When I was young… I sought out relationships. I perhaps wasn’t always as choosy as I should have been. Years of being made to feel like I wasn’t ever going to be good enough led me down a path where I happily accepted anything and everything that came my way – be it friendships and significant others.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to be more choosy in who I allow to enter my world. I’ve learned that it’s not the number of friends, it’s the quality and health of the overall relationships that really matter.
I’ve always been the person who rushes into everything. I’m impulsive. Granted, I DO have self control… but I’m finding, at least lately, that the one quality I used to be proud of in myself… I’m holding back now. That impulsive passion and enthusiasm that I get, about everything …. be it learning something new, a new project at work, a new friendship or new hobby or love… I’m learning to keep that in check a bit. Taking things slow. Learning to be someone’s friend LONG before even considering getting physical with them. I mean, seriously – what IS the rush for? If the people who enter your life are really meant to stay … then why are we in such a damn hurry to get across the finish line. It’s not like the race ever really ends… and what on earth would you get for crossing it? What… a wedding ring? A child? A divorce? lol.
It’s challenging… especially in today’s society. And it’s not like a girl doesn’t have needs. lol, but I’m feeling a little bit burnt out. I’m finally starting to really like living alone. I’m learning ME. I’m immensely proud of myself and it’s strange because this isn’t really something you can share with others without sounding a bit foolish. We’re taught to find a man, to settle down, get married, have kids…. that pressure is out there on us all on a daily basis. Sometimes, it’s so subtle, I don’t even notice it at all. But it’s still there. And what’s funny – at least, for me, is that I’ve HAD all of that. I’ve settled down, I got married, I had kids, I’ve been susie home maker and I’ve been the power suit wearing corporate working mom. I have literally tasted ALL that society asks us to pursue.
Perhaps that’s why I’m enjoying this bit of soul searching I’ve done since buying this house. I’ve been trying to figure out what the next big dream is. I’ve been really enjoying the notion of holding off, on all fronts…. taking a moment to find and secure my footing before I do anything to shake up my world. It’s certainly never anything I’ve done before. It all feels healthy. My goals for my life have shifted in new ways I wasn’t quite expecting. I find myself just wanting a healthy relationship. Keyword there is Healthy. 🙂 And for the first time in my life…. I feel like I’m certainly on the right path to eventually get there. I’m learning to communicate my needs and wants and feelings in better ways. I’m actively figuring me out. And it’s really kinda awesome!
So to all of you out there…. single… looking for love… I highly encourage you to look at the opportunities you have to seek out what’s really healthy, thinking long term. 🙂 And to those of you who are settled down… or settling down… still racing… I ask you… What are you racing for and if/when you get it… what comes next?
Much love to you all. Happy Thursday!