Some people believe that they have life completely figured out. As much as I would like to, I can not consider myself one of them. I am not perfect. I do not have all of the answers. I do not always know the right things to say. There are some days where I don’t even feel like I’m that great of a person. I’d hate to blame anyone other than myself, but there are actual people out there that I could attribute some of my character issues to.
There are a lot of us who suffer from having experienced personal relationships that were poison for our futures. At the time when we were in them, things were probably fine all the way up until the point that they weren’t. And at the moment things became ‘not fine’ it was already too late. As human beings we have a natural tendency to gravitate towards people that are similar to ourselves. This is why you often see very successful people congregating with each other. This is also the same reason why broken people find their way into eachother’s lives 9 times out of 10.
I constantly wrestle with the consequences and effects of the personal relationships that I’ve had in my life. The decisions that I’ve made and the people that I let get near me directly impact the person that I am today. I used to be fairly popular among my peers when I was in school, but that was only because I felt like I needed to be. It used to hurt my feelings if people didn’t like me so I would camouflage myself in a false persona so that I could feel accepted. Being likable and becoming popular was easy, but being myself became harder and harder to achieve. Being myself was especially hard whenever it came to my love life. On the surface, I was the perfect gentleman and the textbook boyfriend, but on the inside I was a monster. I may have been faithful in only 2 of the many romantic relationships that I experienced. I could blame it on them, or on the circumstances, or even on the fact that it runs in my family and that’s just what men do. Who I blame would not change the fact that I hurt a lot of people and they didn’t even deserve it.
I should have just been honest.
I should have been honest with the ones that believed who I was and I should have been honest with myself. I had horrible relationship experiences mostly because of the fact that the relationship I had with myself was poisoned.
My poisonous relationship was with: Me.
I did myself a disservice by failing to admit what I really wanted out of life and who I really wanted to be. My life would be completely different if I had understood that people may not always like me and that it would be fine as long as I truly liked myself. I wasted so much time trying to please other people that I forgot about nurturing the relationship with myself, which caused me to ultimately ruin my other relationships because they didn’t really know me.
I realized, just a little too late, how important it is to understand yourself in order to really connect with other people. I still don’t have myself completely figured out yet, but I’m working on it because I actually care about those who I come into contact with. I want to give people the best experience of me that I can offer so that I can have a positive impression on their lives. It’s not so much about making people like me for being someone who I’m not, it’s all about having a positive influence because of who I am.
When you realize that you are the poison, you can become the cure at any point you choose. You just have to be willing to admit to yourself that a change needs to be made.
6 thoughts on “My Poisonous Relationship”
I am definitely going to write something about this. I have some pretty strong feelings about this online world that has been created for the purposes of dating. Hopefully you've subscribed for updates from my blog so that you won't miss it when I write it. Thanks for the suggestion though!
I would love to hear your views on Social Media dating and how its either helped or hindered relationships of modern times. Quite possibly Social Media dating has created a venue for all the reasons dating suck. People no longer “get to know” each other. Which in my opinion is the foundation for all the things you mentioned. Folks can hide out in cyber world under false pretense, all the while collecting as many opportunities to cheat, lie, and defame others…Idk I would love to hear your thoughts.
Hey, that works just as well! Thanks for commenting.
Try celibacy. It's working for me. I will make sure it stays that way.
That is actually not a bad idea. I will have to give it a little thought and see if I can come up with something worth reading. I think that would definitely be a great topic to cover though. Thanks for the suggestion and thanks for reading!
I would add respect as a specific category…It fits in up there in various places but it's deserving of its own discussion in my opinion. Not only that each person within the relationship respects one another but that they expect their friends family coworkers etc to show the sig other respect also…I'm sure you get it…maybe a segment on respect in relationships is a thought you would like to ponder…?