I just read somewhere in a thread that some dude said that he’s been nagging his partner to let him have a big bike, and he’s not even married yet. Now, I might have read that completely incorrectly, but that statement has kind of become a symbol for me for the general sense of opression, rage, horror, fear, whatever that seems to attack me every now and then.
I seem to have an unnatural fear of being changed or influenced in any way by a boyfriend or girlfriend. I like myself when single. I’ve been single for most of my life, and I always tell people how much I LOVE it.
Now I’m in a relationship, and I’m on edge the whole time to resist any effort from the other party to change the way I am. Some things I’ve adapted to pretty easily, e.g. suddenly some of my drawers and other spaces are occupied with boy stuff, great foot massages when I used to hate feet, somebody to help clean and take out the trash, somebody cute around to get me out of the house and go to weird places like Bitan or Taipei zoo with, just for the hell of it.
But other things are driving me nuts. I suddenly don’t feel like going out to The Wall and music shows anymore. Most of my friends are men, and suddenly hanging out with my friends seem to be creating problems, ranging from mutual dislike to just plain jealousy (which is vehemently denied). It suddenly seems that we’re great at home, but any social outing involving any of my old male friends puts me on edge for both him and them, and I don’t seem to enjoy myself with those friends anymore. I don’t want to lose my friends, or the boy?
What is the real issue here? Am I just afraid to change? Is this not the right guy for me? Is it normal to go out to movies and such things more after you’re in a relationship? It seems that he wanted to go out to clubs too before we started dating? What’s going on? I want my Wall! No. I want to want my Wall! But I don’t. :fume: