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    Illogical and irrational and I canít explain it

    Iíll try and make this short.

    We dated 8 years ago with a big age difference. She wasnít ready for a serious relationship. We stayed close friends and were drawn to each other over and over again for brief periods of time, but never dated again. When she was about to turn 30 she asked me to marry her and I laughed it off because we werenít even dating. She found another man and married him about two months later. She was miserable in her marriage - even though I wished her happiness, she never expressed any love for him and complained to her mother and me about him. He cheated on her early, and she tried to make it work. She likes to drink - she caught him having sex with her while she was sleeping/passed out and told him never to do it again. When he did, she left him. During their marriage, she underwent a full hysterectomy due to ovarian cancer. The marriage lasted a little more than a year.

    While I had always held her at arms length due to her fear of commitment (she did marry him after knowing him for three weeks to beat the 30th Birthday deadline) I was encouraged by her efforts to make the marriage work and we began dating when she assured me she was older and wiser.

    I am her oldest and best friend at this time. She doesnít have friends from her childhood that sheís close with. She has a promiscuous past and a bit of a reputation, but we enjoy each otherís company a lot.

    In the beginning, I am cautious but happy. As things progress, I see that she appears to be very happy and in love with me. We get engaged on my birthday with her parents blessing.

    Suddenly she wants to slow things down. What? Become unengaged, or what? No, just slow down. Says she has unresolved feelings about her marriage to the cheating rapist (she described him as a rapist, not me). Red flags are going up and Iím not understanding whatís happening but I go along.

    She is on antidepressants and runs out of pills before her new insurance kicks in. I see her becoming increasingly depressed and then it happens. She writes me a beautiful letter telling me how amazing I am. The next day she says leave me alone and cries in bed all day. The next day she is over the top loud and happy and obnoxious at the bar. We both get drunk. When we come home (she moved in next door to me) she says sheís going to bed. Then I get a text asking if sheíll see me again tonight. Iíll be there in 5 minutes I say. She says no, her friend wants her to go get drunk. Iím pissed - sheís already drunk and itís midnight and she gets super wasted sometimes and I donít trust her to know where she is let alone who is pawing at her. She Uberís to her friends house and I send ty texts all night asking if sheís ok and where is she and how crappy it was to invite me over only to leave me hanging. Iím not usually a mad drunk but I was that night.

    Next day, no return calls or texts and Iím stewing. When she gets home, I try to talk to her and she says I canít control her and sheíll never change. Then she screams at me and talks to me like Iím nothing. I lose it and scream itís over demand my ring (donít take it) and storm out. I had hoped for her to be apolgetic and wasnít ready for this. I didnít want to say the words I was saying but I did.

    Went for a drive to clear my head and called my cousin. Within 20 minutes Iím pulling back into the driveway ó- and there is ex husbands truck. This is five weeks ago and she has refused to speak to me or see me since. I send texts trying to undo the damage but she doesnít want to hear it.

    When her mom found out what happened, she said oh no - sheís loved you forever. Donít give up so easy. If you want it to work, it will. Sheís had nothing but praise for you for all these years.

    The ex husband offered her a job paying her an outrageous amount for the work sheís doing. Heís staying the night NEXT DOOR 3x a week or more.

    I never said a word and I watched it all happen. I gave her time and space and figured sheíd figure it all out. Two days ago we finally talk for the first time. I tell her I love her, she says I love you too. I tell her I miss her, she says I miss you too. I kiss her on the mouth and she barely responds but doesnít pull away. I ask why are things this way and she says ďI donít get dumpedĒ.

    Her mom says give it time and sheíll see what sheís doing. I think being off the medication led to this but isnít solely responsible. Sheís always made clear how much she loves and respects me. This couldnít be more disrespectful and I canít figure out why itís happening.

    Itís a nightmare to look outside and see that truck parked next door.

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    Originally Posted by jhs011771

    Her mom says give it time and sheíll see what sheís doing. I think being off the medication led to this but isnít solely responsible. Sheís always made clear how much she loves and respects me. This couldnít be more disrespectful and I canít figure out why itís happening.

    Itís a nightmare to look outside and see that truck parked next door.
    Consider this a blessing even though it doesn't appear that way now.
    And you wrote so just here ^ Her words don't match her actions and this is so far from loving. It's hateful, heartless and cruel.

    Don't listen to Mom. She's an enabler and looking out for her daughter . .at your expense.

    She's turned her back on you twice now and says just enough keep you on a shelf so she can take you down at her convenience.
    I get it hurts now, but you will look back and be thankful.
    She's his problem, not yours.

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    I agree with Reinvent. This relationship is a mess.

    Unless you are unnaturally drawn to drama, I'd begin the healing process immediately and go NC and much as possible. It's pure insanity and shows no signs of changing.

    And yes. Stop listening to her mom.

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    Her mom's hoping to shove her problem (her unstable daughter) off onto you so she won't have to deal with her anymore.

    Not very nice, no?

    (I'm sure you'll say this isn't true.)

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    Sorry for the confusion and the pain.

    To not mince words, this sounds like a deeply unstable person and, in your shoes, I'd be doing some real soul-searching as to what's drawing you to this. Is it the feeling of being someone's savior? Is it the sense of strength that comes from being the safe space for a broken bird? Is it the shape of her body?

    Explore those questionsóinstead of trying to decode heróand you might discover some unstable clusters of cells inside yourself that could use some attention.

    Given how long you've known her, as well as your own history with her, none of this should really be a surprise. Yeah, she told you she's older and wiser, but words are hollow and her actions say otherwise, especially everything you describe about her marriage. That she got into that dumpster fire, let alone tried to make it workówell, none of that speaks to maturity so much as instability. That she's still tangled up with himówell, ditto. That her mother is out there doing her biddingóoof.

    I'm not saying all this to negate her feelings for you, or the special place you have in her life. Still, it sounds like she has no idea who she is, no idea how to be alone, and along the way has absorbed some real trauma that she doesn't have under control. Trying to be the salve to another's trauma is never a sustainable foundationóno, you just enable instability, as you've discovered. Great early, then great in spurts, then devastating, ultimately draining and dizzying.

    Rather than giving her time and space, I think you'd be wise to give yourself some real time and space. Let this go, which I think is something you needed to do long ago but never quite did, and tune into yourself. You're knotted up in something toxic and need to figure out why. A therapist will help you, at this juncture, far more than she can and probably ever will.

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    Cut her out of your life! She is emotionally unstable and a total mind fu$k!

    You need to address your co dependent ways. What draws you to this toxic dynamic? How much more does she have to disrespect you?
    Last edited by Hollyj; 03-29-2019 at 07:47 PM.

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    [QUOTE=boltnrun;7110309]Her mom's hoping to shove her problem (her unstable daughter) off onto you so she won't have to deal with her anymore.

    Not very nice, no?

    (I'm sure you'll say this isn't true.)

    For sure not true, as she wants her to come home every weekend for a visit, but I would agree that she sees me as the best hope for her daughter to land a decent man. I was thrown off by all of this - had not thought her capable of it (especially to me), but mom did not seem terribly surprised. I donít think mom has any ill intent, but certainly misguided and definitely looking out for daughter more so than me.

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    Oh, Iím in therapy now (4th session today). Signed up immediately. I think Iíll be fine once I wrap my head around it. Itís difficult to believe based on our history. I already know that saying you can forgive something like this would be exponentially easier than actually walking through it, especially when you know itís likely to happen again. My plan is to be healed up in time to be able to walk away when she does come back around, which she inevitably will. It hurts now and it will for a while, but I will get through it and she wonít get another opportunity to do it again.

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    Thank you. Your response is exactly why I posted here. I intend to get through this without taking her back because I do think there will be a time when she comes back around. I treated her too well - I do know that if I couldnít make her happy with the efforts I made, there is no way to do it. I donít think she loves herself at all - and sometimes I wonder how well I love myself when I let myself get into and continue feeling for her in this mess.

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    You've involved yourself with a walking train wreck, and you somehow expected a good outcome from that?

    Choose your friends carefully.

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