Love Improv #1

love improv #1

I love you.

No you don’t.

Yes I do.

No, you don’t.

Why? Why do you say that??

Because…

Because, WHY?

Because you don’t.

How would you know? Do you know what it’s like to be loved?

Yes, and you don’t love me.

Explain.

Well, if you REALLY loved me, wouldn’t you love yourself FIRST?

What does THAT mean?

It’s simple: Do you love yourself?

How am I supposed to answer that question?

Just answer.

Well, yeah. I love me some ME.

Sure.

Wait! Now you’re saying that I don’t love myself? How the hell would you know?

Simple. Just watch yourself.

Meaning?

Here’s what I see. You never go for what you want. For example, you could’ve asked for a raise or almost anything from work, and you don’t. Why?

…I don’t know. Doesn’t feel like it’s time.

Time?

Yeah. The timing isn’t right.

When will it be right?

When it feels right?

Don’t you think you deserve more? Don’t you think you need to grow as a person? Do you think you’re growing professionally?

What does this have to do with me loving YOU?

Everything.

How?

Because. If you’re unwilling to fight and be courageous for you, then to what extent are you willing to fight and be courageous for me?

Don’t you see? However you treat yourself is how you’ll treat me – maybe not NOW, but someday. You say you care about other people, but you don’t pay enough attention to your own needs.

You say you want ME to be my best physically, but YOU don’t even care for your own body. You eat just about anything and exercise a few times a month. Your health suffers, then you complain about how you FEEL lousy all the time.

You say you want me to learn and grow, but here you are playing video games after you get home from work. And when you’re NOT doing THAT, you’re too busy watching TV.

You say you’d love me to make more money where I work, but you won’t ask for what you deserve at your own job.

You say you’d love to live in a better place, but you spend all your money on clothes. How do you expect to move up in life if you can’t save ANYTHING?

The other day, that waitress dropped a few dishes on the floor and you laughed. Anybody who’s half aware could see she was embarrassed. How can you love me when you can’t feel empathy for others?

So, what are you saying? What do you want me to do?

It’s simple. Stop asking me what I want. What do YOU want?

Say what?

Look. The most important question you can ask in a relationship is, “What do I want?”

That seems backwards. But…wait a minute.

Just think about it. I’m going to head home. Can we meet tomorrow for dinner?

Wait a second. I want you to stay. That’s what I want. Soooo….what do you want?

I want to stay, too, but I have some work that I want to get finished.

Gotcha. It’s nice to know where we stand. This has me thinking about our conversation earlier about love.

Dinner tomorrow?

I’d love that.

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