I’m not an professional on relationships. I’m unsure I’m an professional on something, however that’s a dialogue for an additional day, maybe. Regardless, I’m usually requested for relationship recommendation—largely as a result of I’m good at holding area, but in addition as a result of considered one of my superpowers is saying what everybody else is considering.
So when somebody emailed me final week asking for recommendation on sustaining a wholesome relationship, I needed to snigger. I’ve been in additional unhealthy relationships than wholesome ones. I’ve been in abusive relationships. Poisonous relationships. Codependent relationships. I’ve been divorced, twice. None of us are with out our justifiable share of scars.
And I don’t remorse any of it. All of that trauma and drama taught me the best way to love, the best way to depart, and the best way to come again to myself—which I believe is an important ingredient in a wholesome relationship. Nothing is stronger, extra highly effective than being true to YOURSELF, loving your self, displaying up as your fullest self.
The very best relationship recommendation I can provide isn’t about different individuals, it’s about you. Love your self. Belief your self. Present up for your self. And in case you’re courageous sufficient to search out somebody who’s doing the identical, allow them to be themselves. Encourage them to like themselves. Love one another by individually standing totally in your energy.
Wholesome relationships with others—romantic or in any other case—can solely occur if we’ve wholesome relationships with ourselves first. PERIOD.
Different issues which are useful: shared worth programs, comparable pursuits, a willingness to have messy conversations, stomach laughs, the liberty to be foolish, mutual respect, giving one another area with out taking it personally, hating all the identical issues, genuinely wanting the opposite individual to shine, being keen to bury a physique w/ them—even when it means breaking a nail.
Issues that don’t matter: cash, standing, earlier companions, sexual historical past, historical past generally. So many issues don’t matter. So many issues are trash.
Take out the trash and make your individual guidelines. Maintain your individual coronary heart in your individual palms. Imagine that hearts have the facility to interrupt and bend and heal and conquer. Imagine in your capability to provide and obtain love. Have robust boundaries. Give robust hugs.