Finding Me

July 5, 2018Rita

I didn’t realize I was lost until I thought about who I was one day. I mean who I was as a person and a woman. Yes, I wear a lot of different hats and have a lot of different titles; sister, daughter, mother, friend, caregiver, business owner, blogger,and more. No single one of them though is the sum of who I am. That woman whomever she is was lost a long time ago. I lost her the day I looked across the street and feel into the eyes of a man that would treat me like garbage for almost the next decade. I allowed that. I allowed myself to become that, to become everything I swore I would never become.

Did you know that I had a fabulous job in Human Resources once and I was good at it. When people ask I generally say that life got in the way and I decided to be a stay at home mom. That’s not true though. The truth is I was told to quit and I did because it kept the peace. I wasn’t abused not in the sense of being hit or even verbally abused but he certainly knew how to get  me to do what he wanted. He knew how to have make sure that even when I caught him cheating, I apologized.

Pathetic huh? I now think of those years as my lapse of sanity years. That has to be the reason. Why you ask? Because I was never the type of gal who would allow a man to do that to me. That is what I always told myself. Yet I did. It took me a few years after the divorce and the relationship ended for good before I could admit all of that. I thought there was something wrong with me. After all he left and was unfaithful because I couldn’t be what he needed me to be. Now I will straight up tell y’all and him if I ever see him there isn’t a a thing in the world wrong with me.

I am perfectly fine even if I am not sure of anything else. I am relearning all of the things I like such music. All of the books that I put off reading and all of the clothing that I wanted to wear but never could. I will never forget the day I discovered I had lost a bunch of weight. I had gone from a size 20 pants to a size 10 and was about to wear a Large shirt for the first time in I don’t know when. I had gotten this top that I thought looked amazing on me. It was one of those tanks with the thin straps. I was so thrilled. I wore my new outfit to lunch with my ex and to say he was less than thrilled was an understatement.

He made a remark to the effect of should I be showing so much when his friends were around. Later he ended up tearing the straps on the shirt. He said it was an accident but I’m certain it wasn’t. That day was the day I stopped working out and started eating again. I haven’t lost that much weight in who knows how long but I have several of those tanks now that I wear.

I want to be able to look back a year from now and say I didn’t know who I was but my journey led me to myself. I want to write a post next year and say I am whatever. I don’t want the sum of my life to be who I am to other people but rather who I am to myself. That is when I can be the best person I am to all of those other people.



  • Dana Rodriguez

    July 5, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    You are right. There is nothing wrong with you. I have been in your shoes before as in a abusive relationship and they try to get an upper hand on you by blaming you for whatever. Big hugs to you.. I totally understand.

    1. Rita3130

      July 6, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Thank you Dana. It took me a long time to realize there is nothing wrong with me but I am finally getting there.

  • Sarah L

    July 5, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    This brought me back to when I was married and he cut up the cute jumpsuit that my mother had made for me. I got out of that relationship the next week.

    1. Rita3130

      July 6, 2018 at 9:04 am

      Yeah,that is never a good thing and was a lesson I learned the hard way.

  • Calvin

    July 15, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Finding oneself is a long journey, definitely lots of ups and down s

    1. Rita

      July 20, 2018 at 10:39 am

      It is and a journey that I could not be more thrilled to be on.

  • lori

    July 19, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Finding yourself is a journey. You have made many positive steps forward.

    1. Rita

      July 20, 2018 at 10:40 am

      Thank you. It is a journey that I should have started years ago but better late than never.

  • Gabrielle

    July 20, 2018 at 9:54 am

    There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with you. And emotional abuse is still abuse and it’s every bit as bad as the kind that leaves visible bruises. I am so sorry you endured it but so happy you’ve come out on the other side ready to find your way back to wholeness.

    1. Rita

      July 20, 2018 at 10:34 am

      Thank you so much! It is hard to see what is happening sometimes when it is happening to you. All I knew was I wasn’t the woman I wanted to be.

  • Kelly Hanley

    September 17, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Finding yourself is hard! I understand!

    1. Rita

      September 19, 2018 at 8:04 am

      It is hard but I am pushing through. I’m determined to rediscover myself.

  • Mary Beth Elderton

    October 26, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I can relate to every word of this. The search continues for myself…and, like you, I’mon the journey. <3

  • Veronica Lee

    November 22, 2018 at 7:17 am

    So sorry you had to endure this. I am glad you are embarking on this journey to find yourself. I wish you the best.


  • Mary Gardner

    November 29, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Good for you for finding out who you are and how you want to live your own life.

  • ellen beck

    November 30, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I am one of your long time followers. I REMEMBER when you were married and some of your posts gave me an odd feeling things were not right. I couldn’t tell you that though- AND IF I had you would have either not believed it or shrugged it off.
    I am glad you are finding yourself again. I too have been in your shoes perhaps that is why it was not hard to recognize.

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