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Hurt and tired my 16 year on and off live in relationship ended

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Hurt and tired my 16 year on and off live in relationship ended about two years real break up he just moved out after months of us arguing constantly.He has moved on and I haven't.I don't want to open a new door until I HAVE DEFINITELY CLOSED THIS ONE for good.I don't believe in playing the field.I feel a lot of lost and sadness.My ex sees this and I feel if he cares why doesn't he do something about it.He has told his new lover a lot of negative things about me...Some were true;why did he have to make be seem like the worst person ....Why does he talk about me to her?She taunts me and sends me messages,about me being dumb and worthless and he doesn't come to see me..only our children...she says thats the only reason he comes around.I wonder if this is true because if this is the case,I will definitely leave him alone.This is not his first time hurting me.Why can't or won't he love me right.He says he does but I'm always left puzzled and alone.How can I tell if he wants me bac
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Relationship
Expert:  9271965 replied 6 years ago.
<p>Hi Clarity,</p><p> </p><p>Thanks for writing in to JA!</p><p> </p><p>16 years is a long investment into a relationship. It is easy to see why you would be tired and hurt.</p><p> </p><p>I have a few questions to ask you and if you would fill in the blanks for me, together we can work on your situation, and maybe find a way or some ways of working on this for you. Okay?</p><p> </p><p>- You meantioned children, How old and are they yours and his?</p><p>- Where are you from? Region wise is fine.</p><p>-How old are you?</p><p>-Do you work and if so, what is it that you do?</p><p>-What are some of your interests?</p><p> </p><p>Thanks and I will probably have questions along the way.</p><p> </p>
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Hi my children are ages 11,12,13 and 14 years old and yes we are the biological parents to all of our children.I'am temporarily out of work for a year but I'am returning to the workforce in September 2009.I'am 34 and I reside in New york City.I also plan to return to school in the fall or spring semester to focus and get my life going in a positve direction.I'm a recluse I just enjoy doing family stuff.Reading ,poetry,music and dining out.I look forward to cuddling with my significant other at the end of a long hard day.I'm shy so socializing is a little hard for me.I have been asked out on dates but too fearful of rejection at this time.I have a lot of issues and may need some anti-depressants to elevate my mood when I'm down.I feel like I was thrown out like yesterdays trash.Going through a bit of I guess common issues after this relationship.I never gave up on him when times were hard as he did me.He deserves to be happy but why not with his kids.He avoids them more now since he's moved out also.
Expert:  KimberlyF replied 6 years ago.


Your question was transferred to relationship so I will be help you further with your question. It's hard to move on when you have unresolved feelings for your ex, especially if they continue to tell you that they love you but from what you have told me about your ex he isn't showing you much respect to talk so negatively about you to his now girlfriend and allows her to taunt you without saying a word. What you are going to have to do is accept that the relationship is over and talk to your ex about the way you are feeling about how he has treated you and continues to treat you and you also need to learn your self worth and realize you deserve so much better than he is giving you. I think the fact that you were together so long plays a big factor in this and why you cannot find the closure to move on to someone that will treat you better and care about your feeling enough not to allow someone to constantly taunt and disrespect you. Moving on after a break up can be very difficult, getting over someone you have loved can take time and can be very draining. It seems that your life comes to a stand still and it may stay on your mind constantly.


There are three crucial steps to moving on when you break up with someone you invested so much time and feelings into but it can be done if moving on is truly what you want and closure to be able to move on. You need to accept that the breakup is final. Don't sit around and wait for him to come back to you. Chances are that this is not going to happen because he is in another relationship now. Try not to blame anyone for the breakup, including yourself, this will only leave you feeling bitter. You also need to grieve the breakup. Give yourself time to do this as it is a necessary part of the healing process. However, if it causing you too much pain try to find other things to keep yourself busy to take your mind off of the breakup. Go out with friends or do something that you really enjoy doing to help you move on. It's too soon for you to start dating and you should make the timeline for getting out and dating only when you have found closure in the relationship that you had for 16 years with this man.


If you do decide to date again make sure that you are ready for this and do not allow the previous breakup to scar your future relationships that is why closure is very important you don't want to take your old baggage into another relationship and repeat the cycle you want to be able to start fresh. You may decide that you do not want to date again for a while and that you are happy with yourself being single but it won't be productive to continue to be alone for a long period of time, whether it be you hanging out with friends or family, volunteering, accept more work hours, just as long as you are not sitting at home pining for your ex because to be honest it doesn't sound like he is pining for you since he is with someone else. It might be hard to hear but if he truly wanted the relationship back he would have stayed by himself for some time and talked things out with you. You have to realize that you are worth more than he is giving to you and that you deserve to be in a healthy and loving relationship with someone that cares about you and loves you.

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Expert:  KimberlyF replied 6 years ago.


Also counseling may be important for you to help you get through this grieving process and better move on without feeling like you were thrown out like yesterdays trash which brings me back to learning your self worth and not feeling like you can only be justified by your ex. The fact that you are already being asked out on dates shows that you have something to offer someone. I think it may be the fact that you have accepted his treatment for so long that you started to believe that you didn't deserve any better but you do. The fact that he treats you and your children second best shows that he has alot of growing up to do and is being very selfish and you cannot make him be a better father he has to want to be better for the children. Counseling for both you and the children may be a good idea so that you all can heal from this.

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