1st time "blogger" so I may sound like I'm rambling...sorry. Here goes... I'm a 47 yr old male and I've been divorced for about 3 months now, after a 9 month separation. Up till the day that changed my life forever, I thought we had a strong marriage, strong family with two kids and the "not perfect" life, but a good life. In fact after talking with every person I knew and alot of people my ex knew, including her family, it was unanimous that everyone thought we had a strong marriage and couldn't believe what she was doing, except for my ex that is! 15 years (almost to the day) down the dray. Now life the way it is pretty much sucks. We have a business together, still have a house that we can't sell due to economy. With our 2 kids heavy into sports and the man my ex seems to show interest in being a coach for one of our kids, I don't seem to be able to get a break from having it shoved into my face and my my nose rubbed in "it" almost on a daily basis. If not for my kids, I'd pack it up and move away to give myself some room to start growing away from her. 2 problems: (1) I love my kids and can't stand the thought of being away from them. (2) I still love my ex (not sure why cause she destroyed everything I loved) but I've never stopped.(after all, it was she that "dumped" on our life, and divorce is nothing more than a legality, not and end to emotional connections). Don't know what to do, but feel something needs to change or I'm going to go nuts! Are there any good books or resources that a "guy" can search out? Most of what I see out here is geared toward women. Good info, but just doesn't seem to have same perspective.??
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