165 days no P, 90 days no M - changes in my life

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Ridley, Aug 29, 2018.

  1. Ridley

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    Greetings,

    Well, I guess I made it, folks: 90 days without porn or masturbation today!

    I've had a bit of an odd journey with rebooting (I guess everyone does). When I first started, I thought porn was my biggest obstacle. Porn was an emotional crutch for me. It was one of the only places I felt safe expressing my emotions. I was always of the mind that masturbation was healthy and natural, while porn wasn't. Thus, I allowed myself to masturbate during my initial 90 day reboot.

    However, when I started getting closer and closer to 90 days without porn, I realized that I was using masturbation for the same reasons I was using porn. It was an emotional crutch for me. It was something I used when I felt lonely, rejected, frustrated, or misunderstood. So, I decided to go for another 90 days, this time without porn and without masturbation. Now, I'm 165 days clean of porn and 90 days clean of masturbation. I must say, I'm very pleased with the results.

    I think it's important to mention that, while my daily counter is relatively impressive, I don't believe that successful recovery is measured in days of abstinence. Abstinence is not the same thing as recovery. Recovery is not measured in days, but rather how things have changed in your behavior, your thought process, and your mindset. A 90 day reboot is an excellent milestone to set course for, but it's not going to do anything for you if you spend the whole time gritting your teeth and wishing you could just go back to your old habits. So, rather than focusing on the number of days I managed to abstain, I'm going to discuss some of the changes I've noticed in my behavior, my mindset, and my life.

    One of the biggest changes I've noticed is that I've developed more compassion for myself. Throughout most of my life, I've been a very self-conscious dude. A lot of the thoughts in my head are self-deprecating, even when I do something beautiful or creative. Porn and masturbation were outlets for me to soothe those wounds. Now that I don't rely on porn and masturbation for that anymore, I've had to face my self-deprecating thoughts head-on. I've had to find healthier ways of soothing those wounds. I've learned about the healing powers of meditation, journaling, exercise, therapy, and being open and honest with friends and family. Self-criticism festers when it's buried beneath a layer of porn and masturbation. It only really starts to heal when you expose it and take a step back to look at it as a whole.

    Another big change is that I am more emotionally sensitive. As an American male, I was always taught that expressing emotions is a sign of weakness when I was growing up. I wasn't just taught this by the instructive figures in my life like teachers and parents, but also by other kids. I eventually taught myself to hold my tears back when I was sad, to stop myself from sharpening my voice when I was getting angry, to control my breathing when I saw something beautiful, and to appear emotionally solid at all times because that's what makes you a man. In America, we males are conditioned to believe that the only appropriate outlet to express yourself emotionally is in the bedroom. Sex is the only time where you're allowed to be vulnerable, without fear of judgment and without holding anything back. I think that's why I turned to porn in the first place. As it turns out, I'm a very emotional person, and I need to express myself physically. After taking away the emotional outlets of porn and masturbation, I know that I have so many options other than just sexual stimulation to really be myself and feel things physically. I may even be able to cry again before too long.

    My sex life has improved (and is still improving). My partner and I are closer together now than we've ever been before, and I think I value our sexual experiences now more than I did before I started rebooting. These days, sex is so much more for me than just another orgasm in an ocean of meaningless PMO sessions. I enjoy foreplay almost as much as I enjoy penetration. I enjoy the entirety of our relationship, and sex has come to be about so much more than orgasm for us.

    So those are just a few things that I've noticed about myself since I stopped using porn and masturbation to medicate my problems.

    For about the past six months, I've been a very active user on this forum. I visited almost every day, I've made lots of posts of my own, and I've made hundreds of comments. I've engaged in interesting debates on topics like relationships, sexuality, ethics, and law. I've read inspiring stories, and I've seen a community of people that supports one another and encourages everyone to "get a new grip" on life. I love this community, and I'm so happy I came here.

    Having said that, I think I'm going to cool down for a bit. I've spent a lot of time on this forum, and I want to gain some more independence from it. Don't worry, I'm not leaving forever or anything like that. However, I should mention that leaving this forum and living a PMO-free life on my own is a long-term goal of mine. I will come back here when I need additional support, and I will come back here if I have questions to ask or have people I want to talk to. So, in a way, this is a goodbye. However, it's also a new beginning. I definitely don't see this as the end of my recovery. Rather, I see it as a new milestone in my recovery. I've now reached a point where I've gained more confidence in my abilities to engage with difficult aspects of my mindset and my behaviors, and I'm going to carry the knowledge I've learned on this forum with me everywhere I go. I will continue to stay recovery-oriented, and I encourage you all to do the same when you reach your 90-day goals.

    All the best,
    Ridley
     
  2. The Prince of Persia

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    Congratulations
    I appreciate your success!
     
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  3. Christianz

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    Congratulations that is really awesome. I like how supportive you are to others here aswell.. Great job, good luck to life and goodbye for now. :)
     
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  4. Ridley

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    I don't want to make too big of a deal with the goodbye thing. I'll still be around. I just think I'm going to be around a little less than I have been.
     
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  5. Foxislander

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    That is so interesting you I've just written exactly almost verbatim has for the last hundred and sixty two days have gone for me, I'm reboot does take longer than 90 days the abstinence angle is exactly aligned with mine. Me and my wife were having the most intimate encounters ever, I am, I'm not so angry I'm not so frustrated it's amazing how much porn and Brandon masterbation can turn you into something that you never thought you were Until you realize that you've been away from it for a while and become something that you are God bless you for writing that and you're right this is a way for almost for me to say the same thing I appreciate your your comments God bless
     
  6. Ridley

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    For some men, it's certainly more extreme than others. Here's an example of something that happened to me: One time, I was in band class in middle school. I was crying about something before class started (don't remember what it was about), but I remember a few of my male peers telling me that I had to practice self control. That made a huge impact on me. And that's just one of the few experiences from my formative years that I actually remember. Compound hundreds of experiences like that, and eventually I got into a position where I am physically unable to cry even if I want to. However, it's not irreversible. I'm learning how to be more emotionally vulnerable again. It's happening slowly, but I just have to take things one day at a time.

    I think the division is arbitrary. I've never been a very competitive person, and I've never viewed the universe or life in competitive terms. There are some people who view all the men in the world as either alphas or betas, but I don't really play that game. I just try to live my life and do what I enjoy. If that makes me a "soy boy", then I guess that's what I am, but I'd take that more laid-back, liberated lifestyle any day over living in a perpetual state of competition.
     

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