Isn't it just!
You couldn't have said it better. I know exactly what you mean, and am just starting to talk with my husband too after lots of skirting around and star aligning.
The social aspect is truly powerful. Both of us have been amazed at how much more fun we've been having, just being with people and not worrying about "appearances" and protecting and policing the other- we were never the dramatic type, but I just didn't realize how ingrained these draining habits had become. It feels so good to have the walls come down. Fresh air.. ahh.
Welcome too the forum, both of you.
"Rocks will open and make a way for the lover."
~Hazrat Inayat Khan
I love Catfish and Charlie.