It's just a piece of paper. 📝It really doesn't mean much but it means everything. There have been 3 years of cat and mouse. Three years of random text messages, sporadic emails and silence. More silence than anything. When you move, I move like a chess match. Each move strategically played.
No one wants to be first. Someone has to be first. The unspoken conversation that hung in the air like a thick fog...dense...hard to wade through....because no one wants to go first.
Sometimes in life you move too fast 💨 but yet it seems to be in slow motion. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was losing my mom. She was terminally ill. So I was grasping at straws...reaching for a lifeline. So I grabbed the closest hand 🤚🏾 and jumped. Hoping to climb out of the abyss but knowing I was leaping off a cliff without a parachute...yet I hoped for a soft landing.
It wasn't soft. It was hard... I violently fell into a dismal existence. Not wanting to be where I was but too scared to run 🏃. I was a coward. So I threw myself into my work. I accepted a promotion and then I worked. I worked because I was a public success and a private failure. I'm great at my job. I can make the tough decisions and have the difficult conversations. I never miss a deadline. I do the hard stuff that no one else wants to...at least at work.
I am a private failure. I don't have good personal relationships. I can't say "this isn't working for me" so I ghost. Ghosting is a cowards way out. It also doesn't work. So I ghosted on him for 3 years.
Neither one of us wanted to go first. It was just a piece of paper 📝. Then I realized I was stuck. Stuck in 2011. Because I couldn't admit I made a mistake. We aren't good for each other. He was there when I was losing her...when I lost her, I lost a piece of me and he was a surrogate for what I lost.
I finally had the conversation, I finally got unstuck. And then I asked him to sign the piece of paper 📝. That piece of paper was really like a weight holding me back, keeping me stuck. Keeping me from living. Because as long as I had legal ties I was content to not create emotional ones. I was content to not live, to not feel. We signed the paper and went from we to me. Truthfully, there was never a we, there was me hiding from the pain of being a daughter who missed her mother. So now I am free to be the real me and to get busy living instead of just existing because of a piece of paper 📝.
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- Mother of 2, Child of God in Atlanta "They always ask me if I make it am I going to forget about them, but the question is, if I don't make it will they forget about me?" My spin : RealTalk When u are up everyone wants to hang on, but look for the ones that let you lean on when you are down. Remember...don't just look for me when I am up, support me when I'm down. ♥ In prosperity, your friends know you, in adversity, you know your friends. I asked God for strength, I got adversity. I asked God for wisdom, I was made a fool of. I asked for patience, I had a difficult relationship. I looked back, He gave me what I asked for. Adversity showed me I was stronger than I thought; being a fool opened my eyes to discernment making me wise; the difficult relationship showed me that patience is earned not given. Blessings come in many forms, not all of them recognizable.