It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing now. Today, we hear from “Love or Security” a woman in her late 20s who was dating a screenwriter with an inconsistent work schedule and unstable finances. She was happy with him, but she was worried about some comments her father made: “[He] mapped out how much money I would be missing out on if I chose to stay with my boyfriend. He also spoke about retirement (for me) and how difficult it would be for me to live comfortably given my boyfriend’s situation. He brought up good points about how money can build resentment and cause fights between a couple.” She wondered if she should MOA or stay with her boyfriend and risk financial instability in her future. Keep reading to see what she chose.
I want to say first of all that your reply and everyone else’s comments were very helpful and comforting. It was good to know that there were other women caught in the same scenario. I didn’t feel judged, and people gave me the benefit of the doubt and provided realistic suggestions.
So my update is that after I sent the original post to you, I actually broke up with my boyfriend. I felt overwhelmed by my parent’s negative pressure and it was affecting my relationship. I was irritable, and, unfortunately, all the stress stayed with me when I was spending time with him. So I broke up with him and buried myself in work for a month. After a month went by, we checked in with each other and found both of us were still sad and wished the other person was in our life. After talking about all my fears and the reasons that compelled me to break things off in the first place, we decided to get back together. We’ve been together since — it’s been close to 4 years in total.
I still have concerns about the future (since my last letter, he found a one-year contract that’s provided steady income) but I do know which are my concerns and which are my parents’ and have been able to talk to him more about them. I don’t know what lies ahead after this one year contract ends, but I have more confidence in him and us that we’ll be okay.
On the parental front, during the time we were broken up, I was also very distant from my parents as I hated the way they approached the situation and how, from my perspective, they forced me to choose between my boyfriend and them. I think my parents realized that they stepped over a line, and, when we got back together, I was very reluctant to talk about my relationship with them. A year after we got back together, my parents met my boyfriend and seem to really like him. They seem much more on board with our relationship although I’m sure they still worry.
Thanks again to you and your readers for the supportive comments two years ago.
Thank you for the update. It sounds like you’re practicing good communication and you’re learning to not let your parents’ expectations affect you as much. Best of luck to a happy future!
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