This started me wondering if there is a gender stereotype, or even an actual difference, with women being more inclined to stay in unfulfilling relationships because they think they should. Just to throw it out there, I stayed with a very nice woman, an artist, a political progressive, a great mother, deeply spiritual, and one whom I respected but did not love. Twenty-three years. Then I met a woman who made me laugh and curled my toes. Even so, I stayed, until I didn’t. Staying made sense, leaving felt like a typical midlife crisis, except it wasn’t. I married and stayed for all the wrong reasons, and I left for the right one.