Can a divorced person be in love but still not able to shake their feelings from their ex? In other words, is it possible to get into a happy, healthy relationship if you’re not over the divorce? Maybe, maybe not.
Here is one reader’s story, followed by my advice:
I had to leave my ex because he failed me as a husband; he became a heavy unmotivated drinker and we basically became roommates. As much as I want to close that chapter, I can’t just choose to stop loving someone who I had a deep connection and child with. Sometimes I feel like I abandoned him in these dark days, but I don’t think he would’ve ever changed if I didn’t do something extreme. I think I almost saved his life and his relationship with our daughter by leaving.
Problem is, is that I still can’t move on. I still feel stuck because I was unsure and I left. I have been doing everything I can to try to process it, but I feel like time almost makes it worse as I forget the bad of our marriage and see my daughter grow into this person we now know separately. My ex really got his sh**t together once I left and enough time has gone by where I feel like we would be ready to date again. Problem is, is that I already met someone amazing. Is it really too little too late?
What a difficult situation for this woman. I have a few thoughts. First, it bothers me that she had to leave to get her husband to get his shit together. But the good news is, it worked, and according to her he is a better person and a better father. This should be the first conversation she has with her ex. She should ask him why it took her leaving for him to become a better person/husband/father. She should express her resentment (which anyone would have.) Hopefully he can explain and apologize for that. She then should consider telling her ex how she feels. Maybe he wants to get back together, as well.
But if the two decide to get back together, they both need to do it for the right reason: love. In other words, not because she doesn’t want to be with someone who isn’t her daughter’s dad. That isn’t the best reason for people to work things out, because as time goes by, if they didn’t really want the reconciliation for themselves (for love) then they begin to resent each other and they might feel trapped. It has to be for love.
Also, meeting Mr. Right is no small thing. Her boyfriend seems like a great guy who is committed to both her and her daughter. I wouldn’t give that up so fast. She might regret it later. Furthermore, there is the possibility that if she gets back with the husband that he could revert back to his old ways.
The thing is, ask anyone who is divorced and even if the person is blissful in their current relationship, and even if they get remarried, I think the sadness of not being with your kids’ father is always there. It just is. But that doesn’t mean everyone wants to get back together with their ex’s, and it doesn’t mean we aren’t happily fulfilled in life.
Who knows. Maybe no one really, truly gets over their divorce. Everyone has regrets. But, there’s a difference between always being a little sad that the marriage ended, and wanting to give it another try (like this reader.)
If she doesn’t pursue the idea of reconciling with her ex, I think her current relationship could suffer. Then again, her pursuit could end a wonderful relationship with a committed man. It’s a tough call. I wish her all the best.
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