The Black Blogosphere was buzzing with the announcement that Regina King and Malcolm Jamal Warner had entered splitsville. Celebrity couples, break up all the time; so it is no big deal. What got my attention was the theme of the break-up. It was alleged that after a two-year relationship Malcolm admitted, "He wasn't feeling it anymore." It is no one's business, but if you were an 80's child like me, their pairing was cool for nostalgic reasons. Theo Huxtable and Brenda Jenkins caught up in a love thing. Rumors have a way of spreading their wings and soaring within the blog world. Via twitter Ms. King has responded, "You shouldn't believe everything you read."
Putting the rumor aside, it can be devastating when you invested your time and your heart into a relationship only to be told, "I'm not feeling you anymore." I had a friend that was engaged . I'll call her Sonia. Sonia and her fiance had been living together for four years. As the upcoming nuptials approached, she and I spent hours perusing bridal magazines, visiting reception halls, making arrangements, etc. "What we do for friends." I listened as she glowed about her future hubby and the life they would have together. Her heart soared with thoughts of their future . Why shouldn't she? Sonia had devoted four of her pretty years to this man. It was time to reap the benefits.
I am down playing it when I say she was destroyed when her man decided he wanted to move on because he wasn't "feeling their situation anymore". Sonia became withdrawn and swore off the opposite sex for quite some time. Every weekend found her held up in her apartment numbing the pain with junk food. With time she she came around and eventually did get married to someone else. But that bubbly spark of optimism had dimmed to a light flicker.
Prior to the split I myself questioned why he was not sitting down with her to plan their wedding. He would rather crash on the sofa nursing a beer than give her a moment of his time. She nervously chuckled that, "men don't have time for those things". To an outsider it appeared that he had emotionally checked out of that relationship. Was Sonia blindsided thinking that it was guaranteed they were headed for wedded bliss? The signs of discontent were there but she chose to bury her doubt deep. He could have informed her before she purchased a dress and made a deposit on the hall but like many men he dreaded the confrontation. So a woman must pay attention to the signs. Go with her gut instinct.
A woman does herself a disservice when she doesn't reevaluate the relationship she is in. Especially when she is aware that she is putting in much more than you she is receiving. A man's intentions should be clear. There is no need for second guessing. Either he has both feet in or he is out. The author Greg Behrendt said it best in "He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys":
related to his feelings for you”
Words to live by....