With such a big emphasis placed on chemistry, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of comfortable. We end up dating and being in relationships with charismatic men who cause us to jump through hoops when we behave and act in ways that aren’t true to who we are.
Intense chemistry kept me from being my true self
When I think back to the intense chemistry I had with certain guys, there were high highs and low lows. Uncertainty, worry, and trying to please were central themes in all of those connections. And since I wasn’t comfortable being my true self, my self-expression was limited. Much of the time, I didn’t share my real thoughts and feelings, and wasn’t comfortable asking for what I really wanted.
At 29 years old, He showed up in my life with his dimpled cheeks, smooth-talking words, and adventurous ways. He was contagious! The crazy chemistry between us led me to sleep with him on our second date, dismiss obvious red flags, imagine we had a serious relationship when it was just a casual connection driven by off-the-charts chemistry.
During our brief time together, I felt excited, but never comfortable. And when things ended, the deep shame I felt around my behaviors and actions seeped in and sat with me for a long time.
If you’ve been swept away like I was, then you know how crazy chemistry with the wrong guy can make you to do things and act in ways that feel uncomfortable and unnatural. To keep yourself from being swept away into the abyss of off-the-charts chemistry that ends in shame, here’s what you can do…
Choose to be comfortable and let chemistry happen naturally
Set the pace by taking the time to get to know each other on multiple levels. When you slow things down, you’re better able to recognize if you’re acting and behaving in ways that aren’t true to who you are. By consciously knowing what you’re doing and how you’re being, you can intentionally practice being more of your real self by expressing your true thoughts, feelings, and desires.
When you’re on dates or in a relationship, notice how you’re feeling. If you feel relaxed and secure when you’re around him, if you’re speaking authentically, and if you’re interactions tend to flow with ease, those are good signs. When you’re being who you really are, you open up the space for him to be more of who is he. In that space is where you’ll both be connecting on the most genuine level — this means you’re both comfortable with each other.
If you’re especially attracted to a guy, you’ll want to be perceived a certain way so he’ll like you more. You’ll feel on edge and won’t be able to relax. You’ll tend to censor your words and do things that don’t leave you feeling good about yourself. In that situation, chemistry is overtaking you and you’ll be building a shaky foundation.
Chemistry still matters
It’s easy to be consumed by not having or having chemistry with a man you really like, which overshadows the importance of comfortable. While it’s better for comfortable to be a priority, you’ll still want there to be chemistry with your man since that’s what differentiates a romantic relationship from a friendship.
If you find yourself placing a lot of weight on chemistry or trying to force it, just relax and notice how comfortable you feel around him. If you feel like you can be your true self (i.e. you’re able to share your real thoughts and feelings, and he’s receptive and respects what you share), you have the makings of a solid foundation. And if chemistry is meant to be, it will happen.
The bottom line
Start making your way towards comfortable if you tend to focus on chemistry a lot. Making your way means getting to know yourself at a deeper level by embracing all of who you are, expressing your true thoughts, feelings, and desires, and not sacrificing your integrity and happiness for a man. With the right man, you’ll feel comfortable and have chemistry. What are your thoughts about being comfortable vs. having chemistry?