Life today is actively focused on what we see outwardly, rarely do we see past the external. Social media has taught society that a happy profile equals a happy fulfilling life. Smiles on social media profiles are a little like the perception of advertising. Big bright sexy smiles on products lure consumers into the belief that they will be ever so happy and satisfied once they purchase THE product, whatever THE product may be at the time.
To put an advertisement together one would expect it to take quite some work. Hours of take one, take two, take three…… until finally the advertisement is perfected and suitable for viewers. Make up is re applied, hair is touched up and actors are directed by the director for each shot. We see the final product without seeing the days, weeks or months it took to put that advertisement together. Editing removes the imperfections, the mistakes, the bloopers that were not a part of the script.
In the real world we don’t get to edit our mistakes or regrets. That which has taken place in our lives cannot be wiped out. We eventually have less attachment to the past as it fades with time however we are impacted in some way or another forever. The past carries our between takes and behind the scenes sweat and tears. The people who are closet to us know our story and the further away a person is to our lives the less they truly see. They are usually the people who get to see the final product without the knowledge of what actually took place for years prior to a persons happy social media profile. From my own experience I can honestly say that I have uploaded profiles onto social media at times in which life sucked…only those closet to me knew what was really going on behind my carefree profile picture.
As my life has progressed along month by month following my marriage break up the smile on my face has not only stayed on longer but is real and genuine. I’m not having to hide a bunch of pain that used to be going on behind the scenes in my life. I had learnt how to pretend that everything was alright and on the inside I was dying a little more every day.
Pretending takes its toll.
I couldn’t pretend anymore. The mental and emotional parts of me lost the strength to be fake. It is as though they collided into each other ready to combust causing me to have what I can only describe as a nervous breakdown.
While we like to think we are strong enough to handle continuous painful situations there is a point in which our bodies say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Thankfully when I got to that point in which my body was screaming at me to do something I actually listened, finally I listened. That moment scared me! I had never quite experienced such overwhelming deep cries coming from within me, it was too powerful for me to control. It was these overwhelming deep cries that gave me the strength to pack my bags and walk out of the most unhealthy relationship. In times past I would have gone back for fear of life not working out believing that I didn’t have the ability to get anywhere by myself. Due to the nature of the unhealthy relationship there are occasionally moments I still have to battle with ridiculous thoughts such as; I wont ever be happy as I left my marriage and therefore I am doomed for failure, as though I am in the wrong that I didn’t stay and continue being treated far less than any human should ever be treated.
I was led to believe that as a god fearing person I should stay with my husband and submit. That if I only continue being the wife that this man needed he would eventually change and start treating me right.
That never happened….
When you are in the midst of an unhealthy relationship it is so damn difficult to get yourself out. As I look back over what my life was then to what it is now I am so thankful that I finally listened to myself and did something about it. I started all over again with nothing. I did have great family support and assistance however I still had to pick myself up and get past all of the brainwashing that had got me believing that I didn’t have what it took to make it. That unless I was still with my husband I wouldn’t be able to make it on my own. That my life would end up being more messed up without him.
Each of those lies have been exposed as what they are, just lies….
It is amazing what people will say to try and keep you stuck to them. It’s a little bit like false advertising. “Stay with me and life will eventually be incredible, leave me and your life will be in ruins”….
To that I say “I left and life is becoming incredible, had I stayed any longer I would have been ruined”…..