10 Year Divorce Anniversary

June 30, 2023 - 10 Year Divorce Anniversary

I love being divorced. Every year has been better than the last. By the way, I'm not saying don't get married. If you meet somebody, fall in love and get married. Then get divorced. Because that's the best part. Divorce is forever! It really actually is. Marriage is for how long you can hack it. But divorce just gets stronger like a piece of oak. Nobody ever says 'oh, my divorce is falling apart, it's over, I can't take it. - Louis C.K.
We don't have a future together

It was Sunday, June the 30th 2013, after 20 years of being married, my wife spoke out and informed me, with the bone-chilling realization, that our marriage wasn’t going to work out.

"We don't have a future together" is the sentence my ex wife told me that day when I asked her what bothers her. I knew that our relationship is not the best one. She was nervous and bitter for days so it all ended that Sunday. 

When I heard those words I was not so surprised. I told her to check her heart and see does she love me. She said, NO, things have changed. I got up and left her forever.

My first month after splitting up was all about grief and mourning for hopes and dreams that can never be fulfilled, shock and bewilderment, guilt, regret, and remorse, sympathy and antipathy... in one word - devastation.

This is my life, I thought. But it was not anymore.

Maybe you're thinking that I, as an a spiritual seeker, am supposed to be a sterling example of composure and serenity, a person of exquisite poise and understated elegance radiating love and compassion. Maybe you're thinking I should be a transcendent being who lives untouched by the petty challenges and annoyances of daily life.  

My state of inner harmony was disturbed. The separation rocked the very foundation of my being, leaving me feeling lonely, flawed, enraged, undesirable, hopeless and empty.

I just wanted to go to my new place and to start a new life. I was going through a protracted meltdown that has uprooted me from my daily life. 

It is impossible to stay a friend with ex.

Now, I remember our marriage as essentially a marriage of two strangers, we were together 22 years while each of us remained utterly alone, pervaded by the deep sense of insecurity, anxiety and guilt. 

After the separation, I wanted to be a friend with her but she refused any contact. I have realized that she has planned divorce a long time before she actually expressed her feelings. I do regret the time spent with her, I regret being ever married to her. 

Anyway, I don't want to sound pathetic, much less nostalgic. It is 10  year anniversary so I find it necessary to see things as they were. No imagination or wishful thinking. It is true, we didn't have a future together.

I discovered that divorce isn't such a tragedy. 

Suddenly, there were no locks keeping me chained in my seat in the marriage boredom. I was enslaved by my own fear and ignorance and suddenly I was free. I just marched myself into this damned idiotic, impossible boring, married life without ever stopping to think about what I was doing. Now that was over.

Divorce is not a tragedy, a tragedy is staying in an unhappy marriage and dreaming something else. In my marriage from outside everything looked fine and polished but the melancholy and apathy was my reality. On June 30, 2013, all that came to the end.