You know that thing going around Facebook, the Love Your Spouse Challenge? Well I was cringing every time I got onto Facebook because I figured one of my friends would nominate me eventually. It happened. I’m on day 3 by the way. Until today I didn’t post anything gushy with the picture, just the facts of when it was taken. In fact, I didn’t get real gushy today but it was more wordy and the truth. It’s a start, right?
Oh sure. I could have just not did it but then the facade of our marriage might be in jeopardy! The view of my life from the outlet of social media in danger! Don’t act like you don’t think this way (on occasion). We want others to think and believe that our lives are beautiful and picture worthy and that the ugly never enters. It does. The ugly makes it appearance and it brings you to your knees. To the point of “get me outta here!” Which in reality means get in my car, go for a long drive, and turn up some Aerosmith or Zac Brown Band or something of that nature.
Disclaimer here – I love my husband but it takes more than love to make a marriage work. Divorce isn’t in our language so don’t go telling others our marriage is over please. Just wanted that documented.
Struggling times, problem times, hiccup in the road times. Whatever you want to call them – happen in marriage. It’s the ugly truth and hiding it I suppose is the “norm”, sometimes I just wanna buck the norm! Sometimes I don’t want to feel alone in this struggle after 13 years of marriage. The frustration. The loneliness. The anger. The sadness.
I’m an expressive person where my husband is not. I don’t necessarily need to share my dirty laundry with the world. Or perhaps I do since I’m blogging here today. Maybe I’m angry at the world because sharing your dirty laundry is frowned upon. Then again that would make me a hypocrite cause when I see some of the things posted on Facebook I want to reach through the computer screen and smack the person that posted it!
Do I seem a little feisty today? Yes I am but it’s milder than it was two days ago I promise. Perhaps snarky is a more accurate word. I don’t want depression, marriage issues, struggles, and grief to be something that people shy away from when seeing it in others. I don’t want to feel uncomfortable or have them uncomfortable. But I am.
When a couple of friends have reached out, I now feel embarrassed and ashamed. I feel like by now I should have it back together. That I should be happy with the newer house, the healthy kids, the hard-working husband, the easy job I have, and so much more.
They’re right. I should. This darkness won’t go away though. The heaviness that I feel is not dissipating. Although hearing God’s word yesterday did help. Then again this morning reading and writing in my prayer journal. It’s a start right?
Whether it’s depression or marriage issues or work issues or family issues hang on. If you are struggling out there know you are not alone. Others in this world are in the midst of something not so sweet and beautiful. The point is to move forward. Right now I feel like I’m stuck in a spot of mud but I know in the back of my mind I will get out. I will move forward to a better day, maybe tomorrow, maybe next week, maybe in an hour. I don’t know when but it’s coming.
I’m pushing to the light of grace.