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Holding On… Letting Go…

Posted Jul 13 2008 12:00am

I’m wondering, at which point, holding on becomes more painful than letting go. My specific situation is irrelevant- this is applicable to so many things. Clinging to something, desperately wanting it to work out the way you envisioned it, unable to accept the reality that it’s NOT working, and letting go (a “strategical retreat” as my dad calls it) is the only thing you have left to do.

So why is it so hard? I make it sound so easy, so simple. It’s not working, cut your losses and try something different.

There has been so much time, energy and hope invested in this. There is so much meaning behind holding on/letting go. It’s far from easy, far from simple. Oh-so-easy to say…so much harder to actually do.

I refuse to let go. On an intellectual level, I KNOW that this is never going to work. On an emotional level, I desperately need it to work. Or maybe I just believe that I need it to work? Maybe it was never right to begin with. Maybe I am walking down the wrong path altogether…or maybe a miracle will occur and suddenly everything will be.just.fine.

I don’t know.

I’m facing lots of decisions right now. Well technically, that’s not true. The decisions have been made. Some by myself (not by choice- I didn’t/still don’t see alternatives), and some have been dictated by others.

Where does this leave me? I feel lost. Heartbroken. Scared. Lonely.

I am so incredibly hurt by everything that’s happened over the last few months in New York. I put on this facade that I am happy it didn’t all end as badly as previous stays here, but really…this feels different. This isn’t my doing. This isn’t something I had control over. And that’s what hurts the most. There has been so much rejection and pain and betrayal that I’m wondering if coming back was a mistake. I wasn’t prepared for this. How could I be? I, perhaps naively, didn’t see this coming.

I’m going home, once again, broken. Words fail me at times like this.

I’m hurting. I’m angry. I don’t know how to deal with this. I’m scared of what lies ahead, and scared of what I’ve left behind. I’m scared of the can of worms that has been opened, and scared that things can never go back to how they were.

I just want someone, hell ANYONE, to tell me that it’s going to be okay. Instead of the countless number of people that have said it’s NOT okay. I am not okay. There’s something wrong that they don’t want to deal with. I need people right now. I need to hear that you know that I tried, that I pushed myself as hard as I could, and that maybe it wasn’t the right thing at the right time.

Guys- I struggle with this more than I will ever tell you, more than you will ever know. I can completely understand that you don’t know how to deal with it, or that it’s not your problem. You’re right. It’s not. I’m sorry for all that I put you through, the things I ask of you, the things I need from you. I’m sorry that I’m not who you want me to be. I’m not who I want to be either. Trust me- whatever you think of me, or the negativity you throw my way…it’s nothing I don’t already do to myself. And I punch harder than you ever could.

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