Cleaning up the mess of a life shared when the one you shared it with left you with a ton of mess in all varieties is, shall we say, full of suck.
His rapid exit made for some interesting problems. I cannot remain in the apartment we shared, due to his name being on the lease. I have things in storage, but am having difficulty getting them out, as the storage unit was in his name, and the access code is not in my memory bank. I have too much furniture for the smaller apartment I am moving too soon, and have to get rid of it. I am paying off the last of his bills, but that means less than no money left for myself.
In short…getting to the Anger phase of a breakup has been remarkably easy, given the circumstances.
Mentally, I feel like I’m much farther along than I would expect to be, ending a 5 and a half year relationship that was supposed to culminate in marriage. I think I’m just glad it’s over. In retrospect, I was growing tired of the tension that was growing as my patience and tolerance for his Narcissistic tendencies was waning.
But the problem has become that, as I move into a new phase of my life…getting closure on this one is going to be more difficult.
Normally, closure isn’t so difficult to achieve. Disentangling your life from a partners us normally done over a period of time – you find new places to live, divvy up the stuff, possibly have a few discussions if it’s worth salvaging.
But with a NARC – you cannot expect this.
They thrive on creating chaos out of others’ lives. They derive strength in knowing they’ve left wakes of destruction for those behind them. They live for ‘the kill.’
And they do NOT stick around to watch.
Kyle and I broke up for the second time 13 years ago – it was remarkably easy to write it off as difficulties due to the three hours between us. We stayed in sporadic contact during the time he was married to his 3rd ex-wife (Who he just left me for.) There was a time he separated from her during the marriage, and we had a weekend tryst…but that was the extent of our involvement during his marriage. He supposedly reconciled with her and they lived another 3 years before calling it quits.
Had I known then what I know now about his Narcissism, I would have NEVER opened the door when he came knocking. He had exhausted her as a source of Narcissistic supply…and returned back to his other sure source – me. At that point, I had cultivated enough in my life that I didn’t long for him…honestly didn’t give him much of a second thought at that point. I had gotten closure by that point.
Now, however, it’s much more needed, and I know there is no way to get it. NARCS will not come back in the recent aftermath – you are too likely to accuse them of being the parasitic worms they are, and truth and reality do NOT mix with a NARC.
They do not understand the hurt and pain they cause, so to be confronted with it would cause a cognitive dissonance that their minds are not equipped to process. You will NOT ever get closure with a Narcissist to a degree that makes you feel you’ve put all your issues to rest with them if you are expecting them to participate.
So, I have set on my own path of ‘closure.’ I have blocked his number and his facebook from me. I have added his email to my spam list. I have told my neighbors to please not give him information about me if he asks them where I’ve gone. My Apartment complex managers know the situation, and promise me they will not provide my forwarding address.
No Contact is not easy. I find I want to text and ask him ‘Why?’ I notice I want to email him and ask him what he expects me to do with artifacts he left behind. I would love to know the access code to our storage unit – but calling him would risk his testing the waters when he decides his ex wife has given him all he needs. I will have to find other ways. It is not worth it to risk contacting him, giving his soul-sucking ego one morsel of satisfaction that he’s in my thoughts.
I gave him enough of my past. I refuse to give him one second of my future. And it’s funny…because that realization alone makes me feel like I’m going to get closure I need.
I just need to give it time.