For a long time, I had a stressful relationship with my dad. We fell apart after I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa, and from me trying to push him out and him not understanding what I was going through in regards to eating and body image, we stopped talking.
Somewhere inside of me, I had built up anger that was directed at him and I just couldn’t bring myself to forgive him or let him go. And he was just clueless, not knowing what was wrong with me and why I didn’t like him, so he stopped trying too.
Before I knew it, it had been almost a year without saying anything to each other, and I was heading off to college. I was still angry inside until my mom gave me a book called Loving What Is, by Byron Katie, and everything changed.
Not overnight, but slowly things began to improve between my dad and me.