here’s the thing about love – it knows no selfishness and no ego. it knows patience and wanting the other person to be happy just as much as you want to be happy yourself. don’t get me wrong – YOUR own personal happiness will almost always be a tier above another but when it comes to loving someone with all your heart, sometimes if they are lucky, they end up on the same tier as you so that when they are happy, you are happy. that’s true love. i have recently been going through quite a rollercoaster in my love life. i will spare you the details because it is personal. however, what i want to discuss, which is something extremely new to me was just realized as i hung up with the man that i love after finding out that there may be another woman in the picture. let’s keep in mind that me and him are not together. And i hadn’t told anyone but my closest friends about the situation/break up because it is extremely complicated how it came about. but we continued to be in each others’ lives as he worked/works on himself and we go about our own life challenges. These are just things that i have realized about myself and my character and i feel like it’s kind of a guideline into knowing whether you really love someone or not and a mature way to act in response to finding out about the one you love with someone else. there may be some controversy about how i should have reacted to this situation, but to be honest, this is just my character and who i am, and if you disagree, i understand but keep in mind that this is how I feel about MY situation.
1. Find happiness in the other’s happiness
i feel like in past relationships before this one, I have always said i cared about the others happiness but in a sense, i was selfish and would still get upset if i saw someone spending time with someone else more than me (even if they were just friends). i would get jealous. get rude. and act like someone that i didn’t want to be. but in this situation, after finding out that the person i hold so dear to my heart is spending time with another woman – not romantically – but that it may potentially become something more, at first, fuck yeah it hurt. but the more i thought about it, the more i realized how much i genuinely care for his happiness and that if she is able to provide him with the closeness and comfort that i cannot, being that i am about 3 hours away, then that was of the up most importance to me. i know it’s so easy for people to say “i’m happy for you” but it’s another thing to mean it. i mean it. as soon as i realized that this person was providing him what i can’t in a long distance relationship, all my pain went away because i knew deep down that he is benefiting as an individual from it, and what kind of person would i be to get mad or upset over it?
2. Don’t hate the guy. Don’t hate the girl either.
For the purposes of this piece, i will refer to him as M and her as W. if you are close to me then you know who i am referring to. if not, then just know that this is how i will be addressing them. I’m sure you would assume that i would be angry with W and think bad about her or even maybe feel insecure within myself and compare myself to her, but the truth is, i like her. A lot . i’ve come to the realization that i am a very egotistical person and it’s something i have been working on. i used to always think that cliché saying of “i’m different. no other girl will be as good as me.” but the truth is that EVERYONE is deserving of love. And just like i have so much to offer M, someone else might be able to offer just as much as me if not more. so who am i to say that W is no good for him, when she could end up being the best thing for him in this point in time? I am also not mad at M. He is doing what he feels is best. he is vulnerable right now and needs someone physically to comfort him. i know being vulnerable isn’t always an excuse but honestly? we are all fucking human. we get vulnerable and we let people in when we are because attention is nice and so is knowing that someone is willing to listen and understand or try to understand what you are going through. How could i be mad at him for being human?
3. Know that there is nothing wrong with you.
When i love someone and i’m in a relationship with that person i give my ALL. granted, i haven’t always been the best girlfriend in past relationships but the more and more experience i get, the more and more i learn what i was doing wrong, grow from it, and do better in the next relationship. this relationship, in particular, was by far the best i’ve ever been in. no power struggles. no sassiness. nothing but love and mutual understanding that we are equals and deserve respect at all times. i can honestly say that i feel like i have been the best girlfriend i have ever been in any relationship, HANDS DOWN. for this reason, i know that this situation isn’t happening because there is something wrong with me because i know that i did all i could. instead, it’s something out of my control that is happening for a reason – because it is what is supposed to happen at this given time. there’s no use in being insecure or wondering what she might have that i don’t, because everyone has something great to offer but at this time, i can’t offer what M needs. And i fully understand that.
4. Remember that Time doesn’t stop for anyone and the future is malleable.
What i mean by this, is that despite the relationship not working out, there is no way to know what will happen in the future. M and W could become something romantic and it could end up working out into marriage or it could end horribly. Or they could remain friends. I strongly believe that me and M will get back together in the end of all this. maybe that’s why i’m okay with things the way they are right now? but i also acknowledge that this could be the literal end of anything romantic for me and him ever again. but like i said. Time waits for no one. therefore, i will continue to live my life and be the best person i can be for myself and eventually for whoever may show up in the picture in the long run. i could end up alone with just a puppy living my best life or i could end up with M happy as ever because we made it through all the turmoil. Or i could end up with someone completely different. right now i honestly can’t imagine myself with anyone but M in the long run because i’m EXTREMELY picky and honestly i’m in love ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but i know that things will work out the way they are meant to and i will never force life to be a certain way. All i can do is hope for the best and continue to work on myself.
I guess what i want you to all gather from this is that a true love exists out there for everyone and it may not always be perfect and there may come a time where you and your person aren’t meant to be in a relationship at a given time because maybe mental illness, or distance, or someone else in the picture. That doesn’t mean that things have to end on a harsh note and it doesn’t mean you can’t be in each others’ life again. I understand it’s easier said than done when it comes to not feeling sad about it. But i kid you not, i was sad about it right when he told me, but then i felt an overwhelming feeling of just love and passion for his happiness and well being that it superseded any negative feeling that i was experiencing. that’s what love is. happiness through the pain knowing that the one you love is experiencing the happiness that everyone deserves.
EVERYONE deserves love. Always remember that when you want to wish ill on another. Your character isn’t defined by just how you respond to situations but rather how you genuinely FEEL about the situation. choose to choose love. when love permeates the air, there really is nothing that you can’t do or get through.