"You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce."
I realized that I had fallen into the trap of thinking there were certain "rules" of dating that I needed to follow.
Because sometimes sharing the story helps... and names have been changed, because I'm not a monster.
At that moment, I was truly overcome with gratitude. On my couch. Watching a montage of cheerleaders doing high kicks.