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Because Of You

Dear Father, I am a mess because of you.  I have trust issues because of you. You were not there to give me a reason to trust you. Due to your actions or lack there of, I have had a challenging time trusting the man in my life.  I am in love with a wonderful man. I loveee me some him, but I have issues because of you. I cannot love and trust him the way I want to because of you.  I look for reassurance to feel at peace with myself and in my relationship because of you. I have placed the responsibility on him to be my everything because of you. I am sensitive to rejection because of you.  I have endured a life of fear of being abandoned and due to that, I have become anxious and clingy in my relationship because of you.  I am waiting on day that he decides to leave, walk out and abandon me because I cannot understand why he would stay; Because you my father walked out before knowing me. In was left abandoned. I was an after thought. You were supposed to be there because I w
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