Added: Jasdeep Prasad - Date: 13.04.2022 00:21 - Views: 10610 - Clicks: 7977
I never imagined having kids, but accidentally became pregnant three months into a destructive relationship. I kept the child and eventually got rid of the man with the help of a domestic violence counselor and a restraining orderwhich was a healthy decision. You see, healthy decisions are not my forte. With a few exceptions, I usually date the damaged bad boy, the alcoholic who needs rescuing, or the tortured artist.
Until recently. Talked all night, laughing like crazy, connected. We hugged briefly at the end of the evening and we both felt it was worth pursuing. He lives miles away from me, and we began an correspondence, sharing our relationship history, likes and dislikes, and getting to know each other.
We have a lot in common. We fell in love. We made plans for him to relocate to my city and move in together. We decided all this before spending a great deal of physical time with each other. He is sensitive, kind, attentive, and doting. He is so very patient and loving with my. Because of these traits, I find myself feeling less attracted to him physically. He seems meek. It is truly something sick. I have a hard time looking at him on occasion, because every little quiver, every timid step, every noise he makes while eating makes my skin crawl.
He follows me around and paws at me. He is far less experienced than I am in the bedroom, and yet I do not know how to let him know what I like, because he is not keeping up with me in that department. I have tried talking to him about this and he just apologizes and says he feels out of his element.
He picks up on my annoyance which makes him feel uncomfortable, which triggers a neediness, which I find unattractive. Are these petty things? Is love about being able to be annoyed by someone, and loving them anyway? I feel terrible, ungrateful, and confused. You are accustomed to being ignored, dismissed, and listened to only in the most cursory fashion, so this man who adores you, listens closely, and tries very hard to please seems unlovable.
He seems unlovable because he makes you aware of yourself. On top of it all, you hate yourself for feeling repulsed by him. You feel rotten and shitty and ungrateful. And there he is, being sweet to your kid! You fell in love, which was easy.
He is an easy person to love. If you forced those so-called bad boys to stay, to be present, to help, they would seem lame, too. You know who else looks exactly like that? Neediness makes people look deflated and not so sexy.
Right around the time I got engaged to my husband, he started to look like the geekiest man alive to me. It was the physical al of him second-guessing himself. It was not cute. He thought I was awesome, but I knew that I was sick inside, not good enough to be loved by him.
I would scare him off and he would find some gorgeous, loving woman who was much, much better for him than me, and I would spend the rest of my life alone. After trying to scare him off and hating myself for it, I finally confessed that I had lots of negative feelings and almost-cold feet. I hate the pants you wear. And that thing you do with your mouth. I feel so shitty about what an asshole I am. Instead of getting angry, it made him laugh. So we talked about his twitchy mouth after that.
Luckily, my husband understands the poisonous brain thing. You need to be clear about what you want, emotionally and sexually. Men love a woman doing the dishes. They can go fuck themselves. In my opinion, great relationships between smart, complicated people are only possible when total honesty is in the mix. So am I. But you value generosity and gentleness. This is a phase. People have cold feet when they get serious. I want Idris Elba instead! I think your heart knows he matches you. He is right here, right now, human, normal, flawed.
If you can be open about your preferences and turn-offs, and be heard, if you can express yourself and ask him not to stigmatize or pathologize the things you desire, and if you can do the same for him somehow, then your relationship will grow past this. I think you have to be as honest as you can in order to get past this. You have to include your self-loathing, which is a huge part of this. You have to include your guilt, and your attraction, and your distaste.
You have to say which things you want to go differently. Maybe his timidity and pawing will always feel wrong. I want to caution you strongly to give yourself and him a chance before you take something small and use it as an excuse to bail. The stakes feel high. Some of your discontent lies there.
If you simply allow him to support you without bettering yourself, neither one of you will be happy. Once everything is out in the open? It either works or it falls apart from there. Because when you let someone into your life, there is ugliness and shock and fear and repulsion there. No one likes to admit that. For a while, you hate the other person and you hate you and you hate the two of you, together. So inadequate, so insecure, so flinty and pushy and messy and wrong. To me the moment of truth comes when you say it out loud: Look at me, hating you.
Look at you, hating me. Look at us, how gorgeously our flaws match. How gorgeously we collide. What did I do to deserve this shit? They just want to do what they do without being challenged or being forced to show up. They want access to an open person, sure, so they can turn that person on and off, like a faucet.
But there are a few people who can show up. If they see that you want them to show up, they can show up. You should not see him as inferior. Because the moment that you look at another human being, and all of his flaws stand out so clearly, and you feel love, love, love?
Real love is two flawed people, laughing together at all of their flaws, their gorgeously matched flaws. Admit your anger and repulsion. These pesky little irritations are nothing. Once that shame and guilt stops blocking everything else, you might find it easier to feel love for him again. This is just where you are right now. This is brand new. You may be on the verge of experiencing mutual acceptance and real commitment for the first time, and it feels scary. Real acceptance blooms into a kind of mutual celebration of who you each are, separately and together.
He is flawed. Together, you are flawed. Together, you are amazing. Do you wonder why you fall in love with every woman you see who shows you the least bit of attention?
Write to Polly and she either will or will not yell at you! She blogs here about scratchy pants, personality disorders, and aged cheeses. Thanks for listening. Annoyed Dear Annoyed, You are accustomed to being ignored, dismissed, and listened to only in the most cursory fashion, so this man who adores you, listens closely, and tries very hard to please seems unlovable. Polly Do you wonder why you fall in love with every woman you see who shows you the least bit of attention?
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He's too gentle during love making. How can I ask him to be a little rougher?