Today we exchanged wedding vows and I managed to remember everything I was supposed to say.

Of course I held back the part about being too afraid for my life to turn him down when he proposed. It was a decision I had made out of fear, not out of love. I had known him for years and thought he was a kind and gentle man, but I had no idea that he was capable of such violence.

The wedding day was a blur of activity, with everyone around me in a state of excitement and joy. I tried to put on a brave face, but my heart was heavy with fear and regret. As I said my vows I could feel my stomach churning and my throat tightening. I wanted to run away, to escape this life I was now bound to.

The reception was a strange affair. Everyone was smiling and laughing, while I was barely able to force out a few words. I felt like an outsider in my own life, and I knew that I would never be able to truly be happy with this man.

As the weeks and months passed, my fear grew. He had a temper and I was constantly walking on eggshells, never sure when it would flare up. I was constantly in a state of fear and anxiety, and I felt like I was slowly being drained of life.

The marriage ended in a bitter divorce, with me leaving with nothing but a broken heart and shattered dreams. I had been too scared to stand up for myself and now I was paying the price. I had been too afraid to make the right decision, and now I was living with the consequences.

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Western ghats, Karnataka
Western ghats, Karnataka

Western ghats, Karnataka

The Western Ghats of Karnataka are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are home to

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You know how sometimes you get the feeling that someone is watching you, but then you look around and nobody’s there, so you just forget about it and continue on with your day?

You know how sometimes you get the feeling that someone is watching you, but then you look around and nobody’s there, so you just forget about it and continue on with your day?

When this happens, whatever you do, don’t look down

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