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Love Manifesto

A few months ago trouble came knocking at the door of my relationship. I had been trying to dodge old insecurities, like lead anvils, that were threatening to crush any chance I had to be happy. Although I didn't really have a label for just what kind of relationship I was in or how serious it was, I knew that if I didn't do something quick then I would never find out.

As a 37 year old gay man, I'd weathered some hard times in love and learned from many past mistakes.  However any wisdom I’d acquired on the subject over the last few years was not coming to my aid at that moment.  I was still dodging insecurities about self worth, and shame was easily triggered in moments of vulnerability.  Insecurities are normal, but I knew that caving into insecurities, as I was starting to do, was destructive to relationships.

One day after a terrible argument that left me and my sweeter half at a distance for days, I decided that I really needed to come up with some sort of solution. …

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