Am I Wrong to Leave My Marriage If My Needs Are Not Getting Met?

Am I Wrong to Leave My Marriage If My Needs Are Not Getting Met?
Evan,

I am having problems with my husband.

He is intelligent but not driven. He is outgoing but is rough around the edges in social settings. He rarely holds my hand, cuddles or kisses me beyond a peck hello or goodbye. We have sex less than 10 times a year, and that has been going on for 7-8 years despite my asking him how we could fix it. Recently I found out he has been taking care of his own needs with porn. If that were in addition to a great sex life I wouldn’t care. Instead it feels like it took away from our sex life.

Our conversations are superficial. We can take a five-hour road trip and barely talk in the car on the way there. He isn’t interested. When we go out to party he binge drinks, becoming another person who often flirts with other women or seems to not be present in his own body. I have begged on several occasions for this behavior to change and it never does.

On the flip side we share a common interest in my college football team, music, concerts, travel, food and more. We are true partners when it comes to taking care of the house and make all big decisions together. While our friendship is fabulous as far as going and doing our romantic life is obviously lacking. I know passion isn’t everything and it waxes and wanes throughout a marriage. But he has always lacked the ability to communicate and show affection. I guess when I married him at age 24 I didn’t realize how important a loving connection was to me. In fact our courtship was full of drama over these same issues.

We have tried counseling. He says he can change the binging, but so far hasn’t. He says he can’t change his communication style. I can’t speak my mind, share a personal frustration or cry about something and expect his support. He shuts down. There are past substance abuse issues that concern me, along with his continued looking at porn. We don’t have children. We are 38 and 40.

I’m so confused. I can’t imagine another 40 years without affection and communication. Am I expecting too much? –Annie

No, Annie, you’re not expecting too much.

You’re just illustrating Reason #587 as to why you shouldn’t get married when you’re 24 years old.

If you’re like 75% of people who marry before the age of 25, you’ll get divorced.

You’re marrying for love, but you don’t know anything about LIFE.

You may be lucky and get it right, but if you’re like 75% of people who marry before the age of 25, you won’t. And you’ll get divorced.

Which is what I recommend to you.

Now before anybody gets on my case because I’m advocating a rash measure to a total stranger who wrote me a 500-word email, I acknowledge that.

Is it possible that we’re only hearing one side of the story and that his version is relevant? Yes.

Is it possible that, twenty years into their relationship, they can grow closer and improve their communication? In the realm that “anything’s possible”, sure.

Is it possible that with proper couples therapy and relationship counseling, these two crazy kids can make things work for the rest of their lives? I guess.

But it’s also possible to hit the lottery, and you don’t see me running out to buy a ticket. If anything, as a dating and relationship coach, I try to play the odds, based only on the facts available to me.

You can do better. And you will.

So, for anyone who may think that Annie should “work it out” with her husband, because he’s a trusted partner, consider these facts:

He rarely holds my hand, cuddles or kisses me beyond a peck hello or goodbye.

We have sex less than 10 times a year, and that has been going on for 7-8 years despite my asking him how we could fix it. He has been taking care of his own needs with porn.

We can take a five-hour road trip and barely talk in the car on the way there. He isn’t interested.

When we go out to party he binge drinks, becoming another person who often flirts with other women or seems to not be present in his own body. I have begged on several occasions for this behavior to change and it never does.

He has always lacked the ability to communicate and show affection.

We have tried counseling. He says he can change the binging, but so far hasn’t. He says he can’t change his communication style. I can’t speak my mind, share a personal frustration or cry about something and expect his support. He shuts down.

The prosecution rests, Annie.

Your husband is guilty.

He’s not guilty of cheating or being verbally abusive. He’s guilty of being a bad husband.

He’s a poor communicator, conversationalist, lover, and, frankly, friend (friends are interested in you and generally try hard to make sure you’re happy).

You said it best in your original email:

I guess when I married him at age 24 I didn’t realize how important a loving connection was to me. In fact our courtship was full of drama over these same issues.

I know it’s sad, but it’s time to move on. You can do better.

And you will.

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  1. 1
    Kathleen

    Agreed!!     What an intolerable marriage! Leave now, you are young enough to start over. 

    1. 1.1
      gina

      No wonder people divorce so much… one letter and the husband is prosecuted. What is so INTOLERABLE about this marriage. I hear no abuse, no serious addiction problem… 
      Not everything in the marriage is about her needs. How about his needs. I had the same feelings in my marriage for 10 years. I got a divorce because I also acted in a hurry. everyone told me to get a divorce. I deserved better, I could get a better man. Well probably I could. But what about this ‘good man’ who always respected me and made a commitment. When i told myself that marriage was not about ME only, a lot of things changed. And I have to say, I get a lot more of the things I want now in my marriage because I am not anxious about it. It takes 2 to tango.
       

  2. 2
    Teri

    I was married at 21. When I divorced at 32, I thought to myself if nothing changes in the next 8 years, will I kick myself for staying? the answer was yes. I knew from the 10 years before that nothing would change. people don’t change unless they want to and they don’t change unless it is painfull for them to stay they way there are. The only change you can control is your own. I agree with Evan. It’s time to move on and find the love you want. 

  3. 3
    Michaela

    I felt that pain for 20 years before I finally left and am now in my second year of rebuilding my life after years with a narcissist.  And if you’re not sure what a narcissist is, look it up and then re-read her letter.  It has little to do with arrogance and everything to do with lack of empathy.   Everyone deserves to be heard.  A patner should be interested in your life.  Your needs should be met and if you’ve spent all this time supressing your needs, your self esteem is flushed to the point where you begin to believe you don’t have any needs.  I lost myself in such a relationship.  Run…. don’t walk, and don’t look back. 

  4. 4
    Fusee

    Although I’m not into quickly suggesting a divorce, I have to agree with Evan in this particular situation. It’s a marriage that should not have started in the first place.
    There are way too many issues touching basic needs and basic relationship functioning, there has been multiple requests for change, there has been unsuccessful counseling, there has been years of patience,…
    To me, divorce is the last option. And it’s exactly where this couple seems to be. Despite all the challenges, it looks like the Letter Writer has really tried hard to make it work by using various apporaches and giving it time. Since there is no young children involved, I see no point in continuing to suffer at this point.
    Warning: one more emotionally unavailable man will soon be released in the dating pool!

  5. 5
    SkinnyBuffalo

    I just got out of a marriage of 20 years EXACTLY like this. Don’t waste anymore of your life. It won’t get any better. He’s already told you (as my ex did) he isn’t going to change, then he’s followed it up with years of unchanged behavior. It is a take it or leave proposition, and I would leave.

  6. 6
    Jenna

    I’m intrigued why some people in their 20s are so eager to get married. I’ve changed significantly even between ages 25-28! I have some old friends that married at ages 24 and 26 to pretty much their first bf – are you really so eager for a guys attention that you marry the first person who comes along before you do any personal development of your own? I certainly got a stronger sense of myself and men after spending years after college moving, dating, making friends, and trying new activities.  I’m not sure they’ll get divorced, but I picture some heavy questioning by the time they’re in their early 30s. 

  7. 7
    Goldie

    BTDT, do it Annie, you will be glad you did. And, because you two have a good friendship, you’ll remain on civil, friendly terms. You both deserve a happier life, either on your own or with someone who is a better match. One thing in Annie’s letter that I find really scary is the mention of substance abuse, binge drinking, and the most scary of them all — her mention of her husband saying that he wants to cut down on drinking, but not being able to. Giant red flag.
     
    @ Jenna #6, as today’s commenter Chris would say, do not judge, lest you be judged ;) We don’t know these two people’s situation as it was 15-20 years ago. In my case, it was a different time and a different country. We met in college, and then I graduated and had to move to another town for work. The way things worked where we lived back then, it was either make arrangements to get married, or never see each other again. This was before Internet, skype, cell phones, or email. We were in love and not ready to break up just because one of us was graduating college. Yes we were a horrible match as husband/wife (even though we did very well as boyfriend/girlfriend) and probably should’ve never gotten married, but, if I was in that situation again, I’m not sure if I would’ve had the willpower to do things differently. I don’t know why Annie got married at the same age I did, but I would never go as far as to imply that she did it out of desperation, because I don’t know any of the details and never will.

  8. 8
    Jackie H.

    Thank goodness you don’t have children…Keep it moving girl!

  9. 9
    Ruby

    Goldie #7
     
    Yes, the substance abuse and binge drinking jumped out at me too. The husband could be self-medicating if he’s depressed, and alcoholism often leads to a loss of libido. Annie cannot “fix” a man who doesn’t want to change.
     
    I wouldn’t be too hard on Jenna, though. After all, Annie writes, “But he has always lacked the ability to communicate and show affection. I guess when I married him at age 24 I didn’t realize how important a loving connection was to me. In fact our courtship was full of drama over these same issues.” Makes me wonder why she married him, as well.

  10. 10
    Rose

    Spot on Evan.

  11. 11
    Jennifer Hammond

    Absolutely 100% agree!  This writer could have been me.  I got out, and have never been happier.

  12. 12
    Peter

    He sounds exactly like my estranged, soon to be ex wife except her version of substance abuse was charity work; a way to escape from real responsibilities.  I endured it for our two children.  Decades without being in the same bedroom. let alone touching each other triggers more physical diseases than depression.  Actually, sex 10 times a year doesn’t sound too bad.  It’s realistic in the stress of ordinary life when one of you doesn’t want to cope.
    I disagree that 25 is too young to marry.  Further experience, other than marriage itself isn’t going to teach you much.  I am still in contact with many of my Primary School class from decades ago.  Bullying idiots at 9 years old are bullying idiots at 59 and the same applies to the decent people.  The blind remain the blind. “I was too young to marry” is the divorcing woman’s way of avoiding responsibility.

  13. 13
    Fusee

    To Jenna #6 and others who wonder why these young people marry so young:
     
    Go visit weddingbee.com and read the main bloggers’ posts or some entries on the “waiting” board. The website (while somewhat useful when planning a wedding) is full of 20-something women either desperate for marriage (“waiting”) OR in the process of getting (often lavishly) married to their first significant other. In recent blog entries they actually relate their frustration at hearing comments along the lines of “Oh honey, you are too young to get married”, explaining that “they’re just lucky to have found The One early in life”, that they are mature, wise, take marriage seriously, etc.
     
    They do not understand that it’s actually very common to be in a long relationship in late teens/early twenties (and therefore possibly believe that you have found “The One”). It does not mean that it should lead to marriage. The wise ones grow up while in those relationships, but let them run their course, and marry someone AFTER they have finished growing up and discovered who they truly are. These young women do not know how much change lies ahead and how unlikely they will remain compatible to their spouse through all these changes.You do not know what you do not know, right?
     
    75% of those who actually marry that first significant partner in their early- or mid- twenties do end up divorcing them in their thirties, claiming that “they grew apart” (or because of any other issue that a twenty-something is unable to diagnose), despite all former vows of “understanding what marriage entails” and a stubborn confidence in the resilience of their commitment.
     
    To their defense, what’s the alternative? You have been in a 5+ year happy relationship and you receive a proposal at 22. Must be hard to say “Let’s wait six more years”. For some, a marriage in their early twenties and a divorce in their late twenties/early thirties are unfortunately what’s going to be needed to drive the point home.

  14. 14
    Ruby

    Fusee #13
     
    “To their defense, what’s the alternative? You have been in a 5+ year happy relationship and you receive a proposal at 22. Must be hard to say “Let’s wait six more years”.”
     
    That might make more sense if the relationship is happy, but in the OP’s case, it doesn’t sound like it was such a good relationship even in the dating phase. I’ve long felt that some marriages are more about conformity (at least for one of the spouses) than they are commitment, though, and I guess this proves the point.

  15. 15
    Zann

    No argument here, Evan. Get out of there! Take it from someone who stuck it out with the carbon copy of  Mr. “that’s just my communication style.” Believe him, because he’s telling you the truth, but he’s also admitting that he doesn’t plan to change…..he’s an as-is dude. Whether he’s capable of change is irrelevant, because he won’t.  7-8 yrs of this communication style is way more than enough to prove that point.  You are not asking too much. If you can’t turn to your husband in times of need for support and affection, what’s the point of being a couple? There is none.  ou are ripping yourself off and meanwhile, your life is still happening. It’s not waiting for you. I’m totally non-objective here, but I believe being around that kind of lackluster, dispassionate, we’re-together-due-to-nothing-but-sheer-momentum is downright soul-depleting. This is not the normal fading of fireworks, the settled-in, comfortable relationship you’re talking about.  You’ve made your point, and he’s made his choice to keep the status quo.  Go get your more.
    As for why do people under 25 marry?  Same reason everyone else does, except at that age you don’t yet have the capacity for a more wide-angle assessment.   And don’t forget the crazy-in-love component that convinces people it means they were “meant to be.”  Only not. My personal recommendation on marriage is even more severe – I believe no one is ready for marriage until at least age 30, and then see how things are going after 4-5 yrs before making the huge leap into childbearing.  And I do mean huge.
     

  16. 16
    Scaramouche

    @Jenna #6
     
    I don’t think people marry early out of desperation. Is it immaturity?  Maybe. A desire for a nice, shiny ring or a big, fairytale wedding? Maybe.  Not desperation, though. When you’re 24, you think you own the world, that nothing bad can happen to you and that your options are endless. I can also think of plenty of reasons why someone would get married early.  I’ve read the statistics and I don’t necessarily encourage early marriage but I know that it can work if you have the right mindset.  You never really stop changing.  You probably change more in your 20s than you do later in life but there’s no real end.  One of my close friends began dating her husband when they were both 15. They were little more than children and more attracted to the idea of love than they were to each other. They admit it freely today. Nevertheless, they managed to stay together for 10 years through a heck of a lot: parental resistance, a couple of years spent away from each other for university, the death of a parent and other challenges.  They finally tied the knot and 25 and just had their first child (at 30). My friend is obviously the exception but my point is that it really depends on the kind of person you are, how well you know yourself and how much work you put into the relationship. You can be 24, 28, 32 or 40 but if you you aren’t willing to compromise heavily, you are in trouble.  My friend was lucky enough to grow with her husband. They developed likes, dislikes and interests together.  They have had years together to figure out who they are, to enjoy each other, to travel and to do things that people in love do: 10 years before marriage and 5 years after.  Of course, there was always the possibility that at so young an age they would grow in completely opposite directions but like anything else, that’s a risk.
     
    On the other hand, my husband and I would probably not have liked each other very much had we met in our early 20s.  We were very different people then and wouldn’t have taken a chance on each other.  And yet, here we are!  I do sometimes wish we had met and married earlier.  I’m 31 this year and if we decide to have children (we will very possibly not), we don’t have a huge window.  I would prefer to be done childbearing by the time I’m 35 for various reasons but I don’t feel that I’ve had enough time with him to build our lives.  I guess everything in life is a tradeoff.
     
    In conclusion, I’m not suggesting that early marriage is the way to go; most people are not mature enough. What I am saying is that there are advantages and dismissing it outright is short sighted.  Any marriage requires a lot of commitment.  One could argue that the older you are, the better equipped you will be to handle the responsibility.

  17. 17
    starthrower68

    I was married at 22; divorced 12 years later with 3 kids. It was a very painful experience. Being a born-again type, it’s hard to give a nod of approval (not that my *approval* matters); that having been said, I have compassion for the OP as I was in the same sort of marriage. My ex had anger issues and was verbally abusive to me and our children. Getting out became a matter of self-preservation. I never entered the marriage thinking I’d just get out if I didn’t like it. I truly believed I spoke my vows until death do us part. However, we don’t often know who we are at 22 let alone who our spouse is. I can’t pass judgement on the OP for wanting to get out. A bad marriage is a very lonely place to be.

  18. 18
    Lia

    I have known several women who could have written a letter very similar to the OP.  None of them changed their husbands no matter how long they tried to make it work.  All of them found a better life after letting go of an unworkable marriage.
     
    @ Fusee #13
     
    Well said!!!
     
    Hind sight may be said to be 20/20 but it is the experience that gives us that clearer vision.  Wisdom often comes at a price.

  19. 19
    marymary

    OP
    People do buck the trend,they successfully marry young, remarry,with children from previous relationships, across religions and races, and age gaps. But the basic principle still stands – it has to be a solid relationship. Affectionate, intimate, with respect, care, kindness. It seems so achievable, it’s not magic, I wonder why we miss the mark so often. 
    He’s the person he was when you married him and he won’t change. My father is  basically a good person but he isn’t affectionate or warm. He’s in his eighties and only recently started warming up to his own children!  It is very very hard for these people to change.
    Ironically, the only thing that might prompt him to change is if you left him and he had a crisis.  And even then I reckon it would take years rather than months, and he might not.  While you’re still around, he’s got no incentive.
    I’m not a particularly liberally minded person, by the way, I’m a christian but even the bible says that although divorce is not part of the divine plan, it was permitted because the people’s hearts were hard.  That’s what you’ve got, a hard-hearted husband. To be vulnerable and to bare your heart to another person takes so much courage, some of us just can’t do it.
    There’s more to a marriage than not getting divorced  Gritting your teeth for the next forty years doesn’t honour anyone, and not the institution of marriage either.

  20. 20
    Rose

    I guess everything in life is a tradeoff. Yes If a woman waits too long chances of pregnancy are lower and birth defects higher. I believe people 25 and about were considered geriatric if first time mums.

  21. 21
    Rose

    And if you leave it later still perm quality : Dr Singh’s team examined sperm quality in 60 men aged between 22 and 60. All had healthy sperm counts. The researchers found that men aged 35 and older had higher concentrations of sperm with broken strands of DNA, and that the damage was greater.”

    Early Show medical correspondent Emily Senay explains that the study in the Journal of Urology suggests older fathers have similar risks as older mothers of producing children with greater chances of birth defects, such as Down syndrome, and they also lose their ability to conceive. The report found men over 40 years of age were twice as likely to have a child with down syndrome than those less then 20 years old.It was always thought in the past that a woman’s age was the sole determining factor in birth defects, such as Down syndrome, says Dr. Senay. But the new report adds to the growing body of evidence that late fatherhood is a factor when it comes to the health of a baby.

    Previous studies have shown a link between paternal age and schizophrenia; and paternal age and a birth defect known as Achondroplasia;the most common cause of dwarfism, or significantly abnormal short stature. Achondroplasia is characterized by abnormal bone growth that results in short stature with disproportionately short arms and legs, a large head, and characteristic facial features with frontal bossing and mid-face hypoplasia. In infancy, hypotonia is typical, and acquisition of developmental motor milestones is often delayed. Intelligence and life span are usually normal, although compression of the spinal cord and/or upper airway obstruction increases the risk of death in infancy.

    Researchers in this latest study were able to look at a large number of births to older women in New York State over a 14-year period. They found a dramatic increase in the number of older parents in general, and saw the greatest increase in the number of Down syndrome cases where the father and mother were both over 40.

  22. 22
    Jenna

    This is an interesting debate. To clarify, my comments about desperation were referring to my old friends that had married at 24 and 26 to their first bf and clearly hadn’t done much personal development. I know that works for plenty of people, but when I think back to bfs I had in my early days I cant imagine what would happen if we had married! We became so different, and because I had shaky self esteem I settled into relationships with men who were not a good fit even though they were nice to me. I realized how much more clearheaded I had gotten when I had a fwb last year who I had a close friendship with and who was attractive but I did not pine for a relationship with him bc I could see that we lacked long term compatibility. We both acknowledged to each other that we would have gotten into a relationship with each other a few years ago, but now as more seasoned people we were able to see things for what they were. ( I’ve since cut out casual sex, tho we are still friends .) trust me, up til about age 27 I thought if a guy was cute, nice, and friends with me that we should have a long term future together and that’s just not always the case – it takes some more experience to see that, and to get more comfortable with your life so that you’re not rushing off with any guy who pays attention to you just out of a desire to be in a couple. 

  23. 23
    Goldie

    I actually agree with Peter #12 (well except for his last sentence). At 18-20, I can argue that people are still immature, not done growing up, and are too young to marry for that reason, but at 25, gimme a break. I’m not the most mature or best adjusted person in the world, and I am fundamentally the same person at 45 as I was at 23-24. All my personal growth happened in college and in first 1-2 years of work. After that, any maturing and personal growth I’ve had were due to being in a bad marriage, taking on many of the family responsibilities that are usually shared by two people, and having two boys in a row, one at age 25, other one at 28, one with mild Aspergers and the other one with mild ADD. None of these things would’ve happened to me if I hadn’t gotten married and had kids, so I’m a bit puzzled as to how I would’ve grown personally while living on my own. Not to sound harsh, but I cannot see much room for personal growth for a 20-something whose responsibilities in life consist of dating, partying, feeding and clothing themselves, and showing up for work.
     
    Now if you want to argue that 24 is too young to marry because one has not yet advanced enough professionally (and might in fact be still in school), hasn’t dated, and been in relationships in, with enough people to know what type of partnership and what type of partner works for them, hasn’t traveled enough and had enough of other experiences that they won’t be able to afford when they have a family and kids, then yes I agree with you. But not being mature enough at 25? Doubtful. If I didn’t have two kids in the late teens-early 20s age group, I might believe that modern-day 20-something Americans are so far behind in their growth and development that they need to be treated like teenagers and cannot be considered adults till they’re 30. But, looking at my own kids and their friends, I’m not buying.
     
    @ Ruby, yes good point about the OP’s courtship being filled with drama. My ex and I didn’t have any of the problems when we dated that we started having right after we got married. Just like you, I’m honestly confused, why marry a person if the dating period was that bad? My response to Jenna though, was because her post was referring to 20-something people in general, not just the OP. I know plenty of people that married in their 20s and are still happy together. FWIW, for some of them it was their second marriage (married very early the first time).
     
    @ marymary
     
    “There’s more to a marriage than not getting divorced  Gritting your teeth for the next forty years doesn’t honour anyone, and not the institution of marriage either.”
     
    So true! Well said.
     
    I don’t regret staying together for almost 20 years, though. When I finally decided to leave, it was with full knowledge that we’d tried everything and there is no way to get this marriage to work. And we had a few good years in the process :)

  24. 24
    JustMe

    I married at 19 and was married for 18 years.  In my geographic culture, marriage ususally happens between 19 – 23. 
     
    btw – I married for love but i do wish I had waited until I was older to get married.  There are so many things to do before you have to take on the adult responsibilities that I missed out on.

  25. 25
    AllenB

    @Rose21

    It was always thought in the past that a woman’s age was the sole determining factor in birth defects, such as Down syndrome
    The contribution of father’s age to a adverse pregnancy outcomes has been known for decades. The contribution is smaller than maternal age, perhaps because unhealthy genetics correlates with sperm motility.
    This is yet another case of  medical research and treatment protocol gender bias. )  Not pointing any fingers, just stating a fact. The chief “new” thing here is people are now talking more about paternal contribution to genetic defects, just as the medical profession began paying more attention to heart attacks in women and breast cancer in men in recent decades. Both of these are still neglected.

    I found a 1933 paper studying the correlation of “imbecilic mongolism” with paternal age (see below). The author’s conclusion was paternal contribution is insignificant. His interpretation of the data is self-admittedly (by the author) questionable.
     
    Always thought in the past?  Only if the past predates 1950.
     
    http://www.ias.ac.in/jarch/jgenet/27/219.pdf

  26. 26
    Lee

    Married at 24, big mistake. Gritted my teeth for 17 years before I finally decided I couldn’t do it anymore. Evan is right.

  27. 27
    Catharine

    I married my college boyfriend a few months before I turned 24.  This was  34 years ago.  Most of my friends were married by 25. In my family of six girls, one sister and 4 girl cousins, only one is still married to husband #1.  I married out of fear that he might be my only chance and I thought I loved him.  It did minor work and I was miserable.  I now wish I had had the courage to leave and go in other direction with my life. If you done everything you know to do, then leave and move on with your life.  It is no easy, but it can be done.  Don’t wait too long.

  28. 28
    Cat

    If the OP cannot get any empathy from her husband and has all those other faults, I agree with No3. Michaela, that OP  probably has married a harcissist.
    If he is not empathic to you YOU DO NOT HAVE A RELATIONSHIP!! if you cannot cry or share a frustration with your husband you should kick  him to the kerb.
     

  29. 29
    Dani

    I agree 100% with Evan. Time to divorce, no doubt about it. I read that letter and it sounded just like me absent the substance abuse issues. Sad to say, I did not have sexual relations with the ex 4 years prior to me leaving. I feel like I need to make up for lost time….I got married at 24, but had moved in with him at age 20. I thought I loved him. But, Evan is right, I did not know about life. Luckily, I had the means to leave and start over. All in all, it was a very smooth transition for me and probably the single best decision I have ever made in my life. The ex-husband is not a bad person and I wish him well but we were not meant to be. I am so much happier with my life now (age 44) and I am looking forward to being involved in a true lasting relationship with all the “fixins.” Ok, I got to go practice “mirroring.”  :)

  30. 30
    Sally

    Relationships should be “sparky” and filled with banter, no matter whether they are 1 month old or 20 years old.
    If there isn’t that spark and that that banter, then honestly its just no fun. It becomes functional. You become friends, which it sounds like is exactly what has happened with you and your husband.
    It sounds as though you have tried hard to make it work. But it doesn’t sound like there is any banter to build on.
    If you were still bantering and it was playful, then I think you could work it out (possibly), because there would be something to build on.
    But without that?…
    Maybe time to have an honest chat with him about the future.

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