When we are younger and more influenced by the celluloid representation of love, we expect it to be idealistic. We think, if they love us they will behave in a certain way, at all times. But, we are humans—we are imperfect, flawed, complicated, and sometimes we do things that barely make sense.
As I grew up and went through my share of relationships, I realised that the best way to love someone is to give them the space to be imperfect and vulnerable. While that sounds super sweet, it means they will get on your nerves or worse, hurt you sometimes. But, usually in relationships, clear communication often sorts things out—it’s all about establishing a balance between not hurting each other and leaving room for the other to falter.
And more importantly, it is about apologising correctly when you’re at fault, as it is key to resolving conflicts and healing in your relationship.
Sit back and listen
Sometimes, you may feel tempted to say things like, “I am sorry, but...” No, it has never worked and never will. When you’re apologising, do it sincerely and wholeheartedly. Don’t get defensive and take accountability for your actions. If you don’t think you’re wrong and you still want to apologise, just say something like, “I am sorry I hurt you. I didn’t intend to.”
Saying sorry, even in the most heartfelt way, is often not enough. Offer a solution towards improving or changing things that hurt the other person. You can also ask them how you can make them feel better.
Offer them love and care
Don’t act entitled to forgiveness
Yes, you apologised, but depending on the gravity of the situation, your partner may take longer to forgive you. Or they may choose to not forgive you at all if it’s a serious situation. Remember, just because you apologised, you can’t expect them to forgive you instantaneously. Be patient and let them heal before they can shower you with love again.