This kind of clear communication builds the solid foundation of a lasting, secure relationship. If you had unhealthy relationship behaviours modeled for you as a child, it might take a while for you to shift into healthy ones, but it can be done with a bit of patience and practice.
Wherever you are – be kind to yourself.
List adapted from Levine, A. & Heller, R. S. F. (2019). Attached. London, UK; Penguin.