How do you deal with a negative person who needs to be taken care of but drains the life of me?
After being married for 48 years, I feel I need to see it thru (otherwise my children will feel the burden).
I also come from a generation of “guilty women” so my conscience roots me!
Woe is me…
Children feel the burden of an unhappy marriage, too. It sounds like an excuse to put off taking action. If you’re unhappy, you owe it to yourself to take action. You could get a divorce, or form an “open relationship”, or separate but stay married, or stay married but set firm limits even if that means he leaves you. Find a friend and make a plan. It reduces fear & inaction.