hello mr. – issue 04
Your friends will always be there for you, so don’t take a big stance about how important your friends are for the sake of making him feel like he’s second-tier. Don’t put your relationship on display. It’s only for the two of you. Also, don’t fuck other people. Also, don’t even kiss other people. Forgive him when he pisses you off. Trust him. Don’t plan on breaking up. But if none of this works out, don’t ever say mean things about him to other people. The world does not need to know how angry and disappointed you are. Years later, after you’ve dated and screwed and made new memories with other men, remember him fondly. Tell him you love him, even if it’s across time and space. Whisper, “I love you,” and let it travel backwards over the days and months that rose up like mountains between the two of you in another lifetime. And when you’re ready, write a list of the things you should have done differently. Go back to the start. Go back to where you first met him. Give your younger self a checklist of items that might lead to a future in which he is still yours. Because somewhere, you haven’t found him yet. But you will. You will find him again and again. Ryan Rogers is a 26-year-old Creative Director for a branding agency with offices in New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana. Impressed? If so, you can learn more about Ryan, his sexual failures, and his talking penis at ExboyfriendMaterial.com.