Relationship forum: working with an Ex is the latest instalment of our relationship forum post. You can go here our Relationship Help Forum page to see the other stories. We explore real life relationship crisis stories and offer workable solutions to make life and relationships better. All identifiable details have been changed. Today's story features Cheryl * (not her real name) who has to work with her ex. Here's an edited version of what she said:
Relationship forum: working with an ex
Dear Anne, I would love to
follow these steps. My relationship is a little different though. I have to
work with my ex. I have to see him every day and hear him talk about all the fun
things he is doing. While I go back and sit miserably alone at home. I find myself
praying for the weekends to arrive quickly so I can have a couple of days of not
having to hear or see him. But all I want to do is call him and hang out with
The ex is still making things difficult
He keeps leading me on. He tells me things like: 'Well I need to make sure it
will last for good before we go further'. He also says he loves me and he knows he won’t get anyone better than me, that he
couldn’t ask for more.
If he really feels like that then why doesn’t he move me
back in and make it work? I'm so confused by all this. It’s like he will say
whatever he needs to, to make sure I still love him. Yet, he won’t make any kind
of commitment to me. We have been together for four years. It has been such an
on-again, off-again, up-and-down, roller coaster ride. I hate feeling so sad
and depressed. I’m still young, pretty, fun, outgoing and I sit at home and cry
all the time. I hate it. I cry at work, I cry driving down the road, I cry at
random times. Sometimes I can’t stop it, and sometimes I can tissue it and
get it under control until I can get home and then here comes the rainfall!
I’ve recently signed up to walk in a Marathon hoping that would keep me busy and
distracted, but it doesn’t. All it does is make me want to go to him and tell
him look, look at me I can move on and have fun too. But that's a lie. I’m not
having fun, I just want to be with him and make everything better.
Dear Cheryl, I can see that you’ve
got a problem.
Your work and your home are the places in which you spend most
of your time. Having to make yourself go into your office day in, day out with
him there, must be very difficult indeed.
I can see why you’re so upset. It’s
not a perfect situation. I know you must've
thought about this and scrapped the idea, but I just have to ask - isn’t there
any way you could swap shifts or office with someone else? Is a transfer out of
the question? Like I said, this is
probably not possible. After all you shouldn’t have to do that.
Making hard choices for peace of mind
However, if nothing
else works, this may be your only choice. You can’t go on in your present state
forever. What is more important to you, your state of mind or your job? You seem to be
heading in the right direction, signing up for the marathon. Concentrate harder
Now to get to the
problem. I don’t think that this man is having all the fun he’s letting on. I
think that he’s making a lot of them up because he’s too immature to accept
that the relationship has failed and he’s half to blame.
You see, in making you
think that he’s having a ball, is (in his mind) letting you know that his life
is perfect and all the sadness that you’re feeling is because YOU were the one
who was the failure (who caused the failure of the union).
happy one, after all, ‘Look, I’m still having all this fun.’ Underneath, I’m sure
he’s miserable too. No one can walk away after 4 years and not feel SOMETHING.
However, this is obviously not a relationship that’s going to work. If after 4
years you can’t get it right, I have a feeling that the fifth year won’t
bring any promises.
Maybe the relationship was never meant to last
It will take time to
heal. Four years is a long time to be with someone. Why did you two never
marry? It seems as though you were never sure of each other. You lived
together, but never made the commitment. I know that it’s not money, because my
husband and I didn’t have any money for a wedding, and we got married anyway.
Get on with your
training and look at some of the steps I've already mentioned in the article. Working with
him is always difficult. You HAVE to see him every day and this is not the
recipe for getting over him. I’m sure that if this wasn’t the case, you'd
be able to work on your pain a lot better. Take the week-end to
sit down and write down all your options. Consider them carefully, then if you
can, request to see your supervisor on Monday, to talk about what has happened
and how you’re feeling. He or she may have a solution about the work thing, and
would appreciate your honesty about your predicament. What do you think about working with an ex? Have you ever had to do this before? How did you manage and what advice can you add to this? As always, thanks for visiting and please share Relationship Forum: Working With An Ex on your social networking sites. Don't forget to visit the Relationship Help Forum page for more real life relationship stories with solutions.