And here is Part II:
1) Be open and creative and encourage me to be the same
2) “Say YES” should be his mentality
3) Protect my individuality, freedom, and autonomy
4) Encourage personal growth and the full development of my authentic self
5) Create a satisfying, experimental, open sex life (!)
6) Dedicate our relationship to learning, growing, evolving, and contributing
7) Be excited to work on creative projects together with me
8) Create an unconventional life with me
9) Experiments with everything
10) Deeply intuitive
11) Is a MAN
12) Sexually delicious
13) Loves fully
14) Sees my mess and loves me for it
Did you expect me to throw it away? Hahaha, no way! You don’t know me very well then. Any good scientist experiments with her hypothesis, but that doesn’t mean she tosses it if it isn’t proven immediately.
If anything, I needed to expand my theory on love and partnerships. And here it is -- I can’t think of a way to say it better than quoting from my final ELLE Guinea Pig of Love column:
“Here it is, my new theory on love and relationships:
I believe that you receive the partner best suited to whoever you are, whatever lessons you need to learn, whatever stage of development you’re at, and however you see yourself. If you don’t believe you’re deserving of love on a deeper level (I’m not talking about what you SAY -- I’m talking about how you FEEL inside), you will be met with unavailable, disinterested or non-committal partners -- or you’ll find men who love you, but whom you don’t find to be a good match, for whom you feel those little doubts -- like, “Is this it?” You will feel frustrated, like you’re banging your head against a wall. That’s because you (metaphorically) ARE.
The real issue always lies in you. Always. Every time. It lies in you to make the changes that you need in order to have the relationship you want.