When I say the word commitment out loud, I cringe. The word alone makes me feel as if I’ve been sentenced to prison without bail, or that someone accidentally squirted a slice of lemon in my eye.
This is ironic, since I am a commitment advocate. I encourage friends to fight for their unstable relationships and engage in monogamy rather than becoming serial daters. Yet I find the word “commitment” loathsome. This enabled me to analyze my feelings and try to understand why people detach themselves from its meaning.