I mentioned in my last post that we are redefining who we are individually and as a couple. This has been especially so for me, I find myself in a position I never really imagined.
I've worn many faces over the years: daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend, lover, wife, mother, grandmother, employee, caregiver, mentor, victim, survivor, thriver, submissive, massochist. But, who am I now?
I've been thinking about this quite a bit and I don't honestly know. I guess I'm still a daughter, but my parents are deceased. I'm quite OK with that since they were the ones who made me a victim. I became a survivor and thriver without any input or support from them.
I'm still a mother and grandmother, but my children and grandchildren do not live close. I'm not an active participant in their lives due to long standing issues that have caused us to be estranged. That makes me sad, but they aren't interested in changing that and I can't force them to make the necessary changes required. Musicman has a better relationship with them and he frequently shares pictures of our grandkids with me.
Employee, caregiver, mentor: many years ago I chose to pursue a career in health care. I spent 38 years as a professional caregiver. I was quite successful and for a period of time mentored people entering the profession. In addition to being a professional caregiver, I also found myself in the position of being the main caregiver for family and friends. I found it quite fulfilling.
Unfortunately, 2 1/2 years ago I sustained a separated shoulder in an accident. I haven't worked a day since then. Shortly after that I received a diagnosis of severe degenerative arthritis in most of my major joints and spine. Chronic pain and numbness on some level have become my new normal. I will never be able to hold down a job again. I find it very ironic that I spent so many years caring for others and now I struggle to take care of myself.
I can now happily say I continue to be a wife and lover to my Musicman. Just a year ago I thought that was coming to an end. It's been a tumultuous year, but we're finally in a good place. Due to my physical issues and things that Musicman is going through, being physical lover's is a bit more challenging than we would like. We are communicating well about these issues and are working through them.
Submissive and masochist, yes those proclivities are still present for me, I just don't indulge in them right now. Obviously my physical issues are partly the cause of that. If properly motivated we could find ways to work around them. I don't want to. Musicman has brought it up a few times, but I've shut him down every time. Right now I don't feel like I'm in a good place mentally or emotionally to bring D/s or TTWD back into our relationship. There is a part of me that misses it, but there's a bigger part of me that isn't ready for that yet. I'm not sure what it would take or what would need to happen for me to be comfortable with that dynamic again.