Unmotivated man in my life.

posted 2 years ago in Relationships
Post # 2
862 posts
Busy bee

If you have been contemplating breaking up with him for years, just pull the pin. That is a miserable way to live, sets a bad example for the kids and is not fair to him.

Post # 3
1288 posts
Bumble bee

he can stop using marijuana anytime he wants. he just likes getting high and doesn’t see a reason to stop. if you’ve talked about how you feel and he knows how serious a problem you consider all these thing to be i wouldn’t be overly optimistic about him changing anytime soon. make peace with things staying how they are or make an exit plan.

Post # 4
9743 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Don’t wait around for him to change. Either you want to be with who he is now or you don’t. 

You can still like someone, even love them, and have it not be the right relationship for you. If you’ve been considering breaking it off for years then this probably isn’t the right relationship for you. 

Post # 5
6245 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

Chile! Delete delete delete! Dump him yesterday! He’s a nice guy but he’s a bum. If he’s all that great, keep him as a FRIEND; not a life partner. You have different values and goals, nothing against him, you’re just going different places in your lives.

Also- you already knew this answer. Do you need a courage boost? Here you go: You’ve already wasted 4 years of your life with him. You’ve seen who he is and what he has to offer. What he has to offer as a partner is not appealing or acceptable for you. So you need to free up that space he’s taking up (with his marijuana and video games and long ass unmowed lawn) for someone who is a better match for you to come be by your side.

DUMP HIM! The longer you wait, the harder it’s going to be on your kids and on both of you.

One last thing- this doesn’t have to be a fraught or dramatic thing. Once things are all said and done, you may still be able to be friends (after an appropriate healing period). He just probably never should have been more than a friend in the first place.

Post # 6
1055 posts
Bumble bee

You can’t make someone stop using drugs as frequently, or make them be motivated.

If he’s not listening, or not willing to change, if you want to save this relationship I would go to couples therapy. Sometimes people are more willing to listen to a 3rd party then their spouse. It might be a wake up call for him.

But he needs to want to make changes. You can’t want it for him.

He’s got to be willing to see how his behavior is impacting you, and decide if he loves you and your happiness enough to step it up.

Therapy is usually worth a shot. But if he refuses to change, you have some tough decisions ahead.

Post # 7
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI

He’ll always be an albatross around your neck.  You’re clearly an accomplished woman and this “transitional” relationship is past its expiration date.  You deserve more.   Tell him what you need to continue the relationship.  If he isn’t up to the task it’s time to move on to someone who will.   You and you child will hurt, but in the end I think it will be worth it to have a real partner. Financial problems/irresponsibility are a deal breaker for me. 

Post # 8
1337 posts
Bumble bee

You’ve been settling and you will continue if you stay with him. Let him find someone else more like himself so he can be happy to be lazy and smoke pot.

Post # 9
14968 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

He may have been a good ‘rock’ to lean on in hard times, but he just sounds like a rebound relatonship of convience rather than the kind of life partner you’re really looking for.  Of course when you were feeling down after your break up, having anyone there that was supportive must have been great… but that doesnt make him the right guy for you.  Sounds to me like it’s way past time to move on and find a motivated man that is on the same page as you financially and responsibly as an adult.

Post # 10
6510 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

If you KNEW he used drugs and have been contemplating breaking it off with him for years, then WHY would you have moved in with him and moved a child in with him? That makes no sense whatsoever. If you’re going to break up with him or if he doesn’t make you happy, it’s better to go now than to let the kids get even more attached. And next time, be sure before bringing kids into a situation.

Post # 13
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Leave! You deserve to be with a driven, motivated, responsible person. You don’t have to stay with him just because he has been supportive – you are on different pages and it’s ok to leave.

Post # 14
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - -

Completely different lifestyles and values. That doesn’t sound like a reliable person you can count on to be responsible, since he views weed and money like a free-for-all.

Post # 15
578 posts
Busy bee

What would you tell a friend if she was asking for the same advice? Dump him and move on

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