Sunday, November 8, 2009

Toxic Love: Where Do You Draw The Line?

"The more in love we became, the more dangerous we became for each other. Equally as dangerous...because, it was a bit of an obsession." ~Rihanna on Chris Brown

I'm not sure why, but this quote struck a cord with me. I was perplexed as I thought about why it was bothering me so much, and then it came to me. Before I begin, I'd like to preface this post by saying that I do not have some tumultuous, obsessive, love life. I have a healthy relationship, so don't run wild this. I was not thinking from the "Fatal Attraction" angle either. I'm speaking of 2 people, mutually and passionately in love.

A little background information: I never had a boyfriend in high school and for the majority of my college years, I focused on books and never took a man seriously. I've recently found to be what I feel will be my first and last Love. I know it may be odd for a woman my age to just be experiencing her first love, but it is what it is. I love the feeling it brings when I think that not only am I in love, but that I am sharing this love. Although, like anything, it has its trials and problems, it's a mutual bliss- progressing and secure. However, there's a darker side to my emotions, and I feel I need to get a grasp on managing them early, as this is all new territory for me. This love is also an addiction. At times, and I'm ashamed to admit this, it's jealous, and more often than not, illogical.

From the above, you might be thinking that I already need assistance but pump ya breaks. Is this not how love is experienced for any other people? A whirlwind of emotions that surrounds my very soul, the eye of this delicious storm being my heart. A storm doesn't always have to be destructive and turbulent. It's simply all of my emotions coming at me in a rush. My question, however, is this? Where is the line drawn with "love?" When do two people realize that their love has become dangerous for each other.

Some might say when it reaches the point of possessiveness:
  1. Jealousy opposed to the personal independence of, or to any influence other than one’s own upon, a child, spouse, etc.
  2. Desirous of possessing, esp. excessively so: a possessive lover.
  3. Of or pertaining to possession or ownership
Now some might say that this is a bad quality to allow to exist in a relationship (esp. after reading definition # 1 lol), but I disagree (yea yea sue me) to a certain degree.. In my opinion, it's only natural to wonder about the whereabouts of someone you love. You worry that they might betray you, despite the trust you have in them. You feel like you've found something golden and unique, and you don't want to share that with anyone else. Obviously, this "quality" can go too far. However, I would argue to say that it only becomes a problem when 2 parties demonstrate unequal levels of it. If both parties are equally possessive, perhaps there will be less friction over rules imposed or controlling behavior? I don't know, let me know what you think. I definitely don't want to own anyone, but I am territorial. It's a basic survival instinct... right? I personally think the line comes in when people are trying to control every aspect of each other's lives. I used to see those horror stories on Oprah or Psych shows where women had husbands who told them what to wear, when to wear it, and how to wear it. The men didn't let them have any friends, didn't let them out of the house, and made them check in with them every hour of the day. Clearly, this is going overboard, but also represents what I mentioned before- an unequal balance of "power" - the women had no control in these situations.

My questions, in summary, are: Is there a such thing as "Healthy" Possessiveness. Can you be "possessive" and still be secure? Where is the line drawn (and please don't mention violence, that's a given.)?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Why "Correction" You Say?

I feel like God has blessed me tremendously within this past yr. I have the love of my life (and he has me lol). I travel at my leisure. My Medical School Future looks quite bright (I'd make a Melanie.from.The.Game. reference, but that would be so cliche). :) My hair is wonderfully healthy and growing (I'll post a pic, it's already grown out of my cut and to my shoulders). However, I feel like I'm not giving enough to Him with the way I live my life. I harbor unforgiveness toward some people. I hold disdain for a few people, and I just don't praise and thank Him enough. I need to get my priorities back in order. I think one issue is that my spiritual accountability partner and I haven't been communicating enough because we have both been traveling. Anyone want to fill the position? haha, no seriously, I really need accountability in my life. Also, any ideas on how to get my priorities back in order? Obviously, I'm making efforts on my own, but I could use your suggestions.