I suddenly remembered the entire experience and how terribly sad we were to leave each other. Hi Randi, I know that i just made this comment about ten days ago. I vowed to never let a man come into my life again because I had been so badly hurt by both my first, and every man after that. Some things are just meant to be. Here is some information that has emerged from my many years of rekindled romance data collection, surveying participants 18 to 95 years old in 42 countries. Added to that is the wisdome of a much more mature person in each other. It is always beautiful. True Love never ends. However, I would really advise you to take each step with a pinch of salt as both of you are now no longer starry-eyed teenagers who view the world through rose-tinted glasses. That is why dating was so very difficult for me, since i really would've committed to just the one which i really would've been very happy. Dr. Randi’s free advice e-newsletter, Heroic Love, shows you how to avoid the common pitfalls that keep people from finding and keeping romantic love. Because of this, your business with them will always seem unfinished. To be successful, the partners within them must continue to learn and grow together, while simultaneously meeting life’s challenges. It’s been two years since we found each other again. “Christine?” We both just stopped, struck by the intensity of the bond that neither of us had really thought about. She was a delightful correspondent and we got our families together when we could. It was the best 2 weeks of my life though. For people between relationships, their searching may be driven by nostalgia, haunting feelings that they left a past relationship prematurely, or being reminded of a past love. Of course, not all rekindled loves turn out that way. My questions are, by the necessity of time, rhetorical, but will hopefully serve the dual purpose of helping you to feel heard while opening up some thinking that might help. I've written over 190 articles for Psychology Today Internet Blogs over the past several years. As this is a matter of two hearts and heart is purest part of body. The second we saw each other we fell to pieces and into each others arms. I wish you both the best! It's amazing to know that my heart still pounds when I hear his voice and how much I still care about him. Then his eyes caught mine. But my heart never stopped burning for him. Catherine, a New York film editor told us, “My ex and I got back together after two years apart, but it was really just because we were both lonely. Not one bit. People no longer value things like loyalty and honor, let alone love. I wonder how that went for you. 7. They says absence makes the heart ponder. Women my age back then just wanted to be with different men all the time unfortunately, and never wanted to be with the same man all the time either. Her parents always told her she was crazy. And i really was the exception to the rule since i just wanted that one woman to be with all the time, instead of dating all the time. “I’d been struggling with Geri for a long time. On visits, we partied together and had many deep talks, often winding up sleeping together. There was a time In history where women were taking back their sexual power and then a time more recently when hooking up was what both genders wanted, and now more traditional bonding, even if sequential, seems to be desired again by both sexes. Not because someone must experience other relationships in order to greedily conclude, "this is the best person, so I want them". For some women, it’s still the love that means the most and nothing else compares. You sound like someone who could still treasure that way. --I think that young women do want to make sure the person they settle down with is the right one, and that may take some exploration, but I have found them looking for exactly what you are talking about. I got married to a man who I now know I was trying to replace my first love with. Were you? What if some professional thought so, too? I also hope the both of you have enough in common and pasts that you both can live with. I burried my feelings for Mike (first love) for 17 years and pretended I didnt care any more. Many serious women that they met in those days that really wanted a relationship at that time, and today it is even worse since many women just want to go with different men all the time instead of just staying with only one man. What if fate is somehow intervening, and by some miraculous chance, that old lover might be feeling the same way? --Some people did, and are still together. Sure, she’d aged and gained a few pounds, but that incredible face and those beautiful eyes. I asked her to go to my reunion with me but she said she couldn’t handle the people staring at her. You could end up cheating your husband. Now at my age finding love isn't easy at all, and even at my age of 66 it is very difficult meeting a good woman all over again. So, do you think it's possible for love to last 20 years between 2 people who haven't had any contact? Keep us posted! I ended up putting our baby up for open adoption and trying the best I could to get over him and move on with my life. Love was very real back in the old days, and i really miss those days since i dated a lot of women at that time. How wonderful for both of you. Is it even possible to feel madly in love with someone after 5, 10, 20 years together? Try to gain a clear perspective on the situation. And that’s OK. Life can be stressful sometimes and you’d have to be superhuman to not let the ups and downs create doubt in your mind about whether the two of you still have it going on. The first girl I met in college became a kind of quasi-romance; we had great sympathy for each other and a strong attraction and became occasional lovers. I sat in my car for a long time outside the restaurant that was hosting the reunion. We didn’t think we had a choice. --I agree. I wish love wasn't dying in our world, but I'm afraid it slowly is. No matter for how much years we are apart. I know it took a long time to write. Both of you have changed beyond recognition (both physically & mentally) and it would be best to greet each other with open minds and not with pre-conceived notions. Was it their ages? Perhaps some others will be helpful. "The third, and perhaps the What’s the Best Way to Handle a Know-It-All? They begin to wonder and question whether they left that relationship for the wrong reasons. They begin to feel that the cost of their relationship starts to outweigh the benefits and what drew them to it in the first place. 3 weeks after he left, I found out I was pregnant with his baby. I don't think people should be encouraged to play the field. I didn’t lie. I truly respected and treasured him and didn’t think there was anyone out there any better. Way too often, disappointments and disillusions can turn people into love cynics. The most important reason that the relationship might work is because after years apart, their heart is still calling them back to that one person. Are you? When that happens, you have to learn to be very direct about who you are and what you want and can give. Blame western media, I guess. Getting back with an ex after years apart starts with your attitude and outlook In most cases it is possible to get back with an ex when you have a positive attitude and outlook. My ex boyfriend from when I was 15 years old called me today. I was happy for you because it seems you love him still, and you still care about him. We think alike and get along so well as we always did. Thanks for the post. Rekindled relationships are no more likely to be magically successful, but they do have a few things going for them. Yet, loving guardedly and fearfully is never the answer. Get the help you need from a therapist near you–a FREE service from Psychology Today. I had no way of contacting him and his family were horrid, and did not believe the baby was even his so they refused to help. It had been 14 years since we parted. "The third, and perhaps the most important, is that they’ve now compared what they had to other relationships, and appreciate another chance to do it right.". Discouraged by their present relationship, they begin to wonder whether they can find what they have lost by going back to old loves. It was what our families expected of us, and we went along with their decision. I had been married myself at one time and was very happy, until she cheated on me. Maybe they should have tried harder to overcome their disappointments and complaints. She must be a quality soul, confident in her own worth. I knew we had both changed physically and that it would be different for both of us. It’s perfectly possible to feel deep love for another person even after two decades of separation and in today’s world such emotions and commitments are becoming rare indeed. --Did our wife know during the time you were with her? Love was very real back in the old days, and i really miss those days since i dated a lot of women at that time. I normally wouldn’t have done anything to hurt her in any way, but I think I felt pushed away just one time too many. But many do. only regret is that we didn't have children together. My aunt and uncle were married for 68 years before he passed away, and you can see how certain women in those days were very committed to their men when they first met. I pushed her to share what the real problem was and she finally told me that she felt she might be jealous of anyone who showed interest in me and ruin the night. Its unexplainable. Please feel free to go to my website and hit the icon for PT. And then that voice, still gentle and soft. -- Is It Time to Track Down the One Who Got Away. Just as many people reunited after 10 years apart (which could still be in their twenties) as 40 years apart. Speaking Of Old Love I am so happy for you! Some of the remarkable stories I’ve heard are even more magical. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” becomes “Nothing ventured, nothing lost.” The past begins to determine the future as they become more concerned about being hurt again than they are in the genuine potential of transformation. I guess we only think that other people age, and it had been 20 years. He said he regretted every day walking out on me and that he had never stopped loving me. I stayed alone and lived for my kids. It has no ending time. On visits, we partied together and had many deep talks, often winding up sleeping together. It has now been a year and we are blissfully happy, both in communication, strong mutual interests, and wild, hot sex. That is why many of my family members were just very lucky and blessed when they met their loved ones, and the women that they met back then stayed with them as well. I do think you were close. After 20 years of being apart amd living separate lives he still loves me like he did back then. Now at my age finding love isn't easy at all, and even at my age of 66 it is very difficult meeting a good woman all over again. I think there were fewer haystacks, and much more clearly defined ways to meet people, usually through others who knew you both and had some reasonable expectation that the relationship might work. 6. Psychology Today © 2021 Sussex Publishers, LLC, The Continuing Stigma Around Medical Marijuana Use, Wolves Demonstrate Self-Awareness in Sniff Test, How Baby Boomers Maintain Their Sex Lives, Working Like a Machine? --Not sure what times you are talking about. By that time, we had fallen out of touch - she had broken off contact because she had heard I was no longer faithful to my wife, who had turned away from me years before as the marriage stagnated. I still love the same girl that I've always loved. Myth #4. --Did you make that clear to them up front? It was the best desicion i have ever made. --Thank you so much for sharing. I know she didn’t mean it, but she was always telling me that I’d leave some day, sort of wanting me to talk her out of it. Speaking of old love, it certainly was so much easier finding love back then compared to today which now it is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I watched, stunned by the feelings that washed over me. Your love with each other could be so strong. The next morning she said she’d changed her mind, that she didn’t have a right to stop me from having a good time. this sounds like straight from some fairytale romance and I wish it would have the same ending. We had a long-distance affair for 2 years, then I left my wife and moved in with her. No, You Were Not Happier Way Back When. If you're going to tell someone that you still love them, you should be certain that you do, indeed, still love them. It is possible and goodluck. I said I wouldn’t go, that her distress was more important. Loving "full out" is always filled with the possibility of heartbreak. I was sitting outside a restaurant I’d known my whole life, having a cherry Coke. And I believe that sometimes there are cases where the love is just hiding from the deep side of our heart. This made you so angry and so sad and you tried just so damn hard and everyone knew it but it didn’t work. That is why many of my family members were just very lucky and blessed when they met their loved ones, and the women that they met back then stayed with them as well. If you still feel that way by just talking to him, I think that it is very possible. Monroe, Dylan, Beatles, and many more. This is the first story i've heard about being away for a long time yet still in love with each other. i think it is very possible. Take your time get to know him all over again and follow your heart. It has now been a year and we are blissfully happy, both in communication, strong mutual interests, and wild, hot sex. Randi Gunther, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and marriage counselor practicing in Southern California. In general, the dynamics between women and men is getting fucked up to the point where they are no longer the perfect strong team that they once were. Even if you do 15 or more, that population is still tiny, and you can simply be very bad at picking partners to top that off. We also had a daughter. "Where’ve you been?” I felt like my heart literally stopped beating. I have never been this happy in all my life. The feeling was instantly familiar, but I couldn’t even tell why. I didn’t recognize most of the people there. Well for all of you who responded..... We took an awesome trip all over the west part of the US. I have never loved another or felt so loved by another person. So far, so good. You keep in touch on social media. It was great fun, but I longed for more than a kind of oasis of intimacy and friendship. I felt like we’d never been apart, like I was experiencing some kind of amazing time warp that had taken us away from each other and now dropped us back where we always belonged. “I think when you have an extraordinarily close relationship very young, you bond in a way you never can with someone you meet later in life.” They say you never forget your first love. When we love someone by heart and he/she too in same intensity, this love relationship remains for ever. It is how intimate partners, who gave up on their relationship in the past, rekindle their love again later in life. In general, the dynamics between women and men is getting fucked up to the point where they are no longer the perfect strong team that they once were. We had a long-distance affair for 2 years, then I left my wife and moved in with her. I finally got the nerve to go in. Where are you in that process? A new theory aims to make sense of it all. I say, GO FOR IT, you will not regret. They must find that important balance between security and challenge, and support each other’s need to keep their love of life within the relationship. --Only if relationships do not transform you. Having observed many of these rekindled relationships, I have learned that the past just doesn’t ever determine what options may lay ahead for partners who have left a past relationship behind. Everything will work out just fine. Oh yes i agree =). If you’ve been dumped by someone you still love or even if you’ve parted ways mutually, the relationship status changes overnight, but your feelings for your ex won’t be able to keep pace with it. The first is that they don’t have to start over. It's amazing. So did our men. If anything, we have grown into this Was she surprised at the parting, or at the person you chose to be with? Over time, I gave up pretty much everything to make her happy, but she just couldn’t get there. I'll answer within your text. We are more in love now that we were 20 years ago. 4. Other members of my family lucked out as well, and you can see how very different women were in those days compared to today. I don't think people should be encouraged to play the field. Thank you so much for your insightful and compelling story. They value sex, and it it is because people are encouraged to play the field. I pushed her so many times to get professionals involved, but she always found a reason not to go. I have no once stopped smiling since we started talking and my cheeks hurt. blessed be. We are so much alike its scarey and our lives have oddly mirrored each others, almost like seperated twins. By that time, we had fallen out of touch - she had broken off contact because she had heard I was no longer faithful to my wife, who had turned away from me years before as the marriage stagnated. Give us updates of what will happen ok. Wow, i hope for loves' sake this works out! I've written over 190 articles for Psychology Today online over the past few years. Become one of them. Many serious women that they met in those days that really wanted a relationship at that time, and today it is even worse since many women just want to go with different men all the time instead of just staying with only one man. My aunt and uncle were married for 68 years before he passed away, and you can see how certain women in those days were very committed to their men when they first met. I've been writing articles for Psychology Today Internet Blogs now for the past few years, over 160 to date. But with so many women that i dated, not even one at that time wanted a serious relationship with me. Many of the people who return to old relationships are not just looking for a lost love. What Are the Main Values of a Narcissist? We never established a full relationship, but remained friends after we married other people and, faithful to our spouses, had many good years and kids. --We also had a different view of what commitment was. I'm considering a divorce. wow, i wish you all the best and i really hope you can make it work. It must be your destiny and the half of your heart. I have never loved anyone like I love him. Any other people I met became automatic enemies, even totally legitimate connections. If you go to my website and hit the icon for PT, you can find them all there by title. The good thing is the feeling is mutual - you said ur heart still pounds and you still care for him - that's so cute. A love that's honest, deep, passionate, and obviously mutual :P I also think it happens quick. Yet, I’d been spending a lot of time daydreaming about nothing so I must have known that I wasn’t really happy. If you Love something set it free if it come back then it was meant to be. The people who are doing the searching are sometimes currently in established relationships. When someone comes into your life who allows you the opportunity to experience love, that is always a true gift. I think I froze, scared to turn around. However, most "rekindlers" (as experts call them) are folks who get together after decades apart. I do think you were close. Now, with more time to evaluate, they realize how much they valued that relationship and realized they might have prematurely bolted. Know it is OK to still love them. Time can bring about a change. We have had no contact all this time, and yet we have been on the phone for 6 hours since the first time he called me. some people even being not together will love someone for the rest of their lives expecially if it was true love. Please feel free to browse. You, too. Their love will make everything possible =). give up. I also wish you to write and publish your own love story after 30 years of marriage. Yeah, it was as if the sun just came out after a very long winter. Look for a woman who has been happily married and will always love her husband, even if he is gone or they are no longer together. Please be careful, after such a gap i would be very suprised if you are both not very different people to who you were at 15 years old. You didn't go for help when it began to deteriorate? Why and how did they fall out of love anyway? The most important reason that the relationship might work is because after years apart, their heart is still calling them back to that one person. The second reason is they're all over their new partner all of the time not just when you're around because they're really into them. Clarify why you are telling this person that you still love them, and try to imagine how he or she will react. The first girl I met in college became a kind of quasi-romance; we had great sympathy for each other and a strong attraction and became occasional lovers. We went to bed, I thought, resolved. Twenty years is not that long time for love to fade. People no longer value things like loyalty and honor, let alone love. Love is dying in today's world, and it's because people no longer respect it. i must say it can be true, but for me, i think he loves you and the feeling just went back when he remembers you. We have been talking about everything. Fact #1: A lost love … Not because I want to encourage money-grabbing but if it is unjust, this could come back to haunt you. I'm a person who can grow to love someone, so when my husband and I were at "I love you" so quickly (6 years ago) I actually trusted myself and US so much more, as crazy as that might sound. He was very much in love and carried a torch for her all those years. I hope that this time it will already be for good, I mean no more separation between the two of you. Not mine. Eventually, that leads you right back to the person who you trusted with your heart. 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