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I Think Life Is Too Short to Be In An Unhappy Marriage

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 290 People

    Best Friends No Intimacy.... Big Problem

    I have been with my husband for almost 17 yrs, married for 12.  Up until a year and a half ago.... we were still like newly weds... but now, all the intimacy has gone out of the relationship.  He is a wonderful guy, great Dad, helps out around the house, we don't fight...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 9, 2009

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    Why Stay?

    Long story short: after I learned some of the skills and techniques to make a happy marriage, my then wife was not interested, so I LEFT.
    jimrich jimrich 66-70, M 1 Response Jan 28, 2011

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    Loveless Marriage

    I have been married for 10years and it has been a disaster from the start. I thought stupidly I had met someone reliable and honest boy was I wrong!! From the first day of moving in together I thought I had married an other person I didnt know. This person was cruel and...
    SHELLY161 SHELLY161 41-45 1 Response Sep 3, 2012

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    Relief

    In May of 2009 I will have been married for 7 years. We have a beautiful, smart, sweet six year old daughter who is the center our our lives, yet we share nothing together aside from the roof over our heads. We have slept in separate rooms for almost 6 of those seven years, and...
    7yearitch 7yearitch 31-35 5 Responses Nov 29, 2008

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    Unsure

    I have only been married for a little more than a year, dated 2 yrs. prior.  Technically we are still newly weds, however getting him to have sex with me is almost impossible.  When we do, there is no passion or romance.  I asked him if he was cheating, if it...
    Judy1973 Judy1973 36-40 3 Responses May 5, 2009

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    Is This It?

    Good Morning, I have only been married for 18 months and I am very unhappy. I am considering walking away. My husband is not a bad man. I just have no desire to be with him. Unsure where to go from here. But life is too short. x
    saucyjaguar0 saucyjaguar0 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 28, 2012

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    Dog On a Nail

    ever here the story about the whining dog on the porch sitting with his owner?  the passerby asks "why is your dog whining?"  response was bc he is laying on a nail.  "why doesn't he move"...it doesn't hurt enough to move"....this is how I...
    summers2008 summers2008 46-50 5 Responses Jun 25, 2009

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    Change Isn't Always An Option

    Before you go giving someone advice about how they should just leave and blah blah blah, you should consider that there are many circumstances you don't know about. In some cases, you simply must do whatever you have to, and capture and cherish every little moment of happiness...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Feb 27, 2011

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    Annoying Lover

    I don't know if there is a such thing, all I do is shower my wife with love but Im starting to feel like maybe im over doing it.  Sure there are tons of women who want attention love and affection but not my wife lol.  She is just a lil rough around the edges but nothing i do...
    taylorgang24 taylorgang24 26-30, M 3 Responses Jan 9, 2012

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    True Colors

    We got married way too fast.  Two weeks after we were married, he showed his true colors.  I understand that I made my bed and have to lie in it and all that.  I took vows and really tried to make the marriage work.  It's been almost two years now and I know...
    2weekslater 2weekslater 36-40 3 Responses Oct 2, 2008

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    So Do Something, If You '..think Life Is Too Short To Be In An Unhappy Marriage'

    If you’re marriage is unhappy, think what you can do about it. What is within your power to change to make it better? It involves at least two people. Don’t just assume life’s too short and so it’s time to leave, it’s only one way to resolve things.
    Hypericum Hypericum 56-60, M 5 Responses Sep 15, 2011

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    Bpack Bpack 31-35 Dec 14, 2014

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    Being True To Myself.

    I was married to a man for almost 8 years. He is gay and used me to be socially accaptable in our southern communtiy. I am not going to be used anymore and I am going to be happy. I ended the marriage and am finding my self esteem.
    brickbybrick1111 brickbybrick1111 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 14, 2012

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    Towards The End!

    This is my second marriage. That alone is a hard thing for me. My first marriage lasted ten years, but he turned out gay.  My second marriage, I thought would be the one to last forever. I lived in Germany and he lived in England, both Americans working for the military...
    pyromonkeysgirl pyromonkeysgirl 26-30 Jul 8, 2010

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    Totally In Love But Wife Is Emotionless.

    Let me start by saying that Im an awesome husband, I do everything there is to do, I put my beautiful wife on the highest of all pedastools I worship the ground she walks on and yet no reward.  I don't want a pat on the back, a treat or for her to bow down to be, but I feel I...
    taylorgang24 taylorgang24 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 23, 2011

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    Stuck Between Doing What's Right And Wanting To Be Happy....

    I've been married for 10 years. I got pregnant in an early age. Because of the guilt we followed what our parents want us to do, we got married! I bore another child the following year. I'm now 27 and could not found anything in common with my husband. I was just 17...
    liberteamour liberteamour 26-30, F 6 Responses Feb 18, 2010

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    Tired of My Husband!

    I am tired of my husband! I don't love him and never did! I don't know what to do about it. He says he will do something stupid if I leave. I am getting to the point of no return. I hate to have sex with him. I long for someone to love and someone that I am attracted to also...
    celestialangel celestialangel 46-50, F 18 Responses Aug 18, 2008

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    The Lessons We Share and Learn

    I was raised in a ultra traditional household - mother cooked every meal, father worked, sports, love, family, church ... blah blah blah. My parents have now been married 42 years. Of those 42 years - my father cheated on my mother for 20 of those years. It was not until I...
    MizzBlue72 MizzBlue72 36-40, F 5 Responses Jun 3, 2009

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    Married 38 Years And Very Happy

    My main reason for entering was chat area is mainly to gain advice for my son who has just seperated after 10 years, I started researching why people do not stay married and found there are many reasons, most of them are because of selfishness and some are because some think...
    RobWilbow RobWilbow 56-60, M 3 Responses May 11, 2010

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    Is It To Much To Ask?

    I work all day, worry about the bills, the kids, and how we are going to buy grocerys. My husband does none of those things. So is it to much to ask to have clean towels every, and clean dishes? He has not a worry in the world and I hate him for it! I have no respect for his...
    Whatinthellwasithinking Whatinthellwasithinking 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 22, 2012

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    Queen of Bad Choices

    I was going to write how I got to this point but it became way too long.  I am 59 years old, married for the last 36 years to the same man and have been unhappy for probably 30 of them.  Different years were different degrees of unhappiness but unhappy all the same...
    BadChoiceQueen BadChoiceQueen 56-60, F 2 Responses Sep 13, 2009

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    What To Do When Your Marriage Is Over?

    I have what appears to be a good life. My husband is a good provider and I do not want for any thing. The problem is that he is a sex addict and as cliche as that sounds, it is a horrible reality for me.  Are there any women out there going thru the same with your husband...
    kadu2 kadu2 46-50, F 1 Response Apr 7, 2011

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    Queen of Bad Choices

    I was going to write how I got to this point but it became way too long.  I am 59 years old, married for the last 36 years to the same man and have been unhappy for probably 30 of them.  Different years were different degrees of unhappiness but unhappy all the same...
    BadChoiceQueen BadChoiceQueen 56-60, F 3 Responses Sep 13, 2009

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    Appearances Can Be Deceiving

    I'm not one to knock the idea of marriage in general. I do believe it's a wonderful ideal. It's an overwhelming commitment to vow to spend the rest of your life with someone, to love & honor them, through good times & bad. To share that with someone must be one of the...
    SeriouslySappy SeriouslySappy 51-55, F 7 Responses Aug 28, 2010

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    Seems I'm The One Who Keeps Causing The Unhappiness....what To Do??

    Ok, here’s my story…though I’m giving a shortened version. First marriage ended in divorce after seven or so years w/ no children. Can’t offer a huge explanation except to say we did not communicate as I would have liked. But, I was already feeling inside that there was...
    bikerbiker bikerbiker 41-45, M Nov 14, 2012

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    Bewildered and Fatigued

    Hi Group, Never joined one of these before but I have never been this far down to the end of my sanity rope before.  I have been married for nearly 20, dated for a prior 2 years.  I am so deeply saddened to say (and know) that I clearly married the wrong person. ...
    JohnInc JohnInc 41-45, M 9 Responses Nov 9, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    Mine was not a goodbye but a very brief arrivederci. Reading about how scores of illegal immigrants are being MURDERED by criminal smugglers by hiding them in lorries or inside...
    LorenzoITALIA LorenzoITALIA 46-50, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I know people want instant results but I am not that kind of person. I am not indecisive; I am pensive and I try to be deliberate with my actions and often my words, too. So I need...
    lovelywarpedlemon lovelywarpedlemon 22-25, F 3 hrs ago

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    And the fastest man in the world has done it again.... elated mood.... proud Jamaican.... go Usain!
    taneccia taneccia 18-21, F 18 hrs ago

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    Once I have a few more inches so I'm not going to have it too short. I want to donate to Lock of Love again cause I just love the whole concept of it. The first time I went too...
    TenderMercies TenderMercies 31-35, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    Hi Folks Well, in 2009 while working to try and get through a work-related (and marriage-related, although unbeknownst to me at the time) burnout, I wrote my fist post on...
    Mrcellophane Mrcellophane 36-40, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    betrayal is only hurtful to the overly trusting 
    miimii0069 miimii0069 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I'm not sure what to make of my marriage at this point. I thought I was marrying my best friend, but instead of being a wife she has become another mother. I've mentioned this...
    RNMedic RNMedic 26-30, M 8 Responses 3 days ago

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    if you are alone and in the quest of looking for the meaning of life this short 30 seconds video shows you how https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxLFBkSSQN0
    Kyle178 Kyle178 22-25, M 3 days ago

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    I was born in Connecticut and raised in a terrible little town called Ansonia in an even further away from the tiny town area that doesn't offer **** to do but drink in one of the...
    lifeisdumb62 lifeisdumb62 22-25, M 3 days ago

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    LiFe iS tOo ShoRt njOy it, beForE ur TimE gEts over..
    MysteriousLion MysteriousLion 22-25, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Seeing as recently i have noticed, some of my ep friends have disappeared, or are never online anymore. And not just on ep, facebook and real life too. Maybe it is mee, maybe i...
    Anth1290 Anth1290 22-25, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    It's so easy to make an incorrect decision in so many diffrent examples. I keep playing the wrong cards. It's too easy to **** up, there outta be some safe guards. " r u sure u...
    Nickf20 Nickf20 18-21, M 5 days ago

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    Heheh :P what do you think! I'm short ;(
    bearberryx3 bearberryx3 18-21, F 14 Responses 5 days ago

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    So.. I question myself whether I loved a man or not ! Heart beating , tear down , the feeling ! Today I have met two guys , I like them ! But they did not talk to me , I did not...
    NoneEver NoneEver 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    When you think about it, you'll never know when will my life end. But here I am in my room with the Internet. Not because I'm a couch potato person or something, it's just that I'm...
    heyjan heyjan 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    I have been married for almost 11 years. It is a long read...sorry We got married when he was 19 I was 18. I got pregnant before we were married. We only dated 6 months. I took my...
    redrubiess7 redrubiess7 26-30, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I have been struggling with sexless marriage for years. Recently, I have been telling my husband to separate because I really don’t want to stuck on something is not going to...
    AwesomeLucy AwesomeLucy 31-35, F 10 Responses Aug 19

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