“I love, because my love is not dependent on the object of love. My love is dependent on my state of being. So whether the other person changes, becomes different, friend turns into a foe, does not matter, because my love was never dependent on the other person. My love is my state of being. I simply love.” ― Osho
This post was going to be totally different. I was going to tell you about a great guy that I was dating. I was going to tell you how this guy seemed to be the one; how everything felt so right.
This post now is about breaking up with a guy that seemed perfect for me.
He is still a great guy, he is still interested in a relationship, but all of a sudden, one day, I wake up and it seems too much too soon. I had to run, I had to escape! The truth is I am scared! I guess I am not as fearless as I thought I was. I am scared and not sure of what. I am terrified of falling in love! I don’t think I am ready to be that vulnerable again. I actually don’t think I fear getting hurt, I fear hurting somebody else.
I have been the queen of first dates. I have gone on more than 1 date with the same person only a few times, such as with the Jewelry Designer and the Math Professor. Insisting on something that doesn’t feel quite right from the beginning never works for me. The amazing conversations and the romantic restaurants weren’t enough for me to ignore the lack of chemistry.
I have been searching for love for the past few years, all of sudden there is a glimmer of hope. There comes this guy that makes me feel excited. There was something about him that first attracted me, and perhaps that very same unknown thing is what now scares me.
I realized that all the meaningless dates before, even though there were some great ones, they were non-threatening, because I didn’t really feel anything. They didn’t threaten my independence and the safety of my single-hood.
The moment I realized that I liked him and he liked me back I started looking for flaws, for reasons to disqualify him as a potential long term boyfriend. There is chemistry, he is a great guy, has a great job, family oriented, has a cool hobby, good family, a son in college, no crazy ex-wife, is kind to animals, adores me and still that is no enough for me.
From the moment we started talking we both felt that we had a special connection. It felt special! I knew it! He knew it! He talked about the same feelings I was feeling. It was refreshing to hear a man so open with his feelings.
He brought me the flowers on the above picture. It was one big vase, but I split in 3 so that I have a vase in each room. Granted he didn’t buy them (he works on TV and they were props on a live daily TV show) but I give him credit for being honest where they came from and for carrying that heavy vase to my door. I have to mention that he also drove over one and a half hours to see me every time. It was always about what I wanted. Perhaps he is too nice and therefore too easy, no one wants what is easy.
As we continued to see each other I began to feel overwhelmed and trapped. All of a sudden I felt this longing and sadness over not ever going on a first date again. I am probably the only crazy person out there that enjoys the excitement of a first date.
This guy is threatening to my life as it is. I claim I want love but perhaps I don’t want to change anything. I am used to my life now. Perhaps I just want to go on a nice date every now and then, with no attachments, no commitments.
So today I broke things off, I tried the old: “it is me, not you” line, because in this case it is true. He has been nothing but a gentleman, kind and considerate, doing whatever I please, but still I feel that is what I must do at this point. I don’t want to hurt him and I feel that I would end up doing that. My main fear is to be dragging this relationship on while I have doubts and let him fall more for me and end up hurting him. Worst than getting hurt is hurting someone else!
“The purpose of fear is to raise your awareness not to stop your progress.”― Steve Maraboli
I also wanted to make sure I broke up before Valentine’s Day because I am sure he would buy me a gift and do something special and I would be forever guilty. I hate feeling I am taking advantage of anyone.
He was disappointed and tried to talk me out of it, but at this point there is no going back on my decision. He doesn’t understand why I want to stop seeing him if everything is going well. I don’t think it is a matter of want but of need. I feel I need to stop it. Let me return to my string of one-dates, something I have mastered and know well. Something that is non-threatening and leaves all my options open.
At the end of the day I am still trying to figure it out what all this means. I don’t have all the answers…well, clearly I have no answers! Is it my heart telling me he is just not the one? Is it still too soon to try to love again? Am I, deep down inside, fearful of being cheated on again? Am I dumping him before he dumps me? Am I afraid of making the wrong choice? Is fear of getting hurt preventing from giving myself 100% to another person?
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
The problem with online dating is that is just too easy to get a date, there is always an option, so why settle? What if I settle with the wrong guy and the right guy comes along?
I need to stop over-thinking. I decided to continue following my heart even when it does not make sense, such as now. As long as I continue to be honest with myself and with the people I am dating all will be okay.
There is a reason why I am breaking things off. I don’t know what that reason is right at this moment but eventually I will know. For now I just need to know that that is what my heart wants and what I need.
I do feel extremely guilty by disappointing this guy. I do feel I actually did him a favor. He is now free to meet the right person for him.
Nothing like a boyfriend to make me realize how awesome being single is!!
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”― Paulo Coelho, Alchemist