Tw: Suicide of parent.
Apologies in advance because this might be a long. (Sound disjointed/rambling)
My dad was an extremely controlling, abusive angry man. Im sure he had some mental disorder. Living with him was extremely hard, we never knew what would set him off. He wasnt always like this…I remember him being extremely loving when I was a child (on good days). He was funny and extremely social. He was hardworking, active and loved rules.
But the angry abusive side was always there. A side only his family was subjected to. He was abused as a child.
My father committed suicide on September 14, 2020. Yes, it has been more than a year and I should be ok now. Im not. I feel more and more guilty and confused with time.
He hung himself when we went to get my mom back from the hospital. He wrote a long 5 page suicide note for my mom. He did not mention me or my brother in it except to say that after he’s gone my mom will realise how unreliable we (my bro and I) were and that she was living a great life only because he was around (alive). I could not believe it. So for the next two days I looked through the entire house for a letter or note for me. Im 34 years old and lived with him till the age of 31 almost.
I lived my entire life home, being obedient, following his rules, living life the way he wanted. The moment I started setting boundaries…and being ‘disobedient’, I became a stranger?
Did he not love me?
I wish he wrote me a note telling me why he died or an apology or atleast say that he loved me but…heck, even an angry abusive letter would do.
I know people trying to die wont be in the right mind to write letters to everybody.
I just cant believe he died like this and that I meant so little that he didnt bother writing atleast one sentence about me in a 5 page letter/note.
I am sad and angry. I cannot talk/complain about how horrid he was to us anymore. About how he has turned me into this sad/pathetic person that I am now. Its like, he snatched my voice.
Like his way of saying: “Im dead, what more do you want? Now be happy, Im out of your way like you wanted”.
I wanted my dad to be nice to us, I didnt want him dead.
I feel stuck. My anger towards him…my accusations and frustrations are stuck in my throat…where they will be for a long time. Just more things I will spend my time, my age and my energy to fix. How many more years do I have left? If I die tomorrow what happens? Ill be someone who spent one half of her life being abused and the other half trying to identify the wounds of my past in the hopes of being able to heal one day. How long will that take?
A wasted life.
Its unfair that life was hard because of him, but he is the ‘victim’. Does that make sense?
Nobody can replace parents. When they are alive, people seem to be there for you. You think parental roles and relationships can be rebuilt with others. No.
… the truth is: You either have a dad…or you dont; and you need to learn to live with it. You have to be your own parent when they cease to stop being a parent.
I feel like an ungrateful brat. Why was I trying to find ‘father figures’ in others, when I had one?
I want to feel how regular people feel when they have a good dad.
Protected. Loved. Valued. Supported. Admired Appreciated…unconditionally.
I want him to hear me out…with empathy. He had completely lost his empathetic side. He was the center of his universe. Maybe Im like him too. He cribbed so much about life, his past and others too.
Maybe thats why Im writing it here?
I want him to hear me. All this pent up rage and disbelief. But hes not there anymore. He will never hear them.
Sometimes Im struck by the fact that he does not exist on this planet…in this house, this minute…I dont know how to explain it. I had to sit with his body till the police came. So when people mention fathers, or I remember him…I remember his hanging body.
I want to hear his voice sometimes.
I try and remember his loud laughter. His small eyes half closed and squinty. His small yellowish white attrited teeth. He loved comedies and laughed heartily…and coughed if he laughed too much. I do too. Maybe we inherited our ancestors terrible lungs?
When did that stop? His laughs?
I tried to be understanding. But his tantrums we getting crazier and crazier…it was too much for me to bear, esp when I had my own mental issues to handle. He wanted his kids to be with him…in a crazy, controlling, ‘hear and obey’ kind of way. Is it because he was never heard?
Maybe like me, he forgets/forgot that its so important to love and be loved…and thats all there is to life.
Its awfully hard to love.