I’m gon swallow my pride, say I’m sorry. Stop pointing fingers; the blame is on me. I want a new life, and I want it with you. If you feel the same, don’t ever let it go…
That’s that good ol fashioned begging R&B. That I can’t eat, I can’t sleep shit. Wanya made up a whole spirit to get his queen back. We don’t even know what he did. But he sorry. (probably a break baby…then again Boys II Men are too lame to cheat, he probably just ignored her call and overreacted). Gen Xers lament that music don’t have this same level of vulnerability, today’s R&B is too passive aggressive, too prideful. Because well, millennials are passive aggressive and prideful. It’s not baby please take me back, it’s more like damn, I wanted to marry you one day. Welp. The vulnerability starts and ends at acknowledgement that they might not be good at this love shit. They aren’t going to DO anything about it, but at least they know now. I could include myself in that same vulner-ish category (I mean, well, it’s been well documented here). While millennials are flighty, we’re also lazy so that leads to a large number of couples breaking up, getting back together, breaking up again, getting a Tinder, remembering dating is trash, getting back together, moving in together, seeing their friends from college get married, wonder why they aren’t at that point yet, getting a puppy, one person really wants to get married, they getting another puppy instead, they break up and even though there’s two dogs, someone gets both. Perhaps this generation doesn’t beg because there’s too many options (or at least the appearance of such).
Personally, I’m admittedly too proud to beg, at least at this point in my life. I’d fight for my wife, I’d fight for my family, a girlfriend? Girlfriiiiiiiiend *Soulja Boy voice* It gets a little more dicey. Frankly, I just don’t believe it works. Even when it does, you never get the same person back, never get the same relationship back. Begging is easy when it’s a surface issue, like infidelity. You fucked up, you know exactly what you did wrong and how to fix it. Apologize and behave from this day forward. Problem. Solution. Now, it’s just an “up and down” in your relationship story. (and no one loves telling that story more than a man who cheated and got forgiven. He”s gonna bring it up in every birthday post, every anniversary, if you die first it’s going in the eulogy). Never mind whatever issues led up to the infidelity or even acknowledgment of the fact that you might not even be ready for this relationship you just lost because it’s now simply about the cheating.
When it get’s more difficult is when the issue isn’t something surface, but foundational. I’m not happy, I just can’t do this right now, how do you beg to be with someone who just feels like the timing isn’t right? (Spoiler: You don’t, they just don’t want you). It’s one thing to be left when you clearly violated the relationship, it’s another when they just don’t want the relationship anymore. Damn trying to get them back you’re still taken aback by the fact that they decided they didn’t want YOU anymore. It’s a different blow to the ego than I got caught cheating. Sure, you can just swallow your pride and accept all blame like Wanya, and now you’re in the same position as the cheater, fighting tirelessly to fix a relationship while the other person holds the leverage. And you didn’t even do anything wrong, you just don’t want to lose this person. Maybe they’re worth it.
I’ve had relationships end and deep down, I knew if I just called, begged, made a gesture, forgave things would work themselves out…Hell, there were times I did. It worked for a few more months, but over time I was still me, she still her and our issues still our issues. Or I found myself being the only one truly invested in keeping the relationship togehter. Then there was times where I just…let it go. You leave and the door locks behind you. Breaking up, making up and begging only prolongs the inevitable. Sometimes things have just run their course, or you want different things, or no matter how hard you try there’s too much baggage and the slate will never be clean. And that’s ok.