I know that we are busy trying to raise our family, excel in our careers and keep our heads above water. But, I can't do this without you. We can't do this without one another. Please, look at me and notice my hurt. Please stop what you are doing, turn off the tv and put down your phone -- then sit with me and let me release.
I'm approaching 30, and I've been dating him for over half a decade. We've lived in four cities together, and we share our home, our creative work and our dreams with each other. He's the one, and I plan to marry him. But not today. And even after all the progress we've made in the name of women's independence, I'm still shamed for it.