... my orphan Thanksgiving. ha It actually wasn't too bad. A friend of a friend hosted and she was a cool person - an aspiring stand-up comedian with depth - and I enjoyed talking with her about both comedy and my theatre activities before everyone arrived. Yes, unfortunately I was the first to arrive, but in my defense, it was a half an hour after the start time.
In any case, when the other people did arrive, they were interesting and easy-to-talk-with... and they brought some delicious food! I bowed out about three hours in, prior to the games portion of the evening, thinking I should get home to Zoey (but equally because my introvert was tired out). I talked to S for quite another lengthy and productive conversation earlier in the day, on his way to his dad's, and my brother later in the afternoon. So, all in all, it wasn't too tragic and lonely.
Today, I had a phone appointment with my counselor, then met with S for lunch. I'm not sure what to say about everything right now... Suffice to say, we have been able to talk through things, be more open, and admit to our parts in the relationship problems more readily with a little distance, I guess.
On my side, I am seeing more clearly a part of me that is cold and hard... it comes out when I am anxious and/or uncomfortable, which I was with S's insecurity and what I judged as "neediness" around communication and attention, for example. I want to soften this part of me so that I can be more compassionate and available with myself and my partner.
S really appreciated being heard around some things, including that he felt I expected a lot of one-way support when I was focused on other things, like family or work conferences etc. but then hadn't seemed willing to give "care and repair" to the relationship afterwards. He was able to hear that my anxiety and need to prove that I am "okay" can block my ability to engage and be sensitive/caring at these times - that it wasn't about him, as he kept thinking. This is just one example of many of these types of insights, which feel like a relief to share with one another.
Going forward, we are still broken up and will be communicating less for a while - we said we would not talk or email for the next week, then check in at that point. He feels like he will get more traction on his anger (and underlying fear) issues working on his own, and that he needs to do this in order to be available for a healthy relationship. As mentioned, I want to work on softening this cold part of myself that can be so judgmental and distancing.
Heading in to the lunch today, I wanted to get a sense of whether we both had some level of hope that we might work through our thorniest problems, opening the door to be together down the line. Somewhat surprisingly, we both said we did have this hope. He mentioned two or three months as a possible timeline in his mind.
While I feel happy about this, I also feel unwilling to put my life on hold during this time. He made the choice to break up, and there are no guarantees as to what will happen. So, I am thinking - and told him - that I am going to date or at least be open to meeting other people. Perhaps this experience will help me feel more sure about my eventual commitment to S. I will say that I have felt more chemistry and closeness with him, since we have been broken up, which could be just due to relief from the conflict/anger cycle and a feeling of "being on the same page"... and could also be partly due to my going off supplements, including DHEA.
So that's my complicated report. This weekend, I don't have much planned except for dancing on Sunday. I'm going to try and get a few things done tomorrow but will also need to get the heck out of the house for a while - maybe I'll go see a movie. I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving and enjoy this weekend, as well.