Yeah, she said that things weren't good for a while (she said this post break up), but didn't go into details about what was wrong in particular, and why she didn't want to work on it. She said that she didn't want to work on it "now", but that we'd grow back together after we lived our separate lives for a while. As I've said, I knew something was up, and then found out about this guy... and I was NOT supposed to know about this guy... And now she's really pissed... (deflecting guilt)
I'm totally NO CONTACT - don't think I'd bother with her again, but there's definitely feelings still there. I won't be used as a backup (which might have been her plan). Strange that someone would do that to the love of their life...
My ex-gf knows that no one knows her as well as I do, and no one understands her as well as I do. I was with her before she had breasts! Back when she had braces, and would sneak out of the house to see me... Ah, those were the days... Things change...
"If stuff falls through with this guy she could come crawling back"
I'd be 90% certain that things are not going to work with this new guy, and that's not just wishful thinking... Will she come back, or make contact? Maybe, but I wouldn't say that will be for some time... if at all... although, it's hard, I'm sure, for her to erase thoughts of "us" from her memory this quickly... and if she's on her own, who knows what she'll do... If she does come back or make contact, she has a lot of explaining and apologizing to do...
Yeah, when I asked her what was wrong and she kept saying everything was alright, it might have been because she was fighting it, and knew that if she said anything, she might have been afraid that I'd leave (I doubt she thought that, but it's a possibility), or she might have thought that saying anything would hurt the relationship before she had made up her mind to end it. I guess she was conflicted. But she should have talked to me about things - that's the promise we made. And that promise is just as important, in my view, as saying "I do" on an altar.
Her father thinks that she's being an "* * * * * * * " and that he's worried about her because they're not really talking at home now, and that he thinks this is going to end badly for her. I fear that too, and wish I could help her or talk to her, but I just have to let her make her own mistakes I guess. You have to remember that she's only ever been in a relationship with me, from the time she was 16. She's very naive (the new guy is 39 this year; I thought he was only 37 before, but no he's 39), and she's very inexperienced. I'd like to think that this new guy is not just trying to get her in the sack. They don't know each other that long, and he knows that she's vulnerable. I know that he's buttering her up and telling her everything that she wants to hear right now. Also, her old friend (about 25 years old) got with a 40 year old man a few years back, and has a kid with him now, and when my ex heard about that she thought it was "weird"... Kind of ironic, wouldn't you agree?
As for emotions and their habit of catching up on you: my ex-gf kept everything bottled up inside her and then made a fatal mistake and went off the rails.. She's repressing emotions right now that she's going to have to face one way or another...perhaps it will hit her on her birthday in a few weeks time when I don't call her (we used to speak at the stroke of midnight every year, on both of our birthdays), or perhaps over Christmas, when I don't show up with a sack full of gifts that morning. Or when (if) she's being intimate with this new guy, and he doesn't hold her the way that I used to... Little things like that... That's what you miss...
Thanks, mtom12 - yeah, I'm totally baffled by how she was so callous and cold towards me.
Sounds like a few of us been here. The dumper moves on in thier head so it seems normal to move into another quickly whereas the dumpee, you and me, feels it like a bolt out of the blue and it hurts so bad. i am 10 weeks into this and the hurt still here, bets best as per lots of advice on here is to distance yourslef as much as pss, be strong and try to show it doesnt matter, dont endorse the new relationship etc etc. Loads of good advice one here and whilst lots easier said than done try to follow the advice
I guess there's some similarities there alright. We didn't really fight over the years at all, and we both thought it was a perfect relationship, up until recently anyway... She would get annoyed when I'd "snap" at her (which was an exaggeration on her part, but still it's important because that's how she felt). I'd also get annoyed when she'd snap at me, but it wasn't a big enough problem to bother me too much.
After our "break", she said that she hasn't fallen out of love, and just needs some "headroom". I would like to think that this was true, otherwise she lied the whole time. I honestly think it was a bump on the road, that got worse and worse over the course of the short break, and that the new guy coming into the picture certainly didn't help matters because she saw that moving on was possible... Y'see, the new guy was a secret, because she was just testing the waters with him, I think. The official reason for the break up, according to her, are my "actions" - which is ridiculous, because anyone in my shoes would have done the same thing; they would HAVE to do the same thing and approach her for clarity (after all, ten years is a long time). She made a terrible mistake, and I know for a fact that she's going to realize this soon... I think she doesn't know what the hell she wants...
Who's the "amazing guy" that you started to see just days after breaking up with your ex? And how long were you going out with your ex for? You were able to be intimate with another guy, how? I know you say that your feelings for him were gone and that you resented him. I just find that extraordinary... Would you describe your relationship as abusive? Because you said that he was giving you "hell everyday for everything you did". There was nothing like that in my relationship...
NGB, I was (am) in a very similar situation although you have a bunch of years on my ex and I. PM me if you'd like to discuss tips to make it through each day. I know how it feels, it's the most confusing/bewildering feeling in the world to think of someone you love with all your heart as someone who is inconsiderate and uncaring.
First and foremost, no new contact=no new pain. I've lived by that and it's true no matter how you slice it.
Second, it's not the sunniest advice but you need to remind yourself that no matter what connection you have or what you've shared, your ex is still another person, with her own thoughts, actions and beliefs...this is all her doing, no matter what you believe you may or may not have done to bring it about...it's all her decision, you didn't make her do anything. Let her live with her actions.
After the "guesthouse" incident (see original post for details), when I confronted them, she sent me an e-mail denying everything... If she's moved on, why did she send me the defensive e-mail denying everything?
Id say he saw it coming, most people see it, they just don't do anything (or can't do anything) to stop it.
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