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I’ve read countless stories of people who say they want a relationship yet have no idea what they’re actually looking for in a partner, or people who say they need one thing yet stick around with partners who straight out refuse to give them that very thing, or people who don’t even know what is normal or not normal in their own relationships.
You see the problem, right? I bet everyone does. But if it’s so obvious, why is it so common?
Well, it’s because it’s ridiculously easy to slip into these situations.
It’s what happens when you only see…
I used to have severe anxiety when it came to dating. Meeting new people, waiting for text messages, confirming plans, not knowing where the relationship is going could hurt me physically.
Dating wasn’t fun. Dating was a constant battle of fighting all my ugly thoughts about myself, all my doubts about whether I was worthy of love, all my childhood memories of feeling left out and unloved, imprinted on every molecule of my body.
As I’ve been writing about relationships for such a long time and I know a few of you have followed me from when I was still very single and witnessed my journey through my articles across the web, I want to share with you a special experience I had today: My first wedding dress try-on.
I’ve watched videos by people who are against weddings and marriage and nodded along with them. I’ve done my research on the origin and gross commercialization of weddings and marriage and thought critically about them. And yet, here I am, joyfully trying on wedding dresses…
Technology has opened up a world of possibilities for people looking to date but, at the same time, leaves most of them ill-equipped to get what they really want in love. Relationships are not so straightforward, and it’s hard to tell what’s the right dating etiquette nowadays.
Here are 6 things you should know about modern dating:
One of my friends was devastated when a guy she had been talking to for 2 weeks suddenly disappeared. She saw him back online a few days later but ignored her last messages. …
There’s a common narrative that people who live a stable, uneventful life eventually hit a midlife crisis and chase excitement.
They fantasize about escaping the mundane, feeling young and alive again, or doing something completely out of character as a way to rediscover themselves. Sometimes it leads to regrettable decisions such as having extramarital affairs.
Even if you’re not having a midlife crisis though, as a consumer, you’re being sold excitement all the time: the passionate romance, the fast cars, the wild nights that you’ll never forget, the feeling like you’re someone else — someone far more important and interesting…
The other day, I came across a viral Tiktok video about a dad on vacation. It listed different things he did. For example, walking ahead of the family as though they’re not his family; taking work calls the whole trip; being annoyed and impatient; telling the waiter that he hated the food, etc.
Many commentators chalked these behaviors up as “grumpy vacation dad” while the creator said it was meant to be funny.
It’s crazy how our culture normalises the disrespectful treatment of women and kids by men.
My life has never been the same again since the day I fell in love with you — everything that’s mine.
I know, I didn’t use to realise just how precious you are, and for that, I’m sorry. But I hope you understand I had my reasons.
I was hurt. I carried too many traumas to see what was right in front of me. Life had knocked me down time and time again, and so I thought it was right — I must’ve been so terrible that I deserved it all.
What a load of nonsense — I know it…