“Let’s call this the transcendent bond, the ultimate ideal that embodies the best combination of all the elements necessary for relationship success.”
Without communication, there is no relationship. Without respect, there is no love. Without trust, there’s no reason to continue.
I can’t go back and redo my twenties or even go back to puberty and start my socialization over so that I understand male/female dynamics REALISTICALLY. My life may be irreversible; I’ll have to make peace with the consequences of what you did, but I know you’re still out there doing this to other people.
I promise myself, as hard as it will be not to want to embrace the next imperfect being and love them — I will love myself more.