Taking the initiative to approach someone and tell them how you feel is never easy because many times, you do not know how the other person will react.
What if they reject your advances? It is even worse when they go ahead to insult you.
For such reasons, Pius Suuna, for a while, hid his true feelings towards Milly Phiona Nabirye during their early interactions.
“I feared mostly rejection,” he says.
Suuna’s feelings for Nabirye started in 2007, the year they first met. Nabirye was a friend to Suuna’s cousin, Rachel Kisakye. One day, Nabirye and Kisakye went visiting at Suuna’s home and Suuna for some reason got drawn towards Nabirye. They were both in their Senior Four vacation.
“She was beautiful and when I learnt that she had studied at Nabisunsa Girls School, I became even more impressed,” he says. Nabirye, however, thought that he was too friendly.
The second encounter
Suuna did not see Nabirye again until three years later in 2010 when they met at Kyambogo University while undertaking a Bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics. Over time, Suuna prioritised on making Nabirye a friend.
“I tactfully became the indispensable best friend before daring to reveal my actual feelings towards her,” he says.
Suuna’s worst fear, rejection, eventually became reality after expressing his true feelings to Nabirye.
“When I finally confessed that I wanted her to be more than just a friend, she told me that things could not work out between us. She gave me a few reasons including having a boyfriend,” Suuna says.