I was surprised and glad he didn’t reply yesterday. Today he reached out as if all is the same. Here is his text (the bottom part following the exchange from yesterday):
The first word that comes to mind is: CLUELESS. Is he on some kind of medication? Were we in the same relationship together?
I am so surprisingly unemotional about it that my friend A said that I cannot deny this moment. He said I need to feel to heal.
I don’t want to waste my energy on the past but I think my friend has a point. Every loss, no matter how small and brief needs to be mourned. I cannot just brush it up like it never happened.
Even though my heart is fine and I am not feeling any sort of sadness, this loss happened and it marked me. I need to mourn it, to dissect it and then move on.
He was a potential, a possibility, a what if. He was a maybe that seemed so certain for a moment in time. When he arrived he was such a sweet surprise. My heart sang, my spirit soared. I spoke about him to people such a sure thing I thought he was.
The best part was that he seemed to feel the same way and he was not afraid to let me know. In his presence I felt like the most beautiful woman in the world. I don’t remember a guy ever having that strong an effect on me.
And then something happened. One day I may find out what really happened, why he he changed, but that is really not even important. What is important is that the dream died almost as fast as it arrived.
I am taking 5 minutes now to be sad, to wallow in pity, to ponder about it, to lick my wounds and then close that chapter and move on. I am digging deep and bringing it all to the surface.
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Kahlil Gibran
I wanted it to work. I was in love with the idea of us. I could see our potential. Now I feel taken for granted, unappreciated. How can he turn his back so easily on we? How can he so easily throw a miracle away?
What was my role in it and how I can improve on going forward?
I am not saying I did anything wrong. I didn’t! I was myself and I will not apologize for that. He probably didn’t do anything wrong either. We were victims of the circumstances. We had different expectations, wants and communications styles.
I do intend to take full advantage of all the experiences I go through in life, taking the time to learn and improve. I see areas that I could fine tune.
Please feel free to give me your 2 cents, or a whole dollar for that matter. My heart and mind are open to receive your feedback.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin
Areas to improve:
- I was too honest. While honesty is a virtue and I pride myself on it, it doesn’t mean that I have to say it all that comes to mind.
- I was too available. Any time he contacted me I replied. I made myself free any time he wanted to meet. My life was him.
- I gave him too many options and left the ball on his court. I put myself at his mercy.
- I put all my eggs in one basket. I immediately stopped dating and talking to anyone else.
- I presented no mystery. I was an open book from the beginning. It is okay to reveal yourself slowly and not all at the beginning.
- Perhaps I expected too much too soon
“Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.” -Roy T. Bennet
What did I do right? (and this part is debatable)
- I was myself. There is no greater joy then being myself and making no excuse for it.
- I played not games, or played hard to get.
- I spoke my mind. I had opinions and was not afraid to share.
- I didn’t expect him to read my mind I told him how I felt and what I wanted.
- I was open minded and willing to be the one to choose the restaurant, even though he said he would do it and then didn’t. I have canceled dates for less than that so I really give myself credit for this.
I still think he is a great person. It may seem crazy but I still would welcome a friendship. I know he is going through something. Perhaps it is something that I don’t want to get involved in and I am being spared.
When we spent time together he was the most kind, considerate man I ever met. It was all about me and about making sure I was okay.
I believe in redemption. I believe in the goodness of people. I don’t believe that most people set out to hurt others. Most are hurt themselves and just don’t know how to deal with that pain, so they in turn hurt whoever is next to them.
My doctor friend A, is someone that I dated and that I thought it was going to go somewhere. That was over 2 years ago. Then he started to slowly disappear. I am not even sure how it happened. It hurt me, I was confused. Then he reached out and we start talking and meeting for brunch. There has never been any romance after we started to see each other again and it has been perfect that way. Our friendship has blossomed and I know he is a friend that I can count on. I am glad that I decided to look past his prior behavior that to this day there is no explanation and I actually don’t need one. We are much better friends than we would have been as a couple.
“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I don’t know if Peter would welcome a friendship, but we shall see.
If I am going to completely honest looking at this almost relationship with a clinical eye I have to point out the following hurdles that I would have to get over to make the romantic relationship work:
1) Lack of deep conversation. I seemed to be doing all the talking and a lot of the conversation seemed to be superficial. I thought that perhaps things would get better with time. I need mental stimulation,
2) Lack of Passion. We held hands, we kissed. I think there was more passion in the hand holding then in the kissing. He seemed to enjoy the kisses, but I hate to say it was just not that pleasurable to me. Not the type of kiss I am used to. I had hoped I could teach him the way I like it, but I wondered if he would be open to learning. I need passion.
3)There was a couple of answers to questions about his past that it didn’t seem to add up to what I had found online. While it was not anything serious, it raised some doubts in my mind as to the real truth. I need honesty.
RIP potential relationship!
Enough about Peter!
“It was too perfect to last,’ so I am tempted to say of our marriage. But it can be meant in two ways. It may be grimly pessimistic – as if God no sooner saw two of His creatures happy than He stopped it (‘None of that here!’). As if He were like the Hostess at the sherry-party who separates two guests the moment they show signs of having got into a real conversation. But it could also mean ‘This had reached its proper perfection. This had become what it had in it to be. Therefore of course it would not be prolonged.’ As if God said, ‘Good; you have mastered that exercise. I am very pleased with it. And now you are ready to go on to the next.” – C.S. Lewis