I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “Life is ride.” This is particularly true with relationships. We’ve all been in relationships, and we’ve all seen them fail, whether we’re male or female. We all know what it’s like to break up or be broken up with.
I am just like you. I have a lifetime of knowledge about relationships. My first one was in first grade, when a boy kissed me on the playground. Those innocent grade school relationships are so different from the dramatic relationships of teenage years. Even college relationships, when everyone is supposed to be so mature and adult-like, turn dramatic so quickly.
One of my first real college relationships set my life on a course I never thought I would go. I’d been with the guy for three years, and everything was going so well. We had even talked a very little bit about the possibility of marriage. And then an old girlfriend showed up. I didn’t think she was a threat at first. She seemed so nice and friendly. And then one day, about two weeks later, I heard those words, “We have to talk.” I didn’t even know what to say. This wasn’t supposed to happen. I thought he was the one. I thought he felt the same way about me. But I guess he changed his mind.
For a long while after the relationship ended, I regretted not saying anything. I watched him get together with his old girlfriend. I watched them get engaged less than three months later. I watched them start the happily ever after I had dreamed about. And then my friends shook me out of it. I threw myself into my education. I changed my major, and after I graduated, I got a job as a relationship therapist. I can’t sit idly back letting others make mistakes I’ve both made and seen made. I have to help people through this ride of relationships. My name is Stefanie Bauer. Can I help you through your ride?