In Which I Admit Weaknesses

“…It’s me,” I stated aloud.

Two of us were talking about the frustrations of dating as a twenty-something, and I finally admitted what others have probably long suspected. And as I continue to process why it is that I remain single, I have to take accountability for many things. Now, it’s not to say that several folks from the last three years are off the hook for treating me like a Swiffer mop (that is, as something to help clean the mess temporarily and then tossed aside and forgotten), but it’s to really lay out what’s going on–and what needs to be processed.

Here’s the thing that I haven’t–until very recently–realized about myself: I’m flighty. During another conversation, my friend looked at me and asked, in all seriousness, “Is the reason you’re into guys who live nowhere near you partially because you always need a way out?” It didn’t take long for me to answer, Yes.

And as I thought about every relationship I had that had an “official” title, I realized that I was always creating a contingency plan. I thought about all the recent situations in which I found myself drawn to multiple persons of interest, and they were all “safe” in that they lived far away, or they obviously couldn’t commit, and even though all the building blocks were in place for yet another disappointment, it always gave me a quick exit. So why is it that I never come clean in the first place and say, “I’m the one we should be worried about. I don’t know what I want, and I know you’re really awesome, but at this point in time, I’m problematic. What I need right now is a friend, and can you be that, even if it means I actively have to push aside my feelings?”

Even with Portland, I had to leave. I found myself falling in love with a city, and I had to prove to myself that I could leave. I had to leave to see if it was real. It’s “if you love something, let it go.” But when it comes to me, I’m not letting anyone or anything catch me in the first place.

So… why am I flighty? Am I afraid that commitment equates stagnation, whether that’s in love or work or just life in general?

In the meantime, as I work through this, I am committed to working on my own interests, doing things not to impress someone else, but to accomplish my goals and reach new heights. I am pushing myself to speak my mind, to put my intentions out there, to say something when it needs saying. I am striving to be better, to realize that searching for the perfect partner will do no good if I cannot be in a place where I am ready to be an amazing partner (which stems from continuing to grow as an individual).

Roots will have to wait, but I will at least cultivate the field.

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2 thoughts on “In Which I Admit Weaknesses

  1. Landon Harman says:

    And yet sometimes you have to act “as if.” Live in your city as if it is where you will grow old with your love. Date as if that person is the last one you will date. I’m trying to do the first but with little success on the second. I’ve always had the excuse of an impending move to keep me from getting too attached to people or places. And even now, when I’m trying to actively learn how to BE in a place, I’m already telling people I’m moving this summer with no real plans. You might call it a contingency plan :/

  2. Hadley says:

    As someone in their thirties it doesn’t really stop until you want it to. Dating and settling is scary. Opening yourself up and being vulnerable is the scariest thing about being human. It takes the right person, the right time and the right place. Don’t feel pressured to do it just because everyone else says you should. Start small and gradually grow. Eventually, you won’t even realize it happened.

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