Out of all of the people I’ve known in my 20+ years on this earth, I never expected that I would learn the most about love from my younger brother. My sneaking, scheming, two-timing younger brother, but somehow I did.
You see, with as many of the girls that my brother has dated in his young life, it’s a shame that he’s only really cared about two. One was a high school sweetheart, the other a girl he met once he was in college. Each time I was equally shocked at how well he treated them. Not because a man shouldn’t treat the woman that he’s dating like a princess, but because I’ve always counted my brother as one of the most selfish human beings in my Rolodex (I love him, but it’s true). But, when he’s in love, he transforms. He gives selflessly, loves deeply and stops at nothing to ensure that his woman knows that she’s a priority in his life. Although she may not be his number one priority (nor should she be at his age), it is important to note that she is a priority.
Watching him over the years was an eye opener for me. Not because I am unaware of how a lady should be treated, but because it taught me the difference between being in a relationship with a man who only likes you enough as opposed to being with a man who adores you. Every woman deserves to be adored, genuinely loved and desired by her man, not merely tolerated by him. Unfortunately, many women sell themselves short out of desperation and cling to men who show minimal interest in them at best. They rarely loosen their grip on the man long enough to realize that he really is not that interested in them.
The most recent and unfortunate example of this has played out during this season of Real Housewives of Atlanta through former Miss USA Kenya Moore’s desperate attempts at getting her half-interested boyfriend to marry her and get her pregnant. While many may have gotten a chuckle out of Kenya’s over the top love-marriage-and-a-baby-carriage antics, it was difficult and even painful to watch at times for me because it makes you wonder how a person so beautiful could have such low self-esteem and be so oblivious to what she’s worth. While Kenya’s situation may have been highly dramatized for reality television purposes (there are even rumors that her “man” Walter pretended to be her boo for TV), it is only an exaggerated depiction of many everyday women who sell themselves short. I can speak on it because I’ve been there. I’ve been the girl who foolishly sits around waiting for a guy to wake up and realize how valuable I am instead of moving on and waiting for the man who will recognize my worth.
A woman should never be unsure of her man’s intentions. She should never have to beg or pressure him to marry her. A man who finds a woman he wants will not string her along. A man who genuinely loves a woman will truly love her, cherish her and refuse to let her go. He will do what he has to do to keep her. A man who truly wants a woman will pursue her relentlessly. You’ll never have to chase a man who really wants to be with you. So many women force relationships with men or settle for a guy who make it evident that he can take or leave her, all for the sake of being with someone, instead of holding out for the man who is truly interested in them. In doing this, they open their hearts up for rejection and jump head first into a battle they can’t win. Opening your heart to someone who is only half-interested in you is dangerous. It is impossible to hold onto a man who doesn’t want you and it is foolish to try.
A man can smell a desperate woman from a mile away and the only way to rid yourself of the scent of desperation is to recognize your value and acknowledge your worth. A confident woman can look herself in the mirror and admit that although this man may not be all that interested in her, there’s another man who will be because she’s a great catch. She realizes that this man not being as interested in her as she is in him does not lessen her value or make her less adequate. She refuses to subject herself to the embarrassment of forcing a relationship and heavy future plans with the man who just likes her enough and will not allow him to occupy the space that can be filled by a man who will sincerely adore her. The sooner many of us get that message, the better off we’ll be. If he only likes you “enough,” then plain and simple, that’s NOT enough.