Today, I want to share
with you what I think is the biggest reason
that good relationships turn bad and I’m doing this
because I want to help you
because I get a lot of messages
and I’ve experienced this myself
of the pain when you are in a relationship and it is struggling.
Or sometimes, even worse, when you just end a relationship
that you wish hadn’t ended.
And it can be very devastating.
And so I want to share
what I’ve sort of seen and learned in order to help you
if you‘re in a relationship and perhaps navigate down a different path.
And if you’re not in a relationship,
in your next one, hopefully,
you can get it started on the right foot
because what I’m sharing with you I see
as the underlying reason that relationships go bad is,
yes, there’s distrust, there’s resentment,
and all that stuff builds up
but I think it comes from a soil —
the wellspring — of what I’m gonna be sharing with you in this video.
And to do that, I want to start with an unrelated story;
at least, it’s seemingly unrelated.
It is about a computer.
I was living in Las Vegas at the time
and my brother had this old MacBook
and it was ridiculous
because when you opened it,
the hinges were so messed up
that the screen would just fall flat
unless it was at a 90-degree angle or otherwise supported.
The speaker’s didn’t work and so
you had to put your headphone jack in
but most time, the headphone jack didn’t work
so you had to jiggle it around, it get to work
it would turn off…
it was only two and a half years old
hadn’t had anything horrible happen to it.
So this computer exists in my brother’s life;
it’s hilarious because we’re watching
him struggle with it every day and at one point,
my other roommate says,
“嗨 各位 我在考虑买一台新电脑
“Hey guys, I’m thinking of getting a new computer.
What kind should I get? Should I get a Mac or PC?”
And before anyone could say anything,
my brother chimed in and he said,
“兄弟 你得买苹果电脑 它们果然最棒”
“Dude, you gotta get a Mac. They just work.”
And I remember my jaw just hitting the floor
because I’m going, “What are you talking about?”
And then it dawned on me;
my brother, like me, had been watching television
and for months, I don’t know if you remember,
there were these commercials that were Mac VS PC.
And one of the common refrains
in those commercials and in Steve Jobs’ keynotes
which were everywhere was that “Macs just work.”
And so I looked at him and I said,
”Henry, are you sure this is what you mean
because your computer clearly doesn’t every single day,”
and we all laughed about it
but that left a lasting impression
on me because I realized in that moment that
direct experience of our lives is often overshadowed by marketing.
Apple is the biggest or was the biggest company
in the world — I don’t know if they are today —
but certainly, they’re marketing budget is enough to completely transform
my brother’s day-to-day experience so how else might that be affecting me?
而我承认了“好的 好吧 苹果是最大的公司”
And so I said, “Okay, well, Apple is the biggest company.
What are the things that we market to each other?”
旅游回来的人说“哦 天啊 我经历了这次旅行”
And one of the first ones that came back was, “Oh, my gosh. I’ve experienced this travel.”
If you’ve opened up your Instagram recently,
you’ve probably seen beautiful travel photos, travel goals,
and these amazing places.
Now, I’ve been very, very fortunate —
I got to study abroad, I have had an opportunity
to travel in many places and I’m so grateful for it —
but one of the things that I’ve seen
is that travel does not look like those photos.
And in fact, when most people travel,
they spend a lot of the time miserable
because they’re waiting in line,
they’re at a train station and their train is gone
and they don’t speak the language and
they don’t know where they’re going,
the food makes them sick and they’re puking,
they hate the locals because
they’re don’t fit in with their culture,
and they just have a hard time of it.
And what I also notice is I’ll meet these people,
maybe connect with them briefly,
find them later, talk to them about their experience,
and I’ll get a completely whitewashed version
about the amazing things that they saw.
And I’m going, “Wait a second, I was with you.
I’ve watched you be actually miserable.”
And so I realized that at least with travel
in many ways, though it can be fantastic
and I’m not saying you shouldn’t travel,
there’s a cultural mythology that a lot of people contribute that says,
“如果你去旅行 就会遇到不可思议的景色 你的时间和你的钱完全没有白花”
“If you travel, it will be amazing and it’s absolutely worth your time and your money,”
and so we buy into that and people unfortunately are,
I think, hurt by this.
But that was just the tip of the iceberg;
as I thought deeper, I realized that
there was something beyond travel that is in every song,
it’s in all the movies,
and it’s in all the movies especially
that he watched as a kid that are from Disney
that permeates the way that we communicate —
friends say it to one another,
你从姑姑 叔叔 妈妈 爸爸嘴里听到
you’ve heard it from your aunt’s, your uncle’s, your mom, your dad —
it’s perhaps the most marketed idea that I’ve seen in America today.
And it’s this idea
that a romantic relationship is the inescapable key to happiness —
that if you are not romantically involved
with your better half and
with the person that completes you,
you can not be happy or at least if you are,
it’s fake and it’s going to be short-lived.
And conversely, if you are involved
with the right person then happiness is pretty much a guarantee —
当然啦 也会有一些麻烦和一些个例 但是真正的情况是
sure, there’s going to be some trouble and some work but really,
the movie ends at happily ever after.
And the songs end when things
are good and even the break-up songs
“好吧 可惜不是你 但是你知道吗
have this mentality in them that, “Okay, it wasn’t you but guess what?
Now this next person is going to appreciate
me and things are so much better now.”
The point of all of this is that someone
that you are going to meet is going to
come into your life and dramatically make things better;
that is the most offered cultural thing that I’ve ever heard in my entire life
and if you live in America I think this is probably true for you.
It’s so pervasive that it’s like water.
Now, the second question that I had was —
does this match my direct experience?
With the MacBook — same thing,
I want to not just check what’s the marketing
but I want to see, “Is this the way the computer works?”
And I don’t know if this matches your experience but mine
is that relationships are not exactly that.
And I don’t want to quote any statistics
because I don’t know them but certainly,
there’s quite a bit of divorce; you probably know some people.
Maybe you or a friend has been
in a relationship that seems like it should have ended
far earlier but they stuck it out,
they tried to make it work against all odds,
all of their friends saw that was crumbling,
and maybe they lost friendships,
moved cities, sacrificed in other ways to try to, “Please get this relationship to work,”
and then it fell apart in the end.
I think that comes from this mindset that, “This is the most important thing.
Everything else, we can forget about because
if we can make this work happiness is assured.”
And I am not saying this to say
that relationships can’t be amazing —
I personally have been dramatically impacted; I’ve had some hard times,
我才能度过一些艰难时光 一些美妙的时刻 得到一种巨大的成长
some wonderful times and a tremendous amount of growth from my romantic relationships.
But what I’m saying is
that when we lean as human beings on anything
more than it can stand,
we’re going to wind up on the floor.
The analogy that I think of is just kind
of like leaning on a table.
Think of money for instance;
if you use money in a healthy way, it’s amazing.
It can pay for you to live,
it can pay for you to live in a nice place, to eat food,
and to treat your friends and family to wonderful experiences.
And if that’s your relationship with money,
money is a positive thing in your life;
你有10亿 100万 还是10万或者更少都没关系
it doesn’t matter if you have a billion or a million or a hundred thousand or less;
if that’s your relationship with money, that’s a good relationship
and sure, you might need a little bit more
but it’s not this awful thing in your life —
you have other things because you’re not valuing money beyond what you can.
You might say that you’re leaning on money in an appropriate way.
But if you’re someone that thinks that once they get 10 million dollars,
they will be superior,
that they will have proven it — and this is often subconscious —
to their dad or their mom or
that person who didn’t like them in high school
that they are really worthwhile,
they’re going to lean very heavily on money.
And eventually, they will get
it usually and it will crumble beneath them
他们会说“哦天啊，根本没用 我没觉得高人一等 我并不感觉更好
and they’ll go, “Oh, my god. This didn’t work. I don’t feel superior. I don’t feel better.
I still feel unworthy,”
and that’s because they expected out of money something
that money couldn’t give them; they expected a feeling of worthiness.
Take the same analogy with relationships.
If you have perhaps a more healthy sense of relationships,
you feel like a complete human being.
You are capable of functioning through your life
and you don’t have to have someone
else and I know that this is probably
a bit of a contentious idea —
that you could go your entire life
and not have a life partner
that was romantically involved with you
and still have a thrilling complete fulfilled life;
but that is how I have come to believe.
And whether or not you believe that,
the idea that you might lean a little bit
too heavily on your relationship and
expect some other flawed human being
to enter your life and then
make things dramatically better than they were before —
to make you a better person and to
be your everything — in my opinion,
that is leaning on the relationship way too much.
You are expecting things out of it that it can not give you in what could have been
a wonderful relationship between two human beings that were complete,
that spend time together,
and help each other grow and had amazing experiences
become something that leaves you flat on the floor
because you leaned on it too heavily.
And I believe the problem is
that our society conditions us all to expect this other person
to come in and transform our lives for the better.
Meanwhile, they have the same idea and so we come
in for a period of time,
we can be both sort of feel, we can be infatuated
and pretend that’s going to be happen that we can be everything for them
and they can be everything for us
but — and I think that the data shows this —
if you look at your own life,
that doesn’t tend to last forever.
So what I would like to encourage you
to do is not to take my word for it
and it’s not to listen to my marketing,
it’s to reflect on your own experiences
and to look to your own relationships and look to the relationships around you.
If you have a completely different view of things based
on your life, then throw this out.
But ask yourself the following questions —
what do I expect out of a romantic relationship?
It’s worth asking.
有一个男朋友 或女朋友 或丈夫 或妻子的想法
How much time and energy compared to other things
does the idea of having a boyfriend or
a girlfriend or a husband or a wife get for me?
When I’m in relationships, do I say things like,
“You’re my everything. I don’t know what I’d do without you.
Life without you wouldn’t be worth it,”
and are you expecting this other individual to completely be your reason for living?
And if you’ve been in a relationship
for a short period of time whether it’s a few months
or maybe just one or two years,
do you have a belief that this is going to last forever?
Are you confident in that?
And if you are,
have you considered that that statistically is unlikely to be the case?
And if you have deviated from the statistical norm,
ask yourself, “What reasoning do I have for this?”
Are there good valid reasons that other people would find, “Yeah, that makes sense.
You guys really do have a chance
of having a long lasting and happy relationship,”
or do you feel like everybody else does who has bought
into this idea that this other person
must complete them and therefore they have to make it work?
Just some questions for you to ponder
and when I make this video,
I always try to have an action guide.
This one doesn’t have a clear but
step one would be this — self-reflect.
Ask yourself what relationships have meant to you.
Pay attention to the songs that you listen to.
Reflect on the things that you’ve said
while you were in relationships or to your friends
about relationships and what they mean and you
might even just want a freewrite on this.
The second thing I’d recommend
is really being honest not just in your self-reflections
but if you have someone that you are dating, with them too.
不管是否现实 请分享一些诚实的 未过滤的想法
Share what you’re honest unfiltered perhaps
childlike expectations are of this relationship whether they’re realistic or not.
It’s worth just saying, “I didn’t necessarily know this about myself but I realize
that I’ve been expecting you to make me happy always no matter what.
And I don’t have a solution to that but I wanted to tell you.
I’ve probably been putting a lot of pressure on you.”
Be honest and reflect on the degree of honesty
that you’re capable of having.
If you’re in a relationship and that sort of honesty makes you feel queasy,
just sit with that.
And the final thing which I believe is
你想要一段健康 长期 快乐的感情
the solution to this is the way that you
can have healthy long lasting happy relationships is to first —
or if you’re in a relationship, start now —
develop a sense of self-love.
The myth that someone can come make us happy, which is so powerful,
because we start from a place of feeling a deep black
that wouldn’t be something that
was at all able to be sold to you if you didn’t feel
like you were incomplete to start with.
And my contention and what I’ve
heard many people who have travelled similar
paths before me and many famous
people who have gone down this road
have seemingly experienced everything —
我有爱情 受人仰慕 还不差钱
I’ve had the love, the adoration and the money.
And they seem to come back to the sense
that there is nothing outside of yourself
that can bring lasting fulfillment and if you expect it to,
you’re going to be depressed
and sometimes unfortunately, if you look around
in the news today, taking your own life.
你有多少钱 多少粉丝 多少人爱你
It doesn’t matter how much money you
have or fans or how many people love you.
So get back to self-love and
if you don’t know where to start,
I’m going to put a playlist in this video;
this is a topic that I’ve talked about.
I tend to like the idea
of tables and chairs and supporting them
for this metaphor so you’re gonna hear that again
but I’m gonna put a link to videos on self-love.
I believe that the solution to this —
to feeling like half a person
and expecting someone else to come in and complete you
相反 你要知道自己是个完全 完整的人
is to instead realize recognize and
并认识 承认 支持此理念
support the notion that you are full
and complete and capable of living a wonderful happy life by yourself.
And that someone else who is full and complete could walk
that path with you and that could be amazing.
So that is it for this video.
If you want to see more on self-love,
go ahead and click the link; I’ll put it up here or put it in the description.
Let me know what you think;
I know this is somewhat controversial
and somewhat not but I’d be really curious
for the people that are in relationships
that think it’s their everything, what they think;
let me know in the comments.
And of course, I hope you enjoyed this video.
I’ll see you in the next one.