Pride and Stubbornness
Zoe and Theodore had fallen in love the minute they met. All it really took was a deep gaze into each other’s chestnut eyes. They were both glowing, an indication of the emotions that had sparked inside of them. But they knew that this relationship was not going to be an easy ride.
Pride and stubbornness does that.
They were both successful in their respective careers. Independent, self-sufficient professionals who had learned how to battle through life and persevere no matter what came their way.
But in a relationship, that wasn’t necessarily a good thing.
Theodore would occasionally back down, allowing Zoe to make the choices – the meal, the restaurant, the movie. But she often felt he was letting her do things so she wouldn’t nag and she detested it, leading to a fight – the kind of ones only women know how to start.
When he wouldn’t call during the day because he was often caught up with heap-loads of work, Zoe refused to pick up the phone and call him herself. And they would spend days wondering why each other didn’t call, waiting, hoping, drowning in thoughts and doubts.
In the end, they realized they were simply suffocating themselves. Something should be done. So they set a specific time by which they would definitely talk on the phone if they hadn’t already. They took turns choosing what they would eat, see, go. They would discuss and make decisions jointly, in rare cases even flipping a coin if it came down to that.
And with time, their pride and stubbornness in their relationship subdued. They realized these feelings had no place in emotions of love. And so they managed to save their life as a couple and ultimately rescue their own sanity. Because sometimes, you do need to let go of a few things and just for a while demonstrate you too have weaknesses.