After being constantly criticized by her ex-husband over her career and intellect, she builds herself a better life and people back her up.
We come across different kinds of personalities throughout our lives. Some may inspire us to do better, while others try to bring us down. To grow in our personal and professional lives, we have to take in the positivity and push away the condescending people. One great example is the story of this successful model who broke ties with her ex-husband because of his constant bullying and decided to up her game. u/ThrowRA-onship-862 posted on Reddit, baring her soul about how she reacted when her narcissistic ex-husband wanted to get back with her.
Starting her story by saying that she had separated from her husband, whom she dated for two years, the woman regretfully said, "I know, I know. I should have waited longer to get married." She revealed that her ex-husband came from a well-off family, was an affluent man working as an executive and often called himself "financially savvy" and "a complete package." The boastful man managed to impress her and she said, "I fell for it: hook, line and sinker." With his constant narcissism, she felt inferior to him despite having a successful career and was made to feel insecure about being a college dropout.
The true face of the man was revealed once they got married. The model said her husband was angry with her because she "wasn't making enough money and was too financially unstable, wasn't preparing the right meals for him, didn't pay for more of the meals in the house." He often degraded her intellect and when she tried to upskill herself, he criticized that she "wasn't using his money wisely." Also, she shared that when she secured a great international modeling campaign and returned home, instead of sharing her excitement, he refused to pick her up from the airport and insisted that she should have behaved better.
Eventually, the woman was legally separated from her disdainful husband. Speaking about how she got over that depressing period after separation, the model said, "I started running just to cope with the depression. I pushed myself onto friends and strangers and said yes to every social invitation that I could." She added, "Slowly, my friend group turned into an amazing group of humans." Her confidence in herself was building up and so was her social life. "I became so addicted to running that I've signed up for my first race this summer! Life has gotten good."
But recently, the ex-husband met her in the gym and told her that his "legal problems had escalated" and that he was stuck in a lawsuit. "It's most likely he will lose his licensing. He probably won't be hired anywhere because he worked with such a corrupt company," she wrote and added that she warned him about this, but he ignored it, calling her a "silly, bird-brained model." She laughed at his face and pointed out his demeaning behavior. "He told me all these lies about myself for years and I believed him. I'm finally realizing they aren't true," she said and added, "I'm on track to make 100k this year, which isn't a lot, but is pretty amazing for someone without a college degree, especially in this recession."
While the ex-husband realized the "women do not want him," the model was building an amazing life for herself. As she confessed to being frustrated about wasting some years with him, people revved her up. "Little did your hubby know, he married up not down. His loss is your gain," commented u/AnAmbitiousMann. "Congrats on dropping the loser! You are doing great and $100K is amazing!" wrote u/SnooWords4839. "Yes, girl! But hurry up and get officially divorced. You don’t want any of his bad choices touching you," advised u/ravenlyran.