I’m doing my job by being the crazy stalker ex girlfriend that really doesn’t work anywhere else. I’m a Billing Specialist. It’s a hybrid position that was created as an idea. I was put in place and it has kind of evolved into what it is. It’s client facing finance. It’s customer service. Whatever it is, for this company it is me and I love doing all of the things a crazy stalker ex girlfriend would do.
Reviewing the Contracts
We look over contracts and want to make sure what they have paid covers the cost of what we offered. We want to see if there’s wiggle room to maybe reduce services and lower costs. We want to see if it’s worth the time and effort to really go after someone for the debt.
You promised forever and you are going back on your word by taking the love that was promised. I usually take this moment and try to remember the real moments of love and connection. I want to remind myself that it was really special at one point, so I don’t get bitter. I like to push them away but let them leave. I don’t want to be the one to end it because I want to know that I did all I could until the very end. I’ve learned that about myself. I can’t be another person to reject them because in the end I still care and love them, but maybe it’s not enough. Maybe I hold too tightly to the good and purposely ignore the bad. Most of the time the bad really is terrible.
I get to call customers repeatedly. I get to leave messages and voice mails. I send emails. I’ve faxed and mailed invoices. Every day, until we’re paid, I get to reach out and make myself known.
Sometimes it’s about an outdated contact. In those cases I do a Google Search or check LinkedIn. I’ve texted someone from my personal cell phone. I’ve even checked someone’s personal Facebook profile to make sure they’re still around all in the name of getting a payment.
We all want to know, right? Where are they? Who are they with? Are they just as heartbroken as we are?
I’m not asking anyone for love or validation, but I get to beg them to pay us. I ask repeatedly for what was agreed on. You signed a contract. We gave you what we promised and now you owe us.
I suppose this could also be about getting closure but I’ve learned you can’t get that from an ex.
In collections, you document each interaction. You want to know when you called and what efforts were made. That way, when you enact your collections leverage, you are justified.
Toward the end, the good and the bad are measured and weighed. We want to know when the scales tip and it’s no longer worth the effort. We want to know what was good and what was accepted because of the good and is the good still there? Is it even enough?
Your Lesson Here
The lesson is this stuff works in collections, but not love relationships. I’m at a point in my latest relationship where we’ve pulled so far apart that I can’t imagine being able to fix it. I’m seeing that I need to acknowledge and cherish the good but let it go and move on. I’m back in self care mode, and it looks like the perfect time to be the crazy stalker ex girlfriend, but I’m trying to keep that focused and restricted to work. I’m trying to not keep dibs but I want to know where he’ll go from here. In quiet moments throughout the day since we last parted, I keep telling myself not to do all that I want to because that will drag out the pain instead of healing it. I keep picking up my phone to read our last texts and start texting something new, only to put it down and remind myself that I will be okay when I decide to let go and move on.
I will hold each cherished memory and balance it with the bad times. I’ll take the masterpiece of who he is off of my pedestal and strip away layers I added to see the truth of who he was and areas I need to work on that I could only see in the hindsight of my relationship with him. And I’ll be alone for that healing and recovery because that’s also part of honoring who we were and the memory of the babies we shared and lost. I don’t have to stop loving him yet. He doesn’t have to be here to experience that either. I can release him moment to moment and day to day.
I suppose that lesson for you is more a lesson for me. Tonight there will be whiskey and a cigar on my porch. I’ll read old texts and have a good cry. Maybe even watch some of the shows we watched together. And tomorrow will be a new opportunity to remember to love myself in spite of what I might be feeling.