Should You Make Sacrifices Just to Be in A Relationship?

BY: - 10 Jan '14 | Relationships

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The majority of us have a desire to share our lives with someone who makes us laugh, greatly contributes to the joy in our life and shows us real and lasting love. It’s a human requirement to feel loved. Yes love, when it’s done right, trumps everything. It’s no wonder some of us become fools for love. In an effort to obtain a happily ever after, some are making costly sacrifices. They are willing to surrender their own needs for the sake of being in a relationship. While being in love and in a committed relationship feels great, we are setting ourselves up for a life of regret when we dismiss what’s most important to us for somebody else. When we are true to who we are, an authentic relationship can be developed.

We must remember that honoring who we are is much more attractive to a potential mate. People are generally attracted to those who are confident and love themselves. Losing ourselves isn’t a requirement for being in love anyway.

There are certain aspects of who we are that should absolutely stay intact. Our spiritual beliefs and connection as well as our personal dreams are just a few. Although those might not change, there are some parts of us that might not serve a future relationship well.

Some sacrifices actually make sense as long as we don’t lose what actually makes us, us. I am a huge supporter of self-assessments and being honest about the areas of our lives needing improvement, but only when those areas have caused us hurt or damaged important relationships. If it has cost us our dreams, goals or future, we must take that self-examination and discover how we can show up better and have the life and love we planned.

Once we discover what hasn’t benefited us, then it’s time to make those changes. However, there are sacrifices people don’t necessarily have to make just to be in love. Yes, we should sacrifice selfishness, and careless spending or any other unhealthy habits. However, we must keep in mind, the person who was really meant for us won’t require that we sacrifice the core of who we are.The more authentic both  individuals are, the stronger the relationship.

BMWK, what sacrifices have you made to for a relationship?

About the author

Tiya Cunningham-Sumter wrote 386 articles on this blog.

Tiya Cunningham-Sumter is a Certified Life & Relationship Coach, founder of Life Editing and a Career Coach/Trainer. She helps couples and individuals rewrite their life to reflect their dreams. Tiya has been featured in Ebony Magazine, Essence.com and on the Michael Baisden Show. She resides in Chicago with her husband and two children. For more of Tiya's fearless life and love wisdom, visit her blog at www.theboldersister.com

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