Good luck has nothing to do with keeping your long-term relationships, or your Tamagotchi virtual pets alive. If you decide to commit to either of them you have to be willing to care for them both on a daily basis. There are no days off in either of these endeavors. To be able to remain faithful to this quest is much easier with your Tamagotchi because you have a greater ability to predict, and control it’s behavior. If you take that kind of stance in your long-term relationships you may find yourself in a world of trouble.
Control is the fastest way to destroy a long-term relationship in my opinion. Any person with a healthy sense of self-esteem on the planet will run faster than the speed of light to escape that scenario. Being able to predict your partner’s behavior could be helpful in some situations. For example if you know from past experiences that certain things drive your partner crazy (in the not good kind of way), you can use that as a helpful way to avoid conflict. The gray area there is that you may feel that you can predict what your partner’s point of view, and you could very likely be 100% wrong.
In my own relationship there have been times when I was completely sure my husband felt a certain way, when in fact he felt completely different. I think when you have been together for years you can make the mistake of not factoring in the notion that your partner’s opinions can change. You may have a tendency to forget that you are not two people sharing one brain.
The most difficult thing for most people who have been in a long-term relationship is to believe that you are still intriguing to your partner. After 30 years the truth is your partner has heard all your stories from your past before them, and they know your story for the last 30 years with them. Trying to remain interesting, and a little mysterious is a pretty big challenge. I think one of the most important things to avoid is the phrase “you always do that.” Complacency is also a problem. It’s a great feeling to be comfortable with each other, but not so much that you forget the feeling of experiencing something new.
In our case when I feel like I’m becoming a bit of a bore I will take on something new just for myself. I will also try to find something new to do together. I know it’s a lot harder to do than it is to say. Life’s daily demands can drain the life force right out of you. It’s not always something huge that I choose, sometimes its just something like a project around the house that we can do together. It’s a chance to reconnect, and brainstorm together. Some really great conversations have come about that way.
Sure we have our work to discuss, but when I make the effort to try something new on my own it gives me something new to talk about. Even if it’s not necessarily something he would be interested in doing I can see that he appreciates my excitement over trying something new. My husband loves camping, and riding his dirt bikes. I’d rather sleep in an air-conditioned luxury bed, or roam around a museum. So twice a year we both take a few days to go do our individual thing, then when we return it gives us a chance to connect over some new experiences.
Then again there are the rituals that should not be revised like waking up together early on Saturday mornings to have breakfast, and watch a movie together. I love early mornings, coffee, and independent movies. My husband endures all sorts of genres because he knows nothing makes me laugh harder than his narration of a story line he finds to be completely unbelievable. Knowing that he loves to hear me laugh is so sexy.
In those moments when you find yourself short on words there is always touch. Just reaching over to hold his hand, or rub his neck or back. I think we underestimate to power of touch, how it reminds someone that you are thinking of them, that you want to be close to them. Even after all these years I still like to run my foot up his leg under the dinner table to remind him that even in a crowd its still just us.
Good luck has nothing to do with keeping your long-term relationships,or your Tamagotchi pets alive. 😉