The story is about a man who, despite achieving great success in his life, struggles with feelings of bitterness and resentment towards his father, who was absent during his childhood.
Strained Relationship from the Beginning
Growing up, Brian’s father was never around.
His parents divorced when he was young, and his dad never made an effort to be part of his life.
Anger and Resentment
It hurt Brian a lot, and he spent many years feeling angry and resentful toward him.
Built a Life for Himself
Now that Brian’s an adult, he has built a successful career for himself.
He has a great job, a nice house, and a loving family.
But Its Not Enough
But even with all this success, he still can’t help but feel a twinge of bitterness toward his father.
He missed so much of his life, and now that he’s doing well, he wants to rub his success in his face.
He Wants to Get Even
It’s a terrible feeling to have, but he can’t help it.
Every time he thinks about him, he gets this urge to call him up and brag about how well he’s doing.
Brian wants his father to see what he missed out on, and he wants him to feel bad for not being there.
He Tried Seeking Help
Brian has tried talking to therapists about it, but nothing seems to help.
He feels stuck in this cycle of bitterness and resentment, and he doesn’t know how to break free.
Jealous of Father-Son Relationships
It’s especially hard when he sees other people with great relationships with their fathers.
He knows he’ll never have that, and it makes him feel even more alone.
Rejected Again and Again
Brian has tried to contact his father in the past, but his father always brushes him off or makes excuses for why he can’t spend time with him.
Tries to Forgive
Brian tries to remind himself that he’s just a flawed human being, like everyone else.
Maybe his father had his own issues that prevented him from being there for him, and it’s not entirely his fault.
Can’t Shake It Off
But even with all this rationalization, Brian still can’t shake the desire to rub my success in his face.
It’s like a deep-seated need that he can’t ignore. He doesn’t know what to do about it.
How Can He Get Over His Childhood?
He asked Redditors for advice, and this is what they said.
GlobalGodz wrote, “At this point, what would be accomplished by rubbing your success in his face? You’re successful and seem to be doing well. Therapy will help, but if these are your therapy thoughts, then you have to learn to forgive and forget.”
Another user wrote, “Your best revenge would be not worrying about him and taking care of yourself. You can be boastful, but nothing is guaranteed. What if that all goes away?”
What advice would you give? If he rubbed his success in his father’s face, would he end up feeling better? Leave a comment!
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