Try as I might to calm my active mind, I lean toward being an worrier and an over thinker. I worry about things I have no control of and have a low level of anxiety on a daily basis. To gain some false sense of control, I have historically thought myself straight out of all of my serious relationships in the past. I would find a ‘flaw’ that I couldn’t accept and would walk away without another thought.
When I married my husband just 6 months after meeting him I knew the risk I was taking. I realized that it could all go horribly wrong. I also knew that if I didn’t marry him right then that I would find a reason not to do it. I allowed myself to be hasty because something inside of me (inside of my heart) recognized that I had found a soul mate and I needed to commit. Waiting the socially appropriate amount of time to marry him absolutely would have been the end of us.
I grew up in a family and an environment that didn’t really see divorce as an option. So when shit hit the fan and my husbands addict wreaked havoc on our relationship, leaving him wasn’t really an immediate option. The marriage certificate kept me by his side when the easier and more familiar thing to do would have been to leave. In choosing to stay, I was challenging myself to find a way to forgive and love despite the massive obstacles. I learned that the solution wasn’t entire up to him. Marriage is a team effort and I needed to do my fair part. The result of this has been my incredible growth as a person. Growth that never would have occurred had I left. Change is never easy, but it is one of the most vital parts of a rewarding life.
It’s hard to say what would have happened if I had left, but I have a pretty good idea: 1. I would have stayed with my pattern of developing temporary, unfulfilling relationships. 2. My fear of pain and imperfection would paralyze me to move forward. 3. I would be alone by choice.
In my head I still recognized some very strong arguments why leaving would have been, and still could sound sensible. But to really experience all that this amazing journey has to offer I willingly take the less obvious path – I push myself to sit with the uncomfortable parts – and I am a better, happier and more fulfilled person for doing so. I still have many days when my brain wants to overrule my heart but I am finding more balance and more contentment every day.