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He’s the one whose opinion she solicits regarding how that shirt or those jeans look on her. And there will be plenty of times when both of those are in short supply.

She accepts that her marriage is nothing more than a good friendship and always has been. She acknowledges that she’s lived a majority of her life trying to make other people happy and “do the right thing” and never put her own happiness first. The day we came back home, she told her husband about us and asked him to move to his parents’ house. As expected, she got little support or understanding. They finally admitted that they knew the marriage was in trouble for years despite the calm appearance.

The secrets, the hiding, the lying, the denial, the stolen moments, becoming someone whose behavior does not match one’s self-image or presumed values… And yet I find myself “sweating the small stuff.” For instance, leaving her at night knowing she will be in his bed. He is still not living in their home and they are having an ongoing discussion about the end of their marriage. And it is tough to find one’s self in a position of cognitive dissonance and self-recrimination.

in general, the cognitive dissonance an affair requires. Knowing the distance between her shower and her clothes/closet and that there is no privacy. Despite some of the vitriolic (and inane) comments, she is trying to be respectful about the way she ends the marriage. The only way to handle it with dignity is to try to treat everyone involved with respect and honesty.

They assume you're wasting away your youth; however, I couldn't disagree more.

This is a declaration for anyone who's in a long-term relationship in their 20s and has felt pressure to "see what else is out there." Some people think that being in a relationship in your 20s makes no sense at all.

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