I’m so frustrated and disillusioned with men and dating and love in general. I don’t think that I’m looking for anything that rare or unusual. I see people with it all the time… And sometimes I want to shake them and ask… What did you do right?! TEACH ME YOUR WAYS!
Sometimes I get mad about the fact that I spent almost 13 years investing myself in a relationship that crashed and burned so spectacularly that even the most innocent bystanders ended up singed. I get mad at the girl I used to be, the choices that I made, the mouse that I became. I get mad that, at 31, I’m trying to figure out dating and love and having all these experiences that I should have had in my twenties.
I get mad that I don’t have any idea what I’m doing.
I get mad that I’m not completely satisfied being on my own.
I get mad that I’m mad.
It seems whiny to me that I’m upset by this. That I’m frustrated by my seeming inability to get it right. After all: I’ve barely been single. What do I have to complain about?
Maybe it’s disillusionment. I did everything that I was “supposed” to do. I don’t think that I asked for too much. And it was a disaster.
I know that there are lessons in all this and I’ve spent the last couple of years trying hard to learn them. I know that I am a stronger, more independent woman than I was. I like myself for the first time.
I don’t need a man. I own my home, I have a career. I pay my bills and have enough money leftover for dinners out or craft supplies, or whatever my current priority is. I’m busy to the point that I have to schedule blocks of not-doing-anything time.
And, if we’re being completely honest, I always have men in my life. Companionship is never a problem and I enjoy this piece of dating. Getting to know someone, the excitement of a first kiss, these are all good things. (And if I want sex?… I can have good sex.)
The thing is, the sad thing is… This isn’t enough for me. If I was on the other side of my life, if I’d had the (good) marriage and the babies, this would be enough. It would be great.
But I haven’t had those things. I haven’t lived the life that I want. I’ve been gently accused in the past of only wanting the “white picket fence” because that is what society taught me I should want… Well… Fuck that. I want it.
And maybe I’ll never get it. That doesn’t mean that I will stop trying.
It seems to me that, for the men I’ve known so far: I`ve easy to want. Just not enough to want to keep. Eventually someone will want me… And will want to keep me.
I should probably mention here that my heart is currently wrapped in so much protection it would take an expert to find it. Let alone make it beat. My big, soft, heart-on-my-sleeve has hidden itself away and I don`t know how to find it.
My point here? I’m single. I’m not entirely happy with that status. I’m not entirely sure that I want to change it. I’m not entirely sure how to change it. I’m not entirely sure that I should change it.
I have no idea what I’m doing. Someone get me a map!