I want you to hear me when I say . . .
Love doesn't hurt.
It should be joyful. Cool. Mellow. Nice. Sweet. Comforting. Kind. Full of butterflies and smiles.
There should be NO bullsh
*t. No, I didn't say there should be little bullsh
*t. I said there should be NO bullsh
Why is it that so many of us have become accustomed
to feeling negative feelings when it comes to dating, love, and relationships?
She doesn't call a lot but at least she texts me every now and then.
Yeah, he lied a few times but he always apologizes.
So what if she's still getting out of a relationship. She's over him.
No, no, and hell no.
We should not be settling. We should not be changing our needs and expectations out of loneliness or a feeling of I can't do any better.
We CAN do so much better. But, better isn't always that easy. Better may take a minute to come your way. What does better entail (at times)?
Being alone more often than you'd like
Nights in bed by yourself
Or, better can look like this:
Spending more time with friends and family
Working on your craft
Starting up a new hobby and rockin' da sh*t out of it
It's all a matter of what you're looking for in your life at this moment. Some of you may be willing to wait until that special somebody comes along. Or, perhaps you're the type of person who needs a body by your side . . . someone who is simply there, regardless of the fact they he or she may not love you. Sometimes it's easier to be with someone who doesn't treat you the way you deserve to be treated. I've been there. I was there recently and it took me a while to figure out:
Love doesn't hurt
Love isn't being nice one second and then calling you an asshole the next. Love isn't flaking out on plans you made a month ago. Love isn't missing your birthday. Love isn't cheating on you. Love isn't being passive aggressive. Love isn't being hot and cold. Love doesn't involve manipulation or abuse of any kind. Love isn't, "I'm in a relationship but unhappy. Wanna go out?" Love doesn't allow you to stay up late at night wondering when he or she will come home. Love isn't feeling like you're constantly on eggshells.
Love is sexy. Love is kind. Love is cool. And even when love doesn't feel so cool it's still cool because y'all know how to keep it cool.
Love is disagreeing while still respecting the other person. Love never allows name calling. Ever.
Question: was there a memo that was sent out to the world that said we should deal with bullsh*t? That we should be okay with getting hurt and feeling this way on a regular basis? Did Obama pass a bill that makes everyone not wait for the person of their dreams--who treats him or her like Gold? I can't help but wonder if that went down because, it seems, that many of the people I know (myself included) haven't experienced anything but a lot of hurting. And not just hurting once or twice during a two year relationship. But hurting over and over and over and over and over again within the first few months of dating.
We are getting too used to FEELING hurt. So much so that it's become normal. And now it feels abnormal when someone makes us feel LOVED.
When I meet a woman who makes me feel nothing but joy. Who is consistently loving, straight forward, plays no games, and--wait, that hasn't happened yet. I haven't met her . . . yet.
So what have I been doing because she hasn't come my way? I've been allowing myself to hurt and feel pain because I thought it was love. I was settling. I was allowing myself to put up with bullsh*t. I wasn't being kind to ME.
The good thing is, it's a new day. It's a new year. It's a new moment and a new second. Every experience is an opportunity for growth. All of the failures and mistakes that I've made, we've all made, have been worth it because they brought us to this moment.
And now, when I see her or anyone else who used to inspire hurt within me, I am now able to walk away because I know one thing:
I ain't putting up with no bullsh*t