It’s time that I put up boundaries with Erin because I am not about to be fooled again. I feel like I am getting played, and I have felt this way off and on for months now; realistically, a couple of years. Shame on me for not walking away. Denial is what brings me right “back” again, into the loop… the vicious cycle. She is bulshit. Everything about her. I hate her and how she lies through her teeth. She gets off on deceiving people. She even deceives herself. The problem is I get caught up every time and give in. I call her a push over, and most of the time she is, yet I am a push over for not walking away. I guess I am scared to. My heart is too intertwined. I hate it.
Every time I gain some momentum she pulls me back again with her sweetness… she gets physically close to me and it causes me to “believe” things have changed. Wrong.
I am only fooling and deceiving myself. She is still the same cruel, heartless, distant, cold, insensitive, selfish, and calculating person she is. My poem reads, “There isn’t any ‘love’ in goodbye,” which indicates how hard (difficult) it has been for me to walk away from unhealthy attachments.
I guess the messages that we learn in childhood can either keep us imprisoned or we can break out of them somehow.
How do we free ourselves? What is the ‘glue’ that holds us together? If denial then denial of what? Where is this ‘landmine’ I have stepped on, if such an invisible barrier? How can I learn to recognize it? The red
flags? Those things that we are supposed to keep our eyes wide-open to? See, I saw them, but I was so used to them from my mother and previous relationships that I overlooked them, passing them off as something I “haven’t already handled.” The fact is, she became too good at her game, and unfortunately I lost mine. Now I am stuck in a battle — a no-win situation, and I have clearly lost. Myself.
I am ready and desiring to reclaim myself. First comes the boundaries:
What do I do? Do I just stand there? Take it? The solution would be to walk away, but “how” I ask, do you walk away from the only thing (false love, ie: narcissistic love) you’ve ever known? And when real love should present itself, how do you trust it? If trust is shattered and you have been stripped of your dignity, then how can you trust again? …how can you even trust yourself when your natural instinct has been deceived?
I want to hang Erin against a wall… what I mean by this is I want to see her held accountable for her actions, as I am so tired of her getting herself off the hook and sweet talking herself out of everything, including her stupid accident which was near-death and drug/substance-induced which she nearly killed someone and was able to talk her way out of getting alcohol/drug tested by the on-scene police officer! I am angry at her for her “I’ll do ‘whatever I want, ‘when’ I want attitude” at the expense of others. She’s a fucking antisocial (sociopath) woman. I do not trust her for the life of me and nobody should because she’s hype and glee one day and a cruel, calculated witch the next.
I am sick and tired of this shit, and I am once again “packing my bags,” both figuratively and literally. I have stuff all over my room right now sorted into different containers once again trying to figure out what I “need” and don’t need. I do not trust my stability/security, ie: Erin and Rick’s home. I do not trust Erin — as we have already established.
“Kicked around,” “Played with,” “Punched,” “Lied to,” “Deceived” — You name it, I have been. It has happened to me. I am sick and tired of it and am trying to develop standards for myself so that I can get the hell out of here. I must admit having a car will make it a lot easier! I am going to try my best not to lose my car and hope to God that my funds are not as low as I anticipated. I am going to honestly, somehow have to “pull up my bootstraps” and fly. I cannot wait-stay here; it is not healthy for me. We have known (already established) this, yet I am pretty thick-sculled because my heart is hurting so bad that I don’t want to face the grief (another loss added to the many others that I have had trouble grieving) to deal with.
Apparently I have a hard time with grief, and maybe I choose to become locked into these patterns to avoid having to face it. The harsh reality is I am going to have to face it because there will soon come a point where I am on my own officially. Honestly, a part of me wants to be on my own, as scary and frightening as that might seem… It’s a challenge for sure; however, being/living in Philly is not a challenge… it is downright scary. There isn’t any “challenge” in an area that is unsafe, as I have zero interest in living in an area that is unsafe.
I am interested in living in an area where I can grow and reach and aspire to be my best. I do not want to have to worry about my back, which I feel like in Philly you can’t do anything but that, and it doesn’t help that that is the impression Erin feeds me daily. I do not want to have to live my life that way… To be quite honest, if it wasn’t for Erin I would not even be in Philadelphia. I came here namely for the relationship… to continue it because I wanted things to be okay… and I believed her when she said that all she needed was her “family” and that everything would be “alright.” Wrong. It got worse.
I took the bait. At any rate, I choose on some level, whether subconsciously or consciously, to come to Philly. Some part of me chose — maybe the underdeveloped part of myself that longs for a “family.” The sad fact is, “family” to me is not the kind of family I want in my life… it’s narcissistic. I don’t want narcissistic “love” in my life. I want real love, and it starts with myself… so the reality is I have to get away from here. I need to leave. This place doesn’t do me any good, and it’s only hurting me (worse) being here. It’s only reinforcing the false internalized belief that I am not loveable or respectable or worthy.
I can’t determine my worth anymore in the eyes of others… not in those who are unworthy of my love, time, attention, and respect. I cannot allow myself to be walked on. Thus, I need to put up boundaries; it is absolutely necessary for my health and survival. I need to start now. As hard as it might seem/be, I need to, because I cannot continue to live a lie and live a life that does not serve (enrich) me. I am wasting precious, valuable opportunities… I cannot let a thief bring me down… I cannot let him/her rob me of my soul. Life is a precious jewel, and I want to treat it that way. I will not short-change myself.