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How can I make a summer love stay around?
Summer can lend itself to a rapid romance and sizzling sex. For one thing people wear less. It's like free advertising. What you see is what you get. But if you want things to last, you'll have to go beyond the surface. Here are 10 keys to make summer love stick around.
1.) Daily maintenance. Any lasting quality relationship doesn't just happen. It takes work and effort. What you give is what you get.
Well there you have it. Use these keys to keep the temperature hot for all seasons.
All The Best, Angelo.
I have a good gay boy side and a bad gay boy side. How do I live my life?
Signed, Dual Nature
Dear Dual Nature,
Unless you're in recovery, the idea is to strive for balance. Don't go to either of the extremes.
I was out with a friend on Saturday night over Memorial Day weekend. We stopped in a few gay bars. A part of me wanted to let off some steam, but I knew I had a lot to do on Sunday. I was tempted to let loose by everything that was going on around me. But I stayed on the right path for me. I drank water and made it an early night. I deferred some short term gratification. On Sunday, I was able to get up early, enjoy the beautiful day and get everything I needed to do accomplished successfully. Another time, I may make a different choice. It's all the good that makes the occasional "bad" more fun. This is not meant to endorse excessive alcohol use or any drug use.
The point is to make the right choice each time, keeping perspective of what will best serve you over the longer haul. Ask yourself, what choice will lead to my greater happiness or higher purpose overall. Will power takes a lot of strength. But I know you can do it, because you're strong. Gays are naturally strong and resilient from having to live in a straight world. Transport that strength into your decision making.
All The Best, Angelo.
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