I have most definitely entered a new phase in my life. In all honesty, it may be the most difficult one yet. That’s right, more difficult than even the devaluing and discarding phases of being with a narcissist. I am an expert on that as I have experienced those phases multiple times in the last several years, having divorced a full-blown narcissist a little over 5 years ago followed by dating and breaking up with another one almost immediately after that.
The new phase; I like to call it nothingness. It is a place that I never thought I would be. My life prior to and with my narcissistic ex-wife was pretty full, almost overwhelming, with non-stop activity and excitement. Clearly, that came to a screeching halt during the devaluing and discarding, but hey, at least she was around during that period and SOMETHING was happening. Same thing with Susie, the woman I dated on and off for over two years after the divorce. I say on and off because, since she too was a narcissist, she walked away from me several times only to come back again, four times to be exact during that two year span. Again, the time with Susie was a whirlwind, always on the go with additional unfulfilled plans drawn up and waiting.
Then, everything changed. After Susie, something became apparent, and I can’t really define it other than to say that the nothingness set in. In the last eighteen months since I stopped seeing or communicating with Susie, I have done essentially… nothing. Yes, I have dated (the exasperating and defeating online style which is where I found Susie too), but it has offered me no worthwhile fruit, nothing that I have wanted to pursue. It is as if I have lost focus, lost touch with what it is that I want, like I am living in some kind of fog. Maybe I have grown gun shy after having been with two narcissists in a row… I’m not really sure.
Months of being alone. I NEVER would have believed that would happen to me, yet here I am. At first, I thought it was just a passing phase, that after a couple of months I would find someone else to at least do things with, spend some time with, but nope, just dryness. Sadly, all of that time alone has provided ample opportunity to think about the past, to remember the “good” times with my narcissistic ex-wife and Susie, and there were a lot of good times and memories. The bad memories tend to fade over time, but I do force myself to remember them if for no other reason than to prevent reaching out to my ex-narcissists. I’m glad to say that I haven’t made that mistake. Yet.
It also doesn’t help to watch my ex-wife carry on with her life as if nothing ever happened (yes, we still work at the same location and I get to see her and/or her current boyfriend periodically). We continue to act as if we had never met, not acknowledging each other or even making eye contact. It is a strange, even bizarre, situation and one that I continue to struggle with. But struggle I must, as I know I cannot engage with her in anyway. I will add, the last five years have not been kind to her and she has aged considerably (although, I suspect I have as well). It just adds to the nothingness.
I also struggle with the fact that I do believe in God (a higher power, whatever you prefer to call it). I know He can do anything at any time, and I try to be patient, but I also struggle watching the days continue to pass by knowing that I am not getting any younger. I simply try to maintain my faith and my hope, remembering the promise God made to Abraham that he would have a son, which didn’t happen until Abraham was nearly 100 years old.
The hardest part of this is that it doesn’t seem to matter how much effort I put into changing things. Nothing changes. Today looks just like yesterday, which looks just like the day before that, which looks like the months before that… they just run together. With that said, I am not depressed, I am not necessarily sad, rather I am incredibly bored and I have come to the conclusion that I just need to stop trying to force things to happen and let them happen. For a person like me, that is easier said than done.
I have said in many of my earlier posts that I needed to learn patience. Guess what? I haven’t been given a choice. I am being forced to be patient, accepting that I cannot change things to be like I want them to be. At this point, I am not even wondering who will enter my life or when. Instead, I am simply wondering what is next, and will I be smart enough to recognize it and seize the moment. I certainly hope so, because I NEVER want to do another 18 months like the last 18 months.
Patience, awareness, and acceptance are key for me right now (and that probably applies to just about everybody). I am hoping to soon be able to say, the more things change, the more they change.