Don't judge the actions of others that you don't understand. Rather observe, learn and decide what you want to apply in your life. You may want to change your mind later based on your own experience.
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I am in my late teens. A year ago I was at the airport with my mum, having just arrived from a long flight into this country. My dad was not with us, because he could not get a visa.
At the airport I used my mum’s phone to send a text, when a text came in for her. I opened her text and saw it was all about love, but not from my dad – from her college professor! I did not say anything but I was shocked. I thought that that was the end of it because he was still in our home country where my dad also was.
A few days later I heard her speak to him over the phone and realized he had also moved and was living close to me and my mum. I heard them arrange to meet, but she never said anything about it.
I know they are meeting regularly, and I know my dad knows nothing about this. Even if my dad does know, he cannot do anything because he still does not have a visa.
What shocks me most is that want my mum does is against our culture and religion, but it seems like she does not care.
I don’t know what to do about this.
I met this incredible girl when I was in college, and I really care deeply about her. It is a second relationship for both of us. Her first relationship was long-distance. He started cheating on her after a few months, and she had no idea about it. She even went to visit him and as far as she was concerned they were very happy. He then dumped her just after her birthday.
I knew her at the time but our relationship only started a while after hers ended. We were very happy initially, but then I finished my studies. Because of finances I had to move back home, and this means I am only able to visit her every two months. I am now saving money so that we can move in together soon. We do communicate regularly with IM, video and phone, but it is not the same. I feel I am losing out because I cannot see her face or hear her voice, and that causes misunderstandings that turn out to be quite hurtful for both of us.
She still has her studies and she works two jobs to earn some money. She comes home late at night when her family is already asleep, and she has nobody to talk to.
I am very concerned that she is more and more depressed, and on top of that she is turning into a nasty piece of work - even her friends complain about her behavior.
I really want to help and support her as much as I can, but I feel like I am walking on eggs every time I speak to her. In this way her stress is getting to me. She is now playing this game where she is blaming me for not knowing what is wrong with her, and also not telling me anything – she shuts me out and I feel she is destroying all the closeness we had.
I am a medical doctor. I report to another doctor who completed his studies a year before I completed mine. While we were studying, he was allocated to be my mentor during his final year. He criticized me a lot (and still does), but it helps me to improve and I didn’t mind.
Since I have finished my studies I have been working with him on the same team in the hospital and we often put in long hours together. He once said in a social conversation with colleagues that he has not found a female doctor who is his type, and that he would rather not date another doctor. I know he is involved with an architect.
My problem is that I have feelings for him, and I find it more and more difficult to hide my feelings when I work with him. How can I control my feelings when I am in his presence?
You are ready for a relationship when you are ready to face the fantasy as well as the nightmare. Any relationship teaches us wisdom about ourselves.
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I feel like I need to make a choice and I am scared because I don’t know what the outcome will be. I may destroy everything I have.
I have had a very stressful life, but I am finally at peace with myself and I can now say I love myself – after much hard work.
I have met a man who is beautiful in every way. I love him dearly, warts and all, and would love to be his wife and have his child one day. I have known him for two years now.
I have two young children. My daughter is aware of him, but my son knows nothing about him. I have always kept him separate from my family, and he has never shown any interest in them. Not even my closest friends know about him. However, we love each other to bits and spend time together when we choose and enjoy every minute of it.
I have recently been fantasizing about living with him and having his child. I don’t know how to discuss this with him, because I am afraid of losing him altogether. What if he doesn’t want any changes? What if I lose him altogether?
What should I do?
Why is it that we hold on to relationships long past their natural end?
Think of a friendship that no longer exists. Do you still remember how your friend insulted or deserted you? You gained new friends, but you still feel that hurt.
Remember that supervisor who made your life such hell that you left to get a new job? You smile every time you think what a sad sod that supervisor is, and how much better off you are now. Or you still resent the opportunity that you missed as a result of that person, even though you gained much more from the new job than from the old one.
Then of course there is your marriage. You have known for a long time that