LESSONS Loved

CLEO (Malaysia) - - EDITOR'S NOTE -

Will you be sin­gle this Valen­tine’s Day? It’ll be my first time, and hon­estly, I’m quite tick­led to go through the emo­tional stages – from “it’s a stupid Hall­mark hol­i­day” to “I’m go­ing to die alone.” I’ve signed up for Netf lix and stocked the fridge with red wine and a pint of Hokey Pokey, im­pa­tiently wait­ing on the day ...

It’s a lit­tle sur­real putting to­gether a Love & Sex is­sue from the other side – you’d think it would be an eye-roll fest, but the jour­ney has been eye-open­ing, in fact. We all know that love should be on your own terms, but this is much eas­ier said than done, es­pe­cially when you’re stuck be­tween the nag­ging pres­sure to walk down the aisle in a time when we’re em­brac­ing di­ver­sity and putting la­bels away.

This is­sue – whether you’re hap­pily sin­gle or to­gether – takes you off the pres­sure pot, and asks all the right ques­tions to put ‘you’ into per­spec­tive. Do you know what you want out of your (next) re­la­tion­ship (page 102)? How can you tell if you’re in love (page 140)? Are you even straight, and should that mat­ter to be­gin with (page 104)? There are tips, too, on how to take charge in be­tween the sheets – even when he’s on top (page 120) – but what you’ll come to find is that it all boils down to the fact that there is no Mr Right, and there are no hard fast rules. So turn the page and learn how to go with the f low – whether you’re ca­sual, com­mit­ted, or sim­ply chas­ing the Big ‘O’.

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