I’m beginning to think that all my relationships (barring those with some family members and one or two friends) have been with people who see some idealized version of me, and assume that’s the person with whom they’re in a relationship. They don’t see or want to see the real me, and when they can no longer ignore her that’s when they’re disappointed or annoyed. These individuals try to force me into being someone I’m not, becoming surprised and/or angry when I refuse to bow down to their mental image of ‘the perfect (girl)friend.’
To add to this, in this new city in which I now live the trend is to assume an unearned level of intimacy; a trend that I cannot understand. Why would anyone want to pretend with another person, who has not yet actually proven they can be trustworthy, that they have shared experiences that have not been shared? It makes no sense to me. You cannot tell someone that the two of you ‘are really close’ when all you’ve done is share a few weeks’ worth of conversations. That is not intimacy, it is a budding friendship – relationship, if you will. Even sex is not enough to achieve intimacy, though it is mistakenly believed to be enough by many people.
Assuming that you’re at a greater level of intimacy with someone with whom you’re not is a shortcut that can only be pretended. With all this fabrication going on how can anyone maintain a relationship?
This is the real reason why marriages fail – constant assumptions, miscommunications, fantasizing, and expectations of instantaneous fixes to any problems. Until people can accept other people for who they really are this institution will continue to fall and these relationships will continue to fail. I, for one, am fed to bursting with the idea that someone can just tell me how intimate we have become, or how I should behave in our relationship. Your fantasies hold no sway over my mind or my actions.
Thanks for reading my relationship rant, and have a lovely day.