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I, personally, am holding out for the WOW that lasts forever. I want to get excited about seeing someone. I want to get butterflies. I want to see him and just want to jump him immediately wherever we are. I have experienced these things. I know how amazing they are. I want WOW from the beginning. Neither should you!!! The question is, is there enough in the embers? Like Like. When we look back at history i. If we look at other cultures also sometimes they arrange marriages i dont agree with them but do they have this spark?
Does a perfect relationship exist Suzie? Can you obtain the full package or do we those that are single perhaps have to change our perception of what is a relationship worth throwing ourselves into. Maybe just maybe we could have passed up on a relationship that if we would have given it a proper go, in time sparks could have been flying all over the place. Massive fan or yours Suzie and love the blog, I truly hope you find someone that gives you a breathtaking firework displa, good luck, Mick x.
Thank you so much. I am really glad you enjoyed the post and this post! Your insights are great. We all deserve the best whatever that may be! Keep holding out Diva! That spark is so important. And it does last if you work at it. Nearly six years on, so far so good. Could be because I stood up too quick mind you.
Thanks for the comment! Keeping the spark alive is totally up to both people in the relationship I agree! So awesome that you have that! The WOW factor is an absolute must, especially in the beginning. Relationships take effort and the fire, even if it fades to a spark over time, gives you something to build upon when daily life consumes your desires. This is a matter of giving up and settling rather than striving for extraordinary!
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I'm working on a theory for myself that rationalizes that "firework" mentality, but I really have no idea what I'm talking about. I'm currently dating people I don't have any kind of fireworks with and I guess I'll see how that goes. It probably depends on the person. Oct 15, I've recently given a lot of thought about "fireworks" or as I like to call it, "the wow factor" in dating. How important is it? What if it's not there? Does it have to be there? I asked around what people thought and the majority of people thought that yes, it is important and that. Dec 08, Maybe not all dating and romantic relationships have to be fireworks and Champagne. You like him, but it certainly isn't the world's greatest love story. Donate to help vulnerable communities.
It was a toxic relationship and we should never have married. He admitted he was always chasing the chemistry. Chemistry is a potent aphrodisiac and I do think you need a certain amount of chemistry to form a relationship in the beginning.
After all we have to be attracted to someone to build a life together. It turns me off. A solid good nice man who would take care of my heart choose what. Oh my god, this last sentence made me tear up! I loved your story because this is how I see my life playing out as well. I picked him five years ago because I decided for the first time to choose something good for me, for once.
I have been that typical person always chasing the chemistry and passion or that intriguing person, and those experiences have led me down a huge rabbit hole that in the end have left me feeling empty, exhausted and extremely drained and aged.
My last crazy roller coaster ride ended when I was It was then when I made a decision to end my bond with a certain relationship that had all the feelings and chemistry, but left me yearning for love. After ending that relationship, I spent four years single, reconnecting with myself, and getting to know me. After four years single, I met my now fiance, Mr. Kind Eyes. When I met him, I distinctly remember experiencing a warm feeling in my heart caused by the sweet gaze of his kind eyes, and his down-to-earth demeanor.
I should disclose that the night that I met Mr. Kind Eyes, an old crush was also present Mr. Old Crushand with Mr.
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Old Crush I had experienced ALL the feelings, to the point of actually believing that he could be my soulmate. So, needless to say, I was intentionally trying to stay as far away from the old crush as possible, and instead trying to get to know this wonderful new individual that I had just met. After quite a few drinks, Mr. Kind Eyes and I kissed, and boy was I crushed. I felt absolutely nothing! But, since I was drunk, we continued making out, I think, primarily, because I was scared that if I ended up alone, I was going to end up with Mr.
In hindsight, I wonder what would have happened if I had just gone home that night. In the end, not much else happened because Mr. Kind Eyes turned out to be a complete gentleman, and since I was a bit inebriated, he very politely simply took me home, and went along his merry way.
After that night, a part of me was really impressed at what a gentleman Mr. Kind Eyes had been, and at the same time, I was really hoping he would never call me again, and that all of this would fade into the abyss the way many of those nights do.
Feb 07, Home › Forums › Dating and Sex Advice › "No Fireworks" This topic contains 13 replies, has 1 voice, and was last ated by Day 5 years, 4 months ago. Viewing 14 posts - 1 through 14 (of 14 total) Author Posts February 6, at pm # Reply Aurora Hey there. I'm a. Jan 29, Believe it or not, if you aren't feeling that spark, it might be a good thing. "Think of times when a spark you felt with someone was really fireworks," Thomas Edwards, founder . We all know that couple who fell head-over-heels in love, married after only a few months of dating, and are just as happy many years later. But I wish someone long ago had let me in on the secret that love didn't have to feel like butterflies, and that the lack of them might actually indicate the .
But, as luck would have it, it did not. Kind Eyes reached out the next day, and was completely smitten. He wanted to get to know me and date me, and I just wanted him to leave me alone.
But he insisted, so I said to myself, why not? One date. So I did. And so the big inner struggle began. Disclosure 2: before Mr. He was controlling, manipulative, and toxic.
It was one of those situations where I got involved out of curiosity. I was 18 years old when it began. He was seeing other people, and supposedly I was seeing other people too, but I was too crazy in love to think of anyone else.
I dated someone younger than me like 8 years, I thinkand it only lasted 3 months. So there you have it. All the dysfunctionality, briefly summarized.
When I met Mr. First, I instantly felt safe around him. I also felt very comfortable with him, and that I could be my true self without judgement.
He always called when he said he would. It was a breath of fresh air.
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I loved it! But there was one problem: I simply was not feeling the feels. And yet, at the same time, I was incredibly attracted to these other feelings of safety and comfort. I clearly remember that during one of our very first dates, toward the end of the night, I was actually quite bored. We had run out of things to talk about, and I was bored. In fact, I remember that all I wanted to do was go home and cuddle with him.
The feeling of attachment was so strong that the more I saw him, the harder it became for me to break things off.
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He made me laugh, and he was sweet, but the lack of chemistry made it really hard to feel completely comfortable. I struggled for many many months, and was even having dreams where I would hear voices telling me to leave him. I would wake up crying in the middle of the night arguing with those voices, telling them to leave me alone, and feeling that I simply could not break his heart that way. We ended up dating for three years, until we finally broke up.
I was shocked and crushed! Kind Eyes could do no wrong, and that he was serious about me, and was going for the gold: marriage, kids, house, etc. And that scared me! I was so convinced that this was it, that he was going to propose after one year, that I think I managed to freak myself out.
Marriage scares me. That level of commitment always has because I have always equated marriage with a loss of liberty and independence - I come from a very patriarchal and chauvinistic culture where women are expected to be submissive caretakers. So, now that I think about it, this may also have been the reason why I was not feeling the chemistry. I was projecting too much instead of just enjoying the ride and letting things happen on their own.
To be honest, I was more shocked and crushed.
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But it was also the perfect excuse to finally end this exhausting struggle! When we broke up, I did cry a lot, and missed him very much, but I also began to enjoy my freedom again.
I had just launched my band, and was singing at local restaurants, and reconnecting with friends, and really enjoying my freedom. Soon, I began chasing the passion again, and who would show up, if not Mr. We hooked up, and boy, did fireworks fly! We were on fire! We were so on fire that even in my dreams I was seeing silhouettes of lovers burning passionately against red sunsets.
I felt so alive! It was insane. But a lot of things were missing with Mr. Toxic: love, safety, trust and deep compatibility. Despite the strong chemistry, I simply did not see myself with him.
I knew that this was just a great fling to let loose and feel alive again. At some point during the romance, we decided to take a week long trip together. It was such a fun trip, and we had a great time, but I do recall at some point feeling that I missed Mr. Once the fire and passion waned a bit, I began missing the dependability, the safety, the nurture and the peace that I would have with Mr. I began to feel that I wanted to go home and not be with Mr.
Toxic who was too overwhelming. I wanted to cuddle with Mr. Kind Eyes and fall asleep in his arms, feeling safe and loved. I was still confused! After six months of breaking up, Mr. Kind Eyes came back, and proposed, and a month later, I said yes.
And I tried. I remember asking him to come over to my apartment so I could gently let him down, and just as I was about to, I saw my life flash in front of me. I saw myself standing by the ocean, overlooking the water, alone, thinking about my past and remembering my time with Mr. At that moment, the pain of losing him forever hit me so strongly that I began to cry uncontrollably and inconsolably.
I felt this exhaustion that one feels after having lost so many people that once meant something to us, and now are gone forever. Kind Eyes to be one more person in my life that had come and gone. I wanted him to stay. Shortly after that, I said yes to his proposal. That night I experienced a severe panic attack. A month later we agreed to move in together, and a few weeks after that, he experienced an intense panic attack that sent him to the hospital.
And I must say that I am impressed at how perfect we are at living together. He is even more loving and nurturing then he was when we first started dating. And has become more romantic. We are great friends, great partners, we respect each other, support one another, and we both feel safe with each other.
I love him and want to see him succeed and be happy. I genuinely do! But one problem persists: the chemistry in the bedroom. But those moments are too rare. And it breaks my heart. All these feelings ignite my doubts again. Once a month, right around my time, the doubts begin to creep back up, and I begin to freak out again. And I begin to google anything you can possibly imagine to try to find an answer to my inner struggle.
I tend to have a very powerful mind, that usually works very much in my favor, but also means that it easily gets the best of me. But on days like today, I begin to feel desperate - exhausted from the struggle, and mostly tortured by my own emotions.
So I try to look for the voice of reason. I would walk out of there feeling lighter and more centered, and more in love with him. It really was a very strange feeling. Immediately, I fall back into the darkness of doubt that weighs heavily on me with no answer in sight.
I recognize myself word for word in what you wrote. I cannot begin to tell you how similar our stories are. I was diagnosed with Rocd.
But I would suggest that relationships are skill-based as well as emotion-based, and there are a lot of things that you can do to bring zing into a comforting relationship. This happens to everyone, but there are tons of things you can do to switch things up, as my very short list above shows. Passion and comfort can both disappear and reappear to those willing to put forth the effort. Expecting a partner to be perfect is unfair because nobody is, usually the people expecting it.
Its a choice. Ive chosen a life truth be told of acquiescing, w the tradeoff of stability for my children. If it makes any difference to even one young passionate reader, think carefully forever is a really long time to love someone. To live safely, without love and passion, is. Before marriage I dated lots, had great boyfriends.
At some point, I felt time was right to settle down. If i had a magic wand, id wish to fall in love with him, rather than leave and make him sad.
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Ive tried everything short of the wand. Without that indescribable passion for another person that little something missing becomes a very big something. It seems that comfort can become less comforting over time as well. So in the end, does it really make a difference which you choose?
We are all wired to habituate to everything in our lives, including our love interest. When I was in a passionate relationship with someone, I enjoyed the time we had together, but I was mostly always miserable because there was no security in our passionate relationship.
I would never really know if they would be in my life a week from now. It was great in those brief moments that we were together, but for the most part it was distressing never having any security. About a year ago I met a guy that I was fairly attracted to. We started dating and during the first year our relationship was great.
We had both passion and comfort - we always looked forward to being with each other on our free time and even planned for the future together.
Passion vs. Comfort. This is a post you don't want to miss, inspired by a discussion on my Days of Summer thatliz.com's the gist of it. Reader Lori writes: I have been with a man who loves me, and has loved me, as close as one can get to unconditionally for over 13 yrs. Nov 14, Some guys take some time to warm up and be themselves. Generally speaking I usually have a minimum dates with a person if there is no obvious red flags on the first date because lets face it, online dating especially, it can be a bit awkward. If there is no seemingly red flags then hang out a few more times and see where it goes. The early days of dating someone new can be wonderful. You're getting to know someone, learning about all of their quirks and figuring each other out. Part of that is recognizing if something.
We were like best friends and also passionate lovers. After the first year the passion started disappearing. No one is saying that comfort is going to be what makes you happy. I think what the author is suggesting is that realistically it might be the best thing we can get in a long-term relationship. I agree with you that passion is very important to the health of a relationship. Actually, I chose certain passages, Selena, for space purposes - to synopsize what she was saying.
But reasonable people can disagree. Thanks for your contribution. And neither marrying for passion or comfort would seem to be any guarantee of having someone driving you to chemo 30 years hence.
Fighting or not fighting. In my coaching practice, the vast majority of my divorced female clients in their forties and fifties left their husbands to be with a man with whom they felt amazing chemistry. They knew in their hearts that they were leaving a boring, routine marriage to be with their true soulmate.
And, guess what? After six months to a year of reality, these relationships fizzled. You can create passion by being attentive, doing something new together, or flirting in a different way with the one you love. Passion is easy to find-and lose. Long-term love and compatibility is much more complex and rare. Why MidLife Men? I cannot agree with your reply more. As someone who was in a non-passionate marriage and found passion with another person, left said marriage and the passion fizzled and that relationship died, I am living proof that passion comes and goes - support, compatibility and long-term love is complex and rare.
I have been dating for 2 years now and have had people passionate for me and me passionate for them and none of them work out. If you are in a loving relationship, passion can be created, it takes a lot of work sometimes, but it can be created and sustained. Love and compatibilty are much harder to create and sustain.
So, if you find someone you are compatible with and there are feelings there but maybe not passion - go for it.
Create the passion because the what is there is rare. Yeah, I agree with Selena here. Evan, you are arguing a point no one is really disputing - most people on these message boards are quite mature and do realize the importance of overall compatibility. Only Lori is NOT happy, she does not even want to be with this man, and would rather never have sex with him if that were an option.
By what standard is this a good, comfortable marriage? I am friends with several people who are having long term relationships. Some began with passion, some not. Passion, unless a whole lot of things meld in very specific ways, can be the source of a lot of pain.
There are no guarantees-and no guarantee you would find someone else that would ignite that spark and also want to be committed to you and your children. I wonder what the odds are. We knew we both wanted a home and family though, and found in each other shared values and mutual respect. Well no. That was something we did in the early years in order to have our family.
Elyse and I enjoy having separate bedrooms, we both sleep more soundly. You made a HUGE point in your opening line; you are happy in your relationship because you are happy overall in your life. I think we sometimes go into these situations expecting the other person to GIVE us all the feelings we want to have, when really, those have to come from within ourselves.
I think that what we should really be looking for in our relationships is JOY. As Evan says, an intensely passionate relationship is usually fraught with tension and instability. I think it would benefit Lori, and others in the same situation to take a look at why they feel empty and unfulfilled.
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It may not really be the marriage. It might be a matter of doing and finding the things that bring you joy, be it a relationship with God, a favorite hobby, etc. Ronnie is spot on about having a heart of gratitude. So maybe finding a person with whom we experience JOY rather than passion or comfort might be the best compromise.
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Totally agree. We have to be whole beings to be able to share that happiness with someone else. However, seriously, how many of us can really claim to be this whole perfectly balanced beings? Perhaps some of you will say you are, well, congratulations.
I agree with Maria. I dated then married a woman mostly out of comfort. She was smart, good job, cute, i knew she probably would be a good mother and i could trust her.
Weve been together for 8 yrs but the last 4 yrs there has been no intimacy. Ive tried talking to her about it, telling her i wasnt happy, i felt that we were roommates etc.
Ive been in my own bedroom for 2 years now. We get along like good friends but im now disconnected mentally and physically. We separated for a time and i started seeing someone else and both know about the other.
Ive been with the other woman for a year now and she is amazing and like my best friend in everyway. Now my problem is i dont want to leave me kids. Im at a lose on what to do or expect. You could also think about what things attracted you to your more passionate partners, and see if they would fit into your current relationship. And maybe you would like a new makeover as well, to feel differently about who you are in the relationship. Sometimes, people just feel stifled and might not realize that they are stifling themselves.