I have known I was codependent since I was about 18 years old, when I destroyed a relationship with it. It is a lot for someone to take on, even if they devote themselves to you, sometimes it's not enough and they just can't carry on anymore.
I have had a bumpy road, some amazing highs and some terrible lows.
For example, for a short while I got swept up in a whirlwind romance, from a chance meeting in a park, within weeks we had declared our love and sped off into the sunset. What made it work so well for that short time, was that she was another codependent.
But it was seriously unhealthy.
We fed eachothers addictions unrelentingly, understanding the others desire to be adored, we wrapped ourselves in our own world, shutting everything else out, knowing that as long as we had eachother, we always had someone.
It went disastrously wrong, as our need for affection meant that when we argued, she sought that attention elsewhere. As quickly as it came, it went. I'm not angry anymore, just a hell of a lot wiser.
But now, in my current step towards peaceful solitude, and the comfort of one, I have discovered something about myself.
I can take immense momentary joy in the smallest things.
In my last entry I wrote about the feeling of the sun on my skin, and the warmth it brought me within.
But that was just one thing.
At work, I had a moment where I realised I was actually quite lucky. I told a colleague that I was happy because when I wake up in the mornings, I don't find myself going "oh god I have to go to work." I just get there, and I enjoy the company.
Well needless to say it earnt me some strange looks, turns out nearly everyone there doesn't like their jobs, so I guess I am lucky to be doing something I enjoy, how many people have that?
At another point on the train ride in, a girl smiled at me when our eyes met, for a moment our souls touched and I fell in love, for the quickest moment, and then it passed. It's hard to explain, I couldnt even describe her to you now, and in a way that doesn't matter, but we connected for the quickest moment, and I can only hope she felt the same thing.
This was not a case of spotting a cute girl and wanting her number, I had no desire to get to know here, we both got what we needed from that encounter, strange as that may be.
But the ultimate point came in anonymous form, when someone took the time to be the first commenter on this blog.
He or she took the time to explain to me that this is all natural, and that I am not the only one to think these things. Whoever they are, I owe them a lot, because they pushed the darkness away, letting a glimpse of light in. It will fade with time, as does everything, but for a moment there, I was not alone.
And when I sleep alone again tonight, I won't really be alone, I will be out there with all the lonely people, the ones who wonder if someone cares. We are in this together, and if you have ever felt the way I do now, know that I am with you.
Thankyou Anonymous, and sweet dreams.