For the past few days (more like few months! 😉 ), I feel like I am caught between two worlds of thinking – the conservative world & the not so conservative (can’t quite say modern)! I guess I have been there all my life, and the realisation of this is dawning on me now.
My mum is an amazing woman – strong, pretty open-minded even though she was brought up in quite a conservative world and times. She did her masters despite lot of opposition from family & friends, thanks to my grandpa who supported her. She is grounded. She follows tradition, but is very practical. I must say that I am the way I am because of her -good & bad 😉
So having her as a mother, I guess I have the same attitude – being grounded in values with a practical outlook. I must say that I am a little more “modern” in my thinking than her. This is not a comparison between the two of us. It is just penning down how I feel off late.
I chose the person I married. It was not something of norm at least in my family where arranged marriages are the way to go. My family supported me (some of them reluctantly) They are devastated now that it has failed with a kid in tow. We do not talk about any of these now, just waiting for the legalities to end I suppose. This is the family front.
To my personal battleground – my mind. I took the liberty of not following tradition, chose a guy. Now since it is a failure, going back to the whiteboard – I wonder if things would have been different had I accepted whomsoever my parents chose?!? At least I would have them to blame if it had failed 😉 Is it weird that I expected the marriage to last forever?! I did hang on for quite a while thinking things would turn around.
Then, when I decided it was over, I started thinking that life is not over for me. I accept A is an important part of my life, but not the only part. There are days when I am made to feel guilty about that!!!! I also find myself defending my thoughts. There are days on end when I feel that this is it -this is all there is to my life now. I am amazed at how people are ever so ready to accept P moving on, finding someone else; but want me to be only a mother and nothing but. I find everything contradictory now. My mind is in absolute turmoil. Conflicting thoughts, feelings rule my life now. I am happy with A, scared/nervous/worried about future, depressed/angry about the past. How can one person feel all this at the same time is what even I wonder? How can I deal with all this? I know…live in the present – that is easier said than done.
Count your blessings my mum says. Hmm….?!?!? Anyways, this is what I was/am and probably will be (for a long time) ruminating on. Conclusion now: My life is an absolute mess with only me to blame and no solution to anything ahead. All I see is gloom for myself with periods of insane happiness with A till he decides to leave (Hope I don’t hang on to him too much!!! for his sake!!)
PS: I don’t know if this post is even remotely coherent…I just typed in whatever. I am not even going to try look at it to make it sensible. Guess this is how my life is now!!!
13 thoughts on “Caught!”
There is no way to be sure that a marriage arranged by your parents would have been better… regrets and self blame hurt. Look for the silver lining until it becomes a bright silver cloud. I am so glad you realise that is A is an important part of your life, but not the only part, do find hobbies and friends do keep you gainfully occupied…. Hugs, IHM
Thanks IHM! Looking for the lining…think I am going or am blind. Have been meaning to write to you.
You should also move on. Do the thing that makes your mind happy and peaceful. People will come and go.
I have Reema!!! Thing is people still keep saying move on! GOK how I can get them to understand that I have!!! 🙂
And dear Vimmuuu what does the Hmmm… mean?!?! explanation please! 🙂
Thanks a lot Oorja!!! wanted one real bad 🙂
Oh! our own mess is what is tough to clean…but then inside somewhere we are all optimistic…hope, faith and love, thats what keeps us going..
Is this the result of the optimistic, positive streak you were talking about in your status message?! 🙂 I keep going, don’t know what it is that keeps me going though – doubt if it is hope or faith 😀
I guess you just need a jump start to move on, everything will be fine. Go back to the whiteboard and erase what is there. You will have a clean board and you are free to write what you want to. If you chose your past yourself, you can chose your future yourself too.
Sometimes Dinesh I think the whiteboard is now too clean, just don’t know what to write on it! Sometimes feel there are way too many options, sometimes feel way too constricted!!!
Maybe your new life is just starting? A better one. There is nothing wrong with you finding love and living your life the way you want. Phooey to anyone who thinks otherwise!
(((hugs and wishes)))