Poetry On Odyssey: I Promise You

Poetry On Odyssey: I Promise You

Relationships are never perfect, but that's because we are human.

I can’t promise

I’ll never make you upset

Or bring you pain

Or make a mistake

Because I am human.

I can’t promise

I’ll always be perfect

Or never be sad

Or never make you angry

Because I am human.

But what I can promise you is worth so much more,

I can promise

I’ll make you smile

And bring you joy

And fix my mistakes

Because I love you.

I can promise

I’ll always be myself

And always be real

And make you happy

Because I love you.

I promise you that.

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Just Because I Check My Boyfriend's Location Every Hour Doesn't Make Me A 'Psycho Girlfriend'

No, checking his location every hour does not make me psycho.

My boyfriend and I have been seeing each other for a few months now. He has come up with describing my actions sometimes as “psycho girlfriend.” As much as this bothered me at first I started to realize there is nothing wrong with my “psycho” actions.

I don’t monitor who my boyfriend hangs out with and I don’t care who he texts, I trust him, but I do watch other things he does.

I probably check his location about once an hour, maybe more if he isn’t texting me back.

This isn’t some way for me to find out if he is with another girl, it’s so I can ensure he isn’t dead in a ditch somewhere. If he was on Snapchat five minutes ago but hasn’t texted me back in 45 minutes, yeah I’ll call him out on it but I'm not actually mad. If he is with friends and not answering me, it’s cool. I just want to be able to make sure I know where he is and that he is alive on a regular basis.

I make him keep his read receipts on for me.

I don’t care if he leaves me on read, I just need to know he is seeing what I’m saying. Half the time, I text him random facts or thoughts I have throughout my day, those don’t always need a response back. However, I do want to know he is acknowledging me through reading my texts.

Yes, from time to time I will spam him and make him respond to my messages so we can make plans or I can know what he is doing with his day but it’s not like I plan out his every move for him or care if he is getting drunk with the boys on a Wednesday, not my issue.

I don’t ask for all of his time or anything. I know he is a busy person. All I ask for him to text me back on a regular basis (once an hour to be exact), for him to allow for me to know where he is at all times and to get one night a week with him.

I don’t plan to show up where he is or anything, I simply just like to know information and get a weekly time with him. I don’t care if I only see him that one night a week, I just want one night with a movie or dinner or snuggles so I can get my boyfriend time.

The rest of the time he is his own person, and I couldn’t really care less about what he does in that time.

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Your Single Friend Probably Does Not Want Your Help

Take it from a single girl, we've got this.

This will read like I am venting, and I am, but it’s also important info for people who are trying to help their single friends who didn’t ask you to help them.

Just a spoiler alert: they do not want your help.

I have been single for seven years. Yup, seven years. I was a junior in high school when my last relationship ended, and I knew after that two year mess that I needed a break. The longer my break took the more comfortable I got with myself, and the more I realized that the person I am in a relationship is not a healthy and happy person. I am the clingy, needy, overthinking type. I lash out over a text that sounds angry in my head, and every girl in his life is his sidechick. It’s just a thing about me – I am a wonderful girlfriend until I get a feeling something isn’t right. Then, I lose it, and nothing is ever the same again. I knew I needed time away from that, and to take part in the self-discovery and freedom that comes with being single. I have been loving the ride. I have enjoyed not spending time waiting for him to text me or crying over having a feeling something isn’t right. Some people hate being single. I, on the other hand, have learned to embrace it.

I think it was about year three or four that people started asking me the question “are you seeing anyone?” My answer always caused people to make this I-feel-sad-for-you face, which was sometimes followed by something like, “You’ll meet someone soon” or a comment on how pretty I am. I know that someone will eventually sweep my off my feet, and I promise you that I know I am very pretty. But, here is the thing: single people do not like being “helped” unless we specifically ask for it. We do not like being treated like charity cases. You are not Glinda, I am not Elphiba, and you will not be trying to make me popular. I am wonderful just the way I am. A dating site or blind date isn’t going to make me feel better unless I ask you to set it up. Lately, people have been trying to set me up with people they know, and that pisses me off more than anything. I am not done with me just yet, and how do you know what I am looking for in a potential boyfriend? It’s very sweet of you to try, but I would rather jump out of an airplane than be set up on a date. Just let me do me, OK? I appreciate the concern, but if I wanted help I’d ask.

This is, of course, just based on my opinion and what I have heard from other single people I know. We appreciate the gesture, but having the I-feel-sorry-for-you face thrown at us each year we show up to Christmas dinner without a date makes us feel like we do not have your support, which, in my case, is all I want: the support from the people around me that my choice to remain single for now is the right choice for me. When I find him, I find him. But, please, let me do this on my own, OK?

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