No Longer Afraid of Facing These Feelings

I have been married and divorced twice and have had a series of relationships, from age fifteen to fifty, in which one would end and the next would begin.

Eight years ago I realized that I needed to not be in a relationship and to work on the early trauma and abuses that had set me up for believing that I was nothing if I was not in one. I counsel regularly on a whole host of feelings about not being in a relationship, such as, “What am I if I am not trying to live up to someone else’s expectation?” I am determined to reclaim feelings of joy for myself, from myself.

I have just begun to skim the surface of the pain and suffering I endured as a little girl and am noticing the distress recordings: I almost never eat without thinking of how it will affect my appearance. I am almost never “not looking” for a relationship. I think about how the active lifestyle I lead is “attractive” rather than choosing it because it brings me pleasure. I struggle with not knowing what to do with my life if I am not trying to gain someone’s approval, love, or acceptance.

The good part is that I am no longer afraid of facing these feelings.

Mary (Pearson) Klausen

North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Reprinted from the RC e-mail discussion listfor leaders of women

(Present Time 190, January 2018)

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