once I’m kind of hoping to be a “workaholic” but only temporarily for distractions sake 🙂
What a kick in the pants! I’m sending a mental bag of flaming dog shit to the Turd’s front porch. I’m so glad your friends and coworkers are being good to you. Best wishes!
hehehe thank you so much for that mental image.
Hang in there. And remember – any guy who doesn’t want to shack up is a complete fool. I have been shacking up for 15 years, and it’s the best. Dating, and marriage, is for suckers. I can’t wait to see your Fuller House posts because I’m not sure I can stand watching it. haha! xoxox
I thought it would be the best too! Oh well. I’ll have plenty of time for fuller house. And I fully expect it to be stupid as hell, which is why I’m looking forward to it so much 🙂