I Was Just Like You

I was repeatedly hurt in relationships.

Ever since I was young, I worked really hard.

I performed well in school because I was smart.

I learned to put the needs of others before my own.

Friends and acquaintances often told me that I was one of the nicest people they knew.

But when it came to my romantic relationships, they were painful and unfulfilling.

I married at 22 years old, and it ended in divorce. She left for another man and I was heartbroken.

I married again at 28. Inside the marriage, I felt extremely lonely, unwanted, and unloved. It ended in my second divorce.

No matter how much I tried...

No matter how much I cared and prioritized the marriage...

No matter how much I learned about love languages or effective communication...

I could not figure it out.

What was I missing?