this is me bearing my soul because I need to do something cathartic and the only thing I can think of is maybe trying to explain how it affects you if you have been cheated on and perhaps offer food for thought because no one ever comes out and talks about the damage it does to the party cheated on.
None of you know me but anyone that does usually describes me thus: full of joie de vivre, fearless, vibrant, loves and embraces life more than anyone, multi-faceted, confident, sexy, energetic, trusting, passionate.
6 months ago I found out my partner cheated on me, and the person I feel I have become now is vastly different from what I was. I have not felt any of the above since then. I now look in the mirror and dont recognise myself, I hate myself and I hate life. I dont feel beautiful or sexy, I am terrified of anyone, I question everything. I cant motivate myself to do any of the things I love, I hate life, some days I have felt suicidal. And all because someone who said they loved me and thought I was special decided that I wasnt special enough to protect and ripped me to shreds. The worst part is, I was happy, I didnt see it coming so happiness is no longer a safe emotion, I dont trust it, if I feel it, I become afraid it will be ripped away again so I can no longer enjoy it. I feel pointless, useless, because if you are that dispensable or that replaceable than your sense of self worth just vanishes. I cannot trust anyone because if anyone had any idea how much I trusted and respected this man, more than anyone I have ever been with, they would understand why I feel irreparably damaged.
Women, dont believe a man if he says the relationship is not going well because the chances are he is lying. And even if he is not, the relationship may have hit a bump in the road that without your interference, it may survive. And even if it is not going to survive, circling like a vulture waiting to pick at the remains and benefit from someone elses pain is pretty sick. Who does that??? There is no good reason to breach the boundaries with a a man who is with someone.
So please, if you meet a someone that has a partner, keep a respectable distance, put yourself in the other person’s shoes and dont interact with a someone in such a way that if the shoe was on the other foot, you would find yourself feeling uncomfortable. Dont go after a person that is attached, dont flirt with them and feed their ego. The ego is such a fragile beast that it is easily tempted.
To anyone who has been cheated on, I would say cut your losses, get out now. I tried for 6 months to get over it and move but you lose the love, respect and faith you had in that person. The fear, hurt and anger generated becomes all consuming. Every time you look at the person, you will be reminded of what they did and how they hurt you. It will feel like you are losing but it takes an extremely strong person to get through to the other side, more likely, it will break you even further.
If every woman tomorrow said that they would not get involved with a man who was attached, they would have no avenue for cheating and as woman, I believe we should stick together.
Sorry guys, I know some women cheat too but this is from my perspective. And given that I have seen so many men cheat recently to people close to me, I feel very jaded.