Never have I ever learned to open up as much as I have in the last year and a half. It’s been a journey, for me, of self awareness. I have always had an issue with really telling people what I need or what I am afraid of.
I have always lived my life worried that someone wouldn’t approve of me. That people would walk away if I showed who I really was. I would bottle up my feelings until my anxiety set in. Then it would all come out when I couldn’t take it anymore.
I have made some amazing friends. I don’t have to pretend I am something I’m not, nor do I have to hide who I am. I don’t have to hide from my family either. I am good enough. And with their help, I have been able to build a healthy relationship with an amazing man.
Never have I ever been able to share my fears and insecurities with someone the way I do with him. I can say it, and he never makes me feel small, or stupid, or treats me like I am crazy. He accepts my insecurities and validates them, and works hard to make sure I don’t feel that way. He has never given me reason to not trust him, but he totally recognizes that I do bring baggage to the relationship and that I am always working on it.
Never have I ever been able to have a relationship with someone where I can accept the baggage they bring in. Let’s be honest. When you’re middle age and you are in the dating world, there is always baggage. Maybe not bad, but there is always something we bring from our past. He doesn’t come without baggage either. And I completely accept it. And I am there for him and try to help him through his stuff too.
Never have I ever been so afraid in my life. I don’t have anxiety. I am not lacking in trust. I am not even afraid of being hurt. In fact, my insecurities have almost all disappeared. I am terrified of how I feel. This was supposed to be a completely different kind of relationship. A relationship that had a specific emotional box that it fit in. Never did I ever expect that he would slowly start filling my other emotional boxes. That he would be the one I call when I am really excited by something or having a really bad day. He has become my person. I can’t speak for him, but he makes me feel like I am his person too.
Never have I ever been able to be unapologetically me. I can act silly. I can make gutter brain jokes. I can tell him when I am down and he always makes me feel better. I can tell him I want to do something new, step outside my comfort zone, and he encourages me. I can go out with my girlfriends and he loves that I have friends like that.
Never have I ever been with someone who would stop an entire conversation to tell a room full of strangers how wonderful I am. I wasn’t in a bad frame of mind where he was trying to make me feel better. He just said it because it is how he feels. And never have I ever been made to feel like that before.
Never have I ever felt like I could give my heart to someone, yet keep my independence and be a strong woman…until now.