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Spring-Cleaning

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Ah, the merry month of May. Time for a spring poll and some very direct questioning. This could be your time to think through those musty, dusty doubts that piled up, one on top of the other, during winter's snowstorms. This could be the month that inspires self-examination. Remember that in those doubts, I'm with you all the way, helping midwife some very clear revelations without judgment. (I certainly cannot cast the first stone.) So in the interest of revealing you to yourself, take a dare and respond to these:

—Does love always lead to marriage? Should it?

—What do you look for in a partner? Has that changed since you became single?

—Would you — could you — fall in love with someone from another country?

For those who are dating someone:

—Do you and the person you're dating see the future in pretty much the same way — with similar goals?

—How will you feel when sex loses its initial excitement?

—How sure are you that this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with?

—How do you feel about living together for a short while to test your compatibility?

—Do you truly like this person, as well as love this person? (This one's incredibly important.)

—Is this person grounded, centered, solid?

Whew.

Never figured spring-cleaning would be this thorough.

Have a question for Susan? You can reach her directly at susan@single-file.com.

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Does love always lead to marriage? Should it?

Not for me. I have been married and divorced twice.
At this point in my life, I enjoy living alone. I have a FWB who says he feels the same.
It works for us because we are, first and foremost, friends.

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Posted by: knitwicca
Fri May 1, 2015 8:48 AM
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