You've been married for over 25 years. There've been some rough spots, and maybe things could be better, but they're OK. You've made a commitment and you'll stand by it. You're doing the best you can.
Then the bomb drops.
Doesn't matter what kind of bomb. She's just told you she's walking out the door. A part of you even hopes it's "another man," not that you're a worthless piece of ... You don't understand "I just don't feel fulfilled anymore."
What do you do? And later, will you ever be able to trust another woman again?
Read our article Men, Love and Betrayal, an interview with John Amodeo, author of Love and Betrayal (Ballantine, ISBN 0-345-37856-3). Maybe it'll help.
Talk to some other men. I know what it feels like, but, really, you are not alone. There's just so much "shame and blame" caught up in all this that men often don't talk to other men about it. They blow their brains out, instead. Do you know the post-separation suicide rate? Don't do it, man! Talk to another man, instead. Believe me, believe any man who's gone through it, it actually is possible to get through it and get on with your life.