It has taken me a long time to realize this, but one of the key components to having a healthy loving relationship is… courage. A healthy, loving relationship must never stagnate, and this requires courage. Continually add new knowledge and actions to your union.
Moreover, it’s not a codependent relationship filled with high drama. To avoid these two extremes takes courage. Getting out of a relationship that is not beneficial requires courage. Don’t waste time and effort on a union that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. When a relationship is toxic, the person who is courageous knows they deserve better; therefore, he or she knows when to get out. Not settling for anything less than a true, loving relationship takes courage.
Last but certainly not least, it takes courage to open up and be vulnerable with someone else. A powerful bond is created through vulnerability. Sharing both our happiness and our heartache with someone. By sharing painful events in our lives and allowing the other person an opportunity to care, be compassionate, and understand our needs.
Fear will affect the rest of our lives if we let it cripple us in our intimate relationships. Yes, there is the possibility of being hurt. Still, it is worth the risk. How is this? Because loving somebody truly is worth the risk. Not settling, not being needy or codependent, not falling into a stale routine, but a relationship full of growth and excitement. Courage is required.