Always assume you’re single and dating other people until he asks you to be his girlfriend. Yes, he has to ask you. Aren’t you worth that? You’re worth being asked, you’re worth being pursued, you’re worth the guy putting in the fucking effort and work to win you over.
He showed me how important my feelings and emotional well-being were to him, how much he supported me, and was there for me to talk through this. I didn’t have to go looking for him and beg or even ask. I didn’t have to prove I was worth his time or effort. I felt empathy, compassion, care, concern, genuine love beyond obligation, supported and surrounded and not alone in a time of real crisis.