"I've never been able to stand anyone for more than 48 straight hours..."
Yeah! Me neither. I've backpacked alone for years because I need to have no one around. I'm a people-pleaser personality and a bit of an empath, so I need that down-time when I don't have to feel others' emotions and needs.
Interestingly, J appeared to understand that from the start. I love being with women who are smarter than I am.