"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." — Anaïs Nin
Your beliefs going into the herpes talk can dictate your expectations, either negative or positive. And your expectations paint what you bring to the conversation (your energy, your perspective, your attitude). And if you believe your negative thoughts, they might just hand you an unfortunate self-fulfilling prophecy. You have a lot more power here than you might be giving yourself credit for. So, choose to have trust and faith in the ineffable magic of human connection. Choose to be open and curious in such a vulnerable space. This will bring you into an entirely new mindset and experience of having "the Talk." This fundamental shift in and of itself can completely change the outcome.