Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.
— Anais Nin
I have many regrets in my life, strongest of which is I am sorry that I became a mother. I may not wreck my children’s lives (or I may, the verdict is out) but they deserve a stronger person, a better example, different genes than mine, a greater chance for happiness & joy.
I’m sorry that I didn’t reach out to my sister’s kids when they were small. Oh, I have excuses: working full-time, newly married, new step-mom, three little ones in four years. But I didn’t and I can never fix that. I should have and to Michal and Josh, I owe an apology.
I’m sorry that I gave in to addiction. So it’s a disease and all, but don’t some people manage it better? I wanted to escape. I became a drunk. To my children and my husband, most of all, I am so sorry.
I’m sorry that I never confronted my father while he was living about his abusive anger, control, retaliation, and cruelty. I was too afraid. I lived every moment in the thralls of that fear, but there were a few times when I almost had the courage. I didn’t. He is dead and to my sisters, I am so sorry. We all deserved better. To mom, who took it on the cheek emotionally speaking, you’re still here and that’s saying something.
I’m sorry for all the sarcasm that I threw at people over the years. It’s wicked and wrong. I am glad to have mostly overcome this. To my sisters, certain friends I will not name, Tom and even at times my children. Especially Molly.
I have specific regrets,Molly, for not being the step-mom you deserved. I was jealous, weak, and petty about your mom and for that I am ashamed.
I regret never trying anything when I was young. I was living in a straight-jacket of fear and need to please my parents. If I do anything now people smirk. I should know better. That’s just it. I don’t know better.
I really should never have tried to love, because I’m fairly incapable of it. Having never received unconditional love growing up, there’s a canyon of need and grief, and no matter how much I try to love others, I’m bereft of the skills I am certain one needs to truly love back. My best attempt is with Tom and 2nd with my children, and I’m sorely lacking. I know the actions but inside I am frozen-hearted.
I try to love others. But I am just hanging on. If I let go, to reach out to others, won’t I fall?