Becky had been dating Pete for five months. Everything seemed to be going well. Pete worked for a financial institute, while Becky worked as a freelance writer. They would meet up during the weekend and have most of their phone or video calls at night. The schedule seemed to work until they started spending more time together.
However, the sixth month of their relationship coincided with an increase in workload for Becky. She also knew that she needed to work more as they were nearing the end of the year to cater to the December festivities and fewer workloads in January. Pete didn’t understand the demand, and he made his disapproval known.
Becky hardly had weekends to spare. She tried explaining to Pete that she needed to work on Saturday. Additionally, she would be so exhausted on Sunday that she preferred chilled activities. Pete couldn’t understand the change.
“Babe, are you bored of this relationship?” Pete asked.
“No, why would you think that?” Becky asked.
“You no longer have time for me and when you spare some time you’re not as excited to see me,” Pete responded.
“Babe, I’m just exhausted from work.”
“I also have an intense job but I still make time for you and give you quality time,” Pete responded.
“I make sure that we have time every evening. I’m trying my best given the circumstances,” said Becky.
“I wish you did more.”
They decided Becky should spend more time at Pete’s place. Pete would leave her in the house as he went to work since she worked remotely. They both thought it would give them more bonding time in the evening instead of talking on the phone and video calls. It soon proved challenging.
Becky tried to make it up to Pete by ensuring she had made dinner by the time he got home.
Pete loved coming home to a well-cooked meal. They would share the meal, and then Becky would return to work for a few hours before bed. After a couple of days of the routine, Pete complained that he still didn’t understand why Becky worked through most of the night. They fought, and Becky went back to her place.
About a week later, Pete apologized and asked her to return to his place. It didn’t take long before another fight arose. One evening Becky asked Pete to go home with takeaway food because she needed to finish up a job. Pete was furious.
“Why should I buy food and you’re in the house?” Pete asked.
“I’m in the house working. I couldn’t have finished the job and made dinner in time before you got back home,” Becky explained.
“Why are you acting like you’re the only one who works? Organize your time better!” Pete snapped.
He went and made the dinner himself. There was tension in the house. Becky decided to go to bed early, thinking it would appease him, but that thought was interrupted by emails from the client asking for changes. She had to be up for two more hours. Pete wasn’t happy. He left for work very angry at Becky.
Becky decided to return to her place where she could work peacefully. She also got a new client who paid well but demanded more of her time, especially at the beginning of the contract. She was elated but couldn’t share the news with Pete. He already didn’t understand the demands of her job, so she was unsure of his reaction.
Pete got home and found that she had left. He called her very furious.
“Why didn’t you say you were leaving?”
“I’m sorry, I should have said something,” Becky agreed.
“Why did you leave?” Pete asked.
“I didn’t like the tension and I needed space to work.”
“You have the whole day to yourself to work,” Pete responded.
“As you have already seen, sometimes it’s not enough,” Becky responded.
“But you used to have time for us, and even made time to cook for me.”
“That was before my workload increased and even then I used to sacrifice my breaks so that I can finish earlier. Sometimes I can’t take a break in line with your schedule and I don’t know how to explain it to you,” said Becky.
“How much does this job pay you anyway?” Pete asked in a condescending tone.
“Enough to pay my bills and a little extra. Why?”
“It sounds like too much of a hassle; why not get a regular job like the rest of us?” Pete asked.
It was clear to Becky that Pete neither understood nor respected her job. So she ended the relationship because she didn’t want to constantly feel like she needed to choose between her job and her relationship.
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