These Real Men Reveal Exactly What They Were Thinking Before Saying ‘I Love You’

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14. “My first girlfriend rushed into saying ‘I love you.’ When I told my next girlfriend, I meant it, but I was so nervous because I wondered if I was making the same mistake.”

When your first relationship goes south, it can leave you feeling very jaded. Suddenly, all of your ideas about how wonderful love can be just go right out the window. Now, you know just how awful heartbreak feels, and you don’t want to go through it again. But most of us to make the choice to open up to love again someday. It can be scary to take that step, but it’s worth it to try again. When the guy who wrote this confession said “I love you” for the first time, he was scared that he was making a mistake again. What if he was rushing into it once more? What if he was wrong about his feelings? However, it seems like this couple had a happier story.

13. “When I told her I loved her, I wasn’t sure if I was lying to make her feel better, or to trick myself into believing things would actually work out.”

Sometimes, people think that saying “I love you” can save a relationship. They think that if you just say those three magic words, everything will turn around. The fighting will stop, you’ll be honest with each other, you’ll start communicating like adults, maybe your friends will start getting along, too…but unfortunately, that’s not how life works. You can’t solve all of your relationship problems just by saying “I love you.” It’s not realistic. But look at what the guy who wrote this confession has to say. For a short time, he believed that saying “I love you” could actually fix his relationship with his girlfriend. He says that he was trying to make her feel better—and he was also trying to make himself believe that things could work out.

12. “I had just come back from a year-long deployment. I told my girlfriend I loved her as soon as I saw her. I just wanted her to know, no matter what she said back.”

Awww, now here’s a happy story! This guy says that he was away on a year-long deployment and did not see his girlfriend for all of that time. We can’t imagine how difficult that must have been. Many couples have broken up over less. In fact, some couples can’t even stand to spend one day apart, let alone a full year! But all of the obstacles that come along with long distance were worth it for this couple. The guy says that when he got home from his deployment, he knew without a doubt that he had to tell his girlfriend that he loved her. In fact, he says that his feelings for her were so strong that he did not even care if she said it back or not. He just wanted her to know.

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