Okay, I’m done.

I think it might be time to sit back and take a deep breath. Or eighty.

After The Husband and I had our own personal disaster date, and it finally became clear that he wanted me to get on with my life, that’s exactly what I decided to do.

I bought a bed. I bought opera tickets for a date I don’t even have yet. I went out with friends. I went on an upside-down roller coaster for the first time ever. And, last night, I went to dinner. With a boy.

Brian is an old friend. We worked together briefly years ago and clicked immediately. It was incredible how much we had in common. After he quit, we lost contact. I heard from him once in a blue moon. I heard he had gotten married and, shortly after, divorced.

Had The Husband and I not found ourselves in this shituation, I doubt I would have ever contacted him. But we did and suddenly I had a whole new perspective. Like the fact that I’ve built my entire life around one man and I have been the worst friend ever.

I’ve let friendships crumble around me. The only ones I’ve ever maintained are those with people I work with and only because there’s no getting away from them.

So, out of the blue, I sent Brian a text message. Something along the lines of, “So, I think we should get together and catch up. Would that be weird?”

I mean, it had been three years since we last heard from each other. Maybe he was still married. Maybe he was remarried. Had kids. Moved out of state. Who the hell knows.

But then his reply: “Stephanie, it’s good to hear from you. No, I don’t think it’s weird. What time works best for you?”

So, we made plans for dinner.

And then, Monday, I went on the upside-down roller coaster. I was determined. Resolved. Not nervous at all. Well, not until I got strapped in. Then I had a serious case of butterflies and I hope I don’t throw up.

The verdict: shockingly meh. I didn’t hate it. I didn’t love it. I’d go on it again. But I wouldn’t run for it. I’d rather go on Peter Pan, to be completely honest.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t prepared for the depression that crept back in on me after it was over.

I couldn’t help it. I kept thinking about how this was such a momentous occasion in my life. MY FIRST UPSIDE-DOWN ROLLER COASTER. EVER. I had confronted the beast. I had conquered. I was victorious. And my husband wasn’t there for any of it.

After that, I didn’t want to see Brian. Suddenly it was too much, too soon. Everything was going way too fast. An upside-down coaster and a date dinner with a boy all in the same week?

I wanted to cancel our plans. I almost did. I came this close.

I’m glad I didn’t.

It was just like old times. It was like someone had rudely interrupted our conversation and we were getting right back to where we left off. We talked for four hours.

It still blows me away that there’s someone on this earth that could share so many of the same views, opinions, and… everything (or so it seems) as me. Every other sentence had one of us exclaiming, “I know!”

It was great.

I can’t explain the disappointment I felt when he told me he was in a relationship. I’m definitely not interested in getting involved right now. Could there have been a spark? Maybe. But I wasn’t looking for one or even hoping for one. It’s just that he’s such a strong person, so steady and stable, and so… trustworthy. And right now? That’s hot.

A friend e-mailed me recently and said “I hope you are hanging in there. (I know better than to hope you are doing well.)” But the fact is… I’m doing surprisingly well. I’m even happy a lot of the time. Sure, I struggle. I struggle with the thought that, deep down, I know exactly what I want, but I’m just too afraid to admit it. I struggle with the fear of making the wrong decisions.

But aside from that, there is happiness and I am grateful. But, still, it might be a bit too much too soon. I think I need some alone time. I want to lie on the beach. Take a walk with my camera. Go… somewhere. And do something that isn’t surprising or exciting or overwhelming.

I just want to relax and chill.

All by myself.

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12 Responses to Okay, I’m done.

  1. Do what feels right for you, and everything will fall into place. You will come out of this a much stronger person.

  2. Lan says:

    the all by myself piece? key.have fun with that. enjoy yourself. you know now what going on an upside down roller coaster is like, you know now that friendships (new and old) is a piece you should grow and nurture, and yay, you know that you-time is needed. do it.Anais Nin wrote, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage”. what you're doing now is so incredibly brave and strong. you're doing wonderfully, remember that.

  3. rory says:

    You GO girrrllly!!!!Enjoy and don't ponder too much for a little bit.Give yourself a break.

  4. amy says:

    good for you…enjoy those quiet moments alone….cherish the silence and YOU for once.

  5. Gayle says:

    I think your last paragraph is key. This is a time when you can do things that you want to do without worrying about another person and what they want to do, or what they want you to be. Be who you want to be and do what you want to do and discover yourself.

  6. Stephanie says:

    You're absolutely right. And, in a sense, I've already realized this. It's wonderful spending six straight hours reading and not having to worry about being asked to cook, clean, talk, go somewhere, etc. The freedom has been nice.

  7. MichelleSG says:

    Good for you babe, rock on with your bad self!

  8. I love the new digs. I'm happy you can write freely. You, my dear, are a breath of fresh air. You've done some great things here…and come out alive and well. I'm glad you are doing well – more than okay. yay!

  9. Debbie W says:

    I agree with Gayle…a perfect time to discover who Stephanie is and what exactly it is you want out of life without someone else trying to mold you. There is a lot to be said for time alone with yourself. I highly recommend it. 🙂

  10. lacey says:

    Congrats on getting out there and getting over your fear! The freedom part sure sounds nice and relaxing. You should totally make some rice krispie smores if you're ever having a down day =)

  11. Christine says:

    You are going to be just fine. No, better than fine: Great! If you want to take a walk with your camera and don't mind driving, I know a great national park by me…. and you can use my park pass 🙂

  12. mia says:

    yup.. i agree… waaaayyyyy too soon. I did that the first month or so too… but it was just too weird. It's been four years since the mister moved out and only now am i finally getting to know who i really am and what i want. The first couple years I spent asking myself why he left.. but now I”m workin' on me. And when i'm done with that there will be plenty of time to meet someone who will truly love my fabulosity :)))::hug::

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