If you really don’t want a relationship, you need to say that at the beginning, out loud, and face-to-face. Related: you cannot have sex with somebody to test the waters. That’s how people get hurt, and that part, unlike so much other hurt, is avoidable.
What you don’t have is freedom to release the movie or make money off of it. That’s not something you’re entitled to. Show me in the first amendment where it says that. It doesn’t.
Cultural differences in our modern and globalized world often don’t seem like that big a deal. Until of course they are.
By closing myself off from any possible attachment, I’m making myself incapable of finding love.
I could feel my low self-esteem digging its roots deeper and deeper into my psyche.