I listen to TedTalks on my commute every day and I listened to this one a couple days ago. If I gave a TedTalk, this would be it. It unexpectedly hit me so hard in the feels and is still resonating deeply enough in me that I feel compelled to share it with people close to me so they can try and understand me that little bit better.
As if he could not entertain the possibility that I simply did not want him. As if there must be some better reason standing in the way from me pursuing the gift that was him. He kept his charming smile locked onto his charming face, never breaking character, always having a smart line to banter my repeated rejections. He said I was just “prickly”, “guarded”, “controlling”, “getting off on saying ‘no’ ”, “challenging”.