Anyone else roller skate to this music?
I post love on my blog, on my social network page, and admit love to my friends.
It’s been very freeing and healing.
I’ve also been processing through past relationships with men.
Until last week, I saw myself as a real victim in love relationships.
In the beginning of my “dating” years, which actually started at age five, (No kidding; I always loved boys. My first “date” was at Keith’s house, where he introduced me to his favorite delicacy, peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches. I politely gagged.)….
In the beginning of my boyfriend-girlfriend years, I attracted very safe males: sweet, kind, friendly, and truthful. I was fortunate to have two boyfriends in high school (at separate times), after I moved back to California, that treated me with the up most respect and love. But something shifted at about the age of twenty. Perhaps it was being away from my extended family and not having a father that adored me. Or perhaps the shift was brought on by insecurities surrounding college or finally “growing up.” Regardless, at the age of twenty I began falling for whomever paid attention to me. For seven years my relations with men were bleak and tumultuous.
So often, in my twenties, the man I “chose” was addicted or abusive or both. I felt used physically, and was often dumped out like last week’s beer bottles—left clanging and spinning down a steep hill of depression. For years and years I blamed these men for their character and callousness. I cringed at the thought of these people not loving ME! How could they not? What was wrong with me?
A few days ago, I suddenly had a knowing. I suddenly saw in full picture, a truth. I wasn’t a victim. I wasn’t used and tossed out. There wasn’t a right person or wrong person in my sexual drama. I attracted men at the same level I was at spiritually and emotionally. (I had to leave out mentally, and just giggle. I was always smarter! Lol.)
But most telling, I realized at the center core of me the profound truth: that in fact I USED THEM.
In my mind I had thought that their “crime” was using me physically; and how could any crime be worse than that type of invasion? However, my crime was equal. I was a “villain” too. I used them. I chose to be with a man I didn’t like and didn’t respect, in order to not be alone. I used men!
Suddenly this ah-ha moment swept me away, and time stopped. I traveled back to a dozen relationships, and revisited and swept clean the energy attachment. Within seconds, I’d forgiven the men and myself. The labels were released. The words of scumbag, loser, liar, addict, etc. that I applied to the men, vanished. And then, presto, the labels slut, stupid, blinded, desperate that I’d branded to my energy field disappeared too! I began to see the men as other spirits on their journey. I began to see I was never victimized. I understood that using is using, whether it be of flesh or emotion. And then I released the using label, too. We weren’t using. We just were. We were existing, surviving, journeying. We just were. And so it goes.
(reposted from past entry)
The Dance with Don
(notice the tone of this…written before my ah-ha moment.)
The highlight of my dating career had to be the season I spent with the habitual lying, sexually addicted Don—a spineless man five years my senior who behaved ten years my junior. At first glance I’d fallen head-over-sandals in love with Don. The summer day he confidently strode through the Catholic daycare where I worked, I’d tucked myself halfway behind a shelf of books and drooled over his perpetually sun-kissed skin. He was everything I’d wanted, dark and handsome, and tall enough to look down at me with his bedroom eyes.
The times Don and I were together weaved in and out sporadically through a span of half a decade. When I first met Don he was separated from wife number one; when I last reunited with Don, he was struggling to patch it up with wife number two. I was the in-between, but one Don swore up and down he intended to marry.
The majority of our relationship played out like an ill-plotted soap opera, with me as the dimwitted, star-struck mistress and Don as the notorious villain.
There were definite reasons I stuck around. With Don came a familiarity of unpredictability. He was my locomotive, the one I could catch a ride on and speed through the world with a view I remembered—one of constant change and chaos.
For a long while, I’d do anything I could to win Don over. I’d forgive his shortcomings and mysterious disappearing acts, and demean myself in different ways.
In our first months together, when I was still hopeful, there’d been major red flags. Don had no home phone number or address. His scorned, soon to be ex-wife, had warned me to have nothing to do with Don. And Don’s truck was mysteriously breaking down, in an accident, short on gas, or had a flat tire, many of the nights he was supposed to be with me.
I was good at rationalizing his actions and taking his lies as truth. I found reasons to stay, like the fact that Father liked Don and that Don eventually showed up.
I was twenty-years-old and newly accepted into the teaching credential program at the university the weekend I learned of Don’s other woman. It was either the Saturday I’d scrubbed Don’s toilet, or the time I’d obsessively lined his kitchen shelves; no matter, it was the eventful afternoon I came face-to-face with a woman out for blood.
I’d been oblivious of course, hadn’t a clue Don had flirted with a seventeen year old outside of the construction site where he worked, slept with her, and possibly fathered her baby.
For some time there had been hints of another woman. All along Don had pushed back our framed photos or even turned them face down, forgetting to place them back up in their right position when I arrived. And I love you posters and cards I had made for Don had been rearranged on the wall or re-taped in another room of his cheap apartment.
The one of many climatic events of our relationship began with a loud knock at the door, an initially startling noise that momentarily displaced me, until I assumed Don missed another rent payment or lost another spousal support check. By the second series of knocks, I’d headed toward the front door, and would have unlocked the knob, if Don had not, in one swift pull, yanked me backwards by the tail of my shirt and whispered, “Don’t.”
It was then I heard her voice for the first time, a high-pitched scream to the tune of: “Open the damn door, Don. I know you are in there.”
I wasn’t that far gone in my oblivion love state, not to recognize the voice of another woman. With immediacy I scowled at Don like he’d taken my only prized possession, and pushed my palms into his chest, wanting to hurt him like he’d just pained me.
Don stepped back, taking my hands into his, and mouthing, “I’m sorry. I love you. I only love you.” He then released my hands and tugged down nervously on his neon-green tank top. “I meant to tell you. I swear,” he said, widening his dark eyes in remorse like I’d seen him do a dozen times before. “If I told you, if you found out, I was afraid you’d leave me. And she was a horrible mistake. I didn’t want her to be the reason we lost such a good thing. I love you so much. You know I do. You have to trust me.”
Before I could make up my mind about what to do, there was one final series of knocks, and the voice came again, only louder and more determined: “If you don’t open this damn door, I’m going to kick it down!”
What happened next still amazes me, and proves once again the strength that can be found in pure rage. Within a few seconds of her last knock, there was one heavy kick of her foot, followed by several more, and then, without warning the door broke off of its hinges, the side paneling splintering, and the whole of the door slammed down inside the apartment.
There, amongst the settling dust, in marched a skinny girl, no taller than five-feet, cradling a screaming newborn in her arms. Boiling with revenge, she charged Don like some creature from a Japanese horror flick, with her arms outstretched growling for revenge. On reaching Don, she punched him once in the chest and then shoved the baby at him. “Take her!” she ordered, back stepping and turning her head with a whip of her dirty-blond hair.
From behind the couch, I tracked the baby’s wrinkled arms flailing, and then gasped as the girl moved towards me. Her eyes were on fire as she shouted at full-throttle, “I’m going to kill you, Bitch!”
Without thought, I ducked around Don and attempted to make my way to the doorway. Don didn’t waste anytime. Before I had a chance to maneuver myself around the girl, Don had tossed the baby on the couch, grabbed his bike, carried it down the apartment stairs, and rode off.
For a few seconds both the girl and I stared out the doorway with disbelief, and then we stared down at the tiny infant crying on the couch, until the girl’s raging eyes met mine, and she roared, “You’re dead!”
From where she stood, prepared to launch, I could smell my scent on her, the expensive bottle of perfume I received from my father for my birthday, which had recently gone missing from my bathroom shelf.
As the girl stormed forward, I managed to swerve around her. She lunged at me, barely swiping my shoulder. I jumped over a small ottoman, snatched up my car keys and practically flew down a flight of concrete stairs.
In the narrow carport, I started my sedan and backed up. Just as I was about to turn out of the apartment complex, the frenzied girl’s enormous boat-of-a-station wagon came charging forward and blocked my way out.
Seconds later, leaving the baby wailing on the front seat of the car, the girl marched across the parking lot to my car window and ordered, “Roll down your window!”
Caught between a place of disbelief and hysteria, I shook my head and whimpered, “I didn’t know. I didn’t know.”
The girl’s face turned from one of frozen-ice to empathetic-disgust. She tapped on the glass of the window a few times, and then rolled her eyes up letting out a long heavy sigh. Finally, seemingly understanding my predicament, she waved me off with a shake of her hand, before stomping back to her car.
After she sped off, I remained in the parking lot, uncertain of what I’d gotten myself into, and more uncertain of how I would ever find my way out of my contorted labyrinth.