Sorry the title sounds like a dissertation, ha. I’ll keep this brief.
Hey everyone. It has been a LONG time since I decided to write something blog related. Mainly because things have gotten much, much crazier since my “30th Birthday” blog post, but also because blogging isn’t really much of a thing anymore. Blogging now feels like a thing of the past. Very 2008. Gone are the days of anyone really caring about what goes on in your mundane life. Here to stay are the days of self expression, obsession, and depression. We focus on the ME and less on WE. Of course this is an over generalization and for that I’m sorry. It’s still what I see.
And here I am! Today I’m 34. Today I re-read my last couple blog posts on this page and was transported to a stiller, calmer time. I was in a “Dream-job” that would turn out to be more complicated than I ever thought it would. I wasn’t in a relationship with Jordan and thus did not know her parents and was not married. I hadn’t met most of the friends I now have in Colorado Springs. I definitely didn’t know if this was to be my permanent home or not. There was still much unknown about my life. As I kept reading, I felt a sense of hope and electric excitement. There was a feeling that anything was possible and anything could happen.
Now, at 34, I feel these emotions fuller, richer, and more completely. I have gained a new family who lives here. I have gained a partner in life, whom I share life with. I work at a true dream job where I feel at home, appreciated, and valued. The life ahead of me is filled with unknown possibilities and what I’m finding is the unknown doesn’t always have to be scary. In this case, I look back to the post that I wrote when I was 30 and much was unknown then too. What unfolded afterward was so beautiful, so perfectly timed, and completed undeserved. In some ways I am starting to look at the unknown in a different light. Maybe I don’t have to be terrified of what I don’t know, what I can’t predict, or what I can’t plan for. Maybe it is in these places that I can find the most joy, adventure, and happiness. This year will be a year of trust and anticipation. I eagerly wait for what I don’t know and am happy that this time I don’t have to do it alone.
VULNERABLE MOMENT ON MY BIRTHDAY
The hardest lesson that I’ve had to learn being married is letting go of my old life. For 30+ years, I have relied on my self to get through life challenges. I know my limits, my abilities, my many, many shortcomings. But my shortcomings have been my own. I have not been required to share them with anyone and there wasn’t any real urgency to “fix” anything unless it really became a problem. I lived on MY time, MY choices, and MY money. This was a challenge to lay down once it was not just ME…not because I didn’t want to. On the contrary; I wanted to share my life with Jordan and truly open myself up in vulnerability. I was excited for it. I even thought I would be very good at it. I’m a therapist after all! But the reality was that for 30+ years I didn’t have to share anything. I found the process of letting another in MUCH more difficult to practice. I thought surely it would come naturally since this is what I wanted. What I found was that I was still keeping a lot close to the chest. I was struggling to create a new habit. It turns out that breaking a 30 year cycle is very difficult.
The reason I’m talking about this is because maybe this is an area of marriage that not many of people talk about and I wanted to help others that are going through the same thing. You are not alone. Just please don’t use this as an excuse for unintentionally isolating your partner. Work at it. Again and again and again. Push through the hard times when you fail. Try again when you regress. Don’t be discouraged. Be encouraged. It’s okay to fall short. It’s about getting back up and fighting that will define our story. Anyway. This was my mind today. Maybe I’ll see you guys again in another 4 years.