Sometimes I think I’m funny. I promise, you’ll understand the title shortly.
In 2015, Aurooba and I are collaborating on a blogging project called 12 Topics. On the second Tuesday of every month, we’ll be writing a post about the same topic from our own perspectives + experiences. Basically, the topics are writing prompts/questions that we’ve come up with ahead of time.
We also went ahead a gave each prompt a more general category. On the fourth Tuesday of every month, our 12 Topics posts will be inspired by that category.
We won’t be sharing our posts with each other ahead of time. We want to make sure you truly get our own, separate perspectives (+ the surprise factor is so much more fun for us as well!)
Today’s prompt: ‘What is one trait of a successful relationship (of any kind)?‘
There are so about a million different types of relationships. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but there are so many.
Best friend. Parent. Sibling. Partner. Coworker. Service provider. Boss. Landlord.
Side thought: really, we still call the people we pay rent to our landlord? That’s one term I definitely use without thinking how old it is. I never put two and two together until now. Now all I’ll be able to think about is Game of Thrones. Or something (yes, I know Game of Thrones is not actually history). They never explicitly say landlord, I don’t think, but still. I will now forever be picturing Daenerys Targaryan every time I pay rent (because actually I have a landlady).
Ok back on track. There are a lot of types of relationships types out there, and the one trait I thought of that applied to every single one of them was trust.
Trust is a huge deal. Huge.
I couldn’t think of a better way to prove it to you than to go through every single relationship type I listed above. As you go through the list, imagine being in a relationship that didn’t have each of these things. Would you consider it to be a successful relationship?
– trust that they aren’t going to judge you for being yourself
– trust that they’ll be there when you need them most
– trust that they aren’t going to spill all the details when you pour your heart out to them
– trust that they’ll tell you the truth when you ask for it
– trust that you can say what you need to say without them reacting in a bad way (to a point – if you’ve done something to break their trust, you probably can’t expect this)
– trust that they’ll accept you no matter what
– trust that they’ll support you in your big life decisions
– trust that they’ll lead you in the right direction
– when you’re a tiny baby, trust that they’ll come back when they leave
– they trust you to make good decisions
– all the types of trust that happen when children start growing up and becoming more independent
This is pretty much a mix between the trust between best friends and the trust between parents and children, so I won’t repeat those point.
– trust that they’ll grow with you and support you
– trust that they won’t hurt you (either physically or mentally)
^ As long as you have that trust, I think a lot of the other forms of trust are already there, like trust they won’t cheat on you, trust they aren’t lying to you etc
And I won’t even get into the amount of trust required if you have kids.
– trust that they’ll do the work they say they will
– trust that they’ll respect your ideas
– trust that they’ll do what they promised
– trust that they aren’t trying to trick you
– trust that they’ll abide by any agreement you made
– they trust you to do the work to the best of your ability
– they trust that they can leave you alone with important things
– trust that they care at least a little bit about your wellbeing
– trust that they will abide by the agreement (as in, not entering your living space when they aren’t supposed to, fixing things when it’s their responsibility to fix them, etc)
Okay seriously, you get the idea. I believe I’ve done my job of showing you a bunch of ways trust is important for any relationship, and then some. And in doing so, I’ve written ‘trust that they’ far too many times for my own liking.
Maybe it’s that trust is a sign of a good relationship. It’s not really that trust makes a relationship better (because it’s pretty difficult to decide to just trust someone out of nowhere – it’s one of those side-effect feelings), it’s that trust just happens in a good relationship.
So trust isn’t something you can do to make your relationship better. In fact, trusting someone in your life who shouldn’t be trusted will probably end up hurting you even more. So my advice, if your relationship isn’t going well for some reason, would not be to blindly start trusting someone.
Trust comes from past experiences.
So if you’re in to evaluating your relationships (for some reason or another), consider if you trust the other person.
Did you ever do the trust fall game with anyone growing up? You know, the one where you close your eyes and fall backwards, trusting the person standing behind you to catch you before you hit the ground?
I went with trust because I was thinking about something fundamental to all relationships. Something that could be applied to anything and, without it, the relationship would not be considered successful.
I’ve since realized, in conversations with a few people, that a lot of traits are fundamental to a successful relationship. Communication, for one, is one of those things. What I did notice, however, is that most of the other traits are controllable. You can learn to communicate more. You can work at being honest. But what you cannot and should not do is blindly trust, or force yourself to trust against your gut feeling. I think this places trust on a different level than other traits.
Don’t forget to check out Aurooba’s 12 Topics post as well & read about one trait she considers important in a successful relationship :)