I met my beloved boyfriend at the beginning of this year. We have been a blessing for one another, and not a day passes in which I am not grateful for him. We were inseparable from the moment we met, and we've experienced unimaginable synchrony, but even our predominantly blissful relationship has not been without its challenges.
A week ago, during a particularly unpleasant misunderstanding, I wanted to run away from it all. I considered taking the easy way out, ending something beautiful just because it was hard for a little while. But I took a step back and observed my dramatic reaction to that momentary friction. I centered my frazzled mind and realized that I was just as responsible for the temporary discomfort in our relationship as my boyfriend was. If I chose to ignore that, I wouldn’t be solving anything, and I might as well end the relationship.
Instead, I decided to really dig into what went wrong. Since I knew that neither of us had ill intentions and that we each genuinely cared for the other, it was easy to just start talking honestly about our concerns. As a team, we came up with a list of issues that needed to be addressed. We dealt with them, and our relationship is stronger than ever.
New relationships are incredible, but messiness is almost inevitably where feelings are involved. With that in mind, I've come up with a few strategies that can help you navigate the rocky bits of a new relationship.