Emotions, Family, My story, Therapy

A Letter

April 26, 2008

Dad,

I’m tired of stuffing my feelings. I’m tired of pretending that I don’t hate what you did to me. I’m tired of ignoring the insanity of my childhood.

Never was my life a bed of roses. I worked hard to get where I am today. And as sure as I am that I am a huge disappointment to you and Mom, that isn’t necessarily a reality. I’m trying harder to accept that there are people who think I’m good at my job. And it warms my heart when one of my students say “I love you, Teacher!”

It’s taken me a very long time to figure out that life is wroth living. I now realize I spent way too much time contemplating how to end my life. And it’s a miracle that I never tried to end it. When things got really bad, I was lucky to have people to turn to. I was extremely lucky to have J, P, J, R, L and Dr. M in college. I was just as lucky to have L and Dr. D in grad school.

I’m angry. I’m very angry. That’s a hard thing for me to say. All those years you taught me that being angry wasn’t okay. It was fine for you to be pissed off at the entire universe. But for me, I had to be the perfect little lady. I could never let my emotions show.

To this day, I’m never really sure what to do with my emotions. I’m trying, slowly but surely, to learn how to express my emotions safely and in a healthy way. It has been a huge challenge for me.

I don’t know how I feel about you. I know I hate your actions. But I don’t know if I hate you. I know I don’t love you. I don’t feel any sort of emotional attachment to you.

I don’t know whether to hate you or pity you. I’m quite certain horrible things were done to you when you were a child. But that isn’t an excuse for what you did to me. That isn’t a reason. You made the choices you made. No one made you follow the path you did. And now, I have to live with those choices.

The good thing that has come out of this is that I’ve made different choices than you made. I have broken the cycle abuse. My method may not be the healthiest, but it is effective. I have chosen to not have a family of my own. And even though that’s unthinkable for you, I know it’s the right choice for me.

It’s taken me a long time to finish this letter. At times, the emotions were just too much. I had to put them, and this letter, away for awhile. And even though it’s been slow, it’s been a huge step forward. I didn’t run away as I would have in the past. I persevered. Progress is progress, no matter how slowly it may be made.

And even though this has been hard, it’s taught me one thing. I am a stronger person than I give myself credit for.

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6 thoughts on “A Letter”

  1. Good for you for feeling the feelings and being able to write the letter. I know it wasn’t easy! It is good that you could make different choices for your own life and that you have found your strength. I hope the healing continues to bring you more and more peace and happiness.

    Take care…
    Tamara

  2. I agree with Tamara. I find that writing allows me to more fully explore how I feel. And, in doing so, I gain a newfound strength in myself. I’ve also found that the longer I hold my feelings inside, the more exacerbated they become…so now, I practice being as direct with people as possible – as soon as possible. I have to admit, sometimes it becomes confrontational, but most of the time people appreciate the assertiveness.

    Thanks

    Beth

  3. Congratulations on putting these feelings down in black and white, this is very difficult we know but it can be very liberating also.

    peace and blessings

    keepers

  4. They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step. Congratulations on the first of many healing steps. They also say creating the personality you want is simply knowing what experiences to hold and which to release. You have found great courage and I suspect you have many other wonderful aspects to bring forth. I add my wish to the others for a fast pain free healing. May your next stop be the joy that comes from finding your dreams.

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