I’ve been keeping secrets. I know that I swore I was going to get back to my fundamental honesty, but I may have fibbed – just a little, just a couple of times.
After my last date with AlienSpider, I knew it was done. I wrote a post about it being done. I vowed to take care of it quickly and just be through with the whole mess. But I didn’t. I kept putting it off. Some horribly lazy, apathetic part of me wished that he would just get the message and stop contacting me. I know that goes against all I’ve aimed for in Good Dating Karma, but I just wasn’t in the mood for another painful I-don’t-want-to-see-you-anymore conversation. But alas, he wasn’t getting the picture. Just as I didn’t get it with Tall Guy until it was nearly already over. We traded sporadic calls and text messages for a week and a half. I knew that I was just drawing it out and torturing us both – but I couldn’t help it. Then, finally, last night I bit the bullet and went through with it. It was mercifully simple and short. I think that he saw it coming, but was just sort of hoping that it wasn’t. I give him a ton of credit for being so sweet during the whole debacle. He just really wasn’t my type in the end, and I shouldn’t have resisted that fact as much as did. Oh well, chalk it up to Another Lesson Learned.
This all brings me to the Dirty Biggish Secret; this is the real thing that I’ve been hiding from all of you, and for nearly a month now. I’m tired of dating. There. I said it. I’ve been doing this for 4 months straight now, with barely a handful of decent dates to show for it, and no actual connections with anyone. I gave up every night off some weeks in the pursuit of a decent interpersonal connection, I spent countless hours emailing and talking on the phone with prospective suitors, I paid a decent sum of money to use the services of Match.com and eHarmony. In the end, none of it has done me any good. So I’m going to do it: I’m going on hiatus.
Now, don’t panic. I’m going to keep writing, and there may still be some dates in the near future, but I have got to give the internet thing a rest. I’ve realized that my selection process and the things that make me attracted to someone are such that, when combined, they make me extremely ill-suited for internet dating. I’m looking for that rare cross between intellectual and physical attraction – and I just can’t judge either adequately online. And I may still do what I’ve been talking about almost since the beginning of this blog, and rejoin Nerve.com to give their personals another shot, but not yet. I need a little time off. I need a little me time.
I have found, through the course of this blog, that I’ve learned more about myself by dating and writing than I really expected to. Having to coherently organize my thoughts, and really, explain myself in a way has been very good for me. So, while I’m on this little dating hiatus, I think that I will revisit a few of my past experiences and see if I can gain any new perspective on them. Maybe, helpful readers, you can help me gain perspective on them too.
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"It does not bother me to say this isn't love, because if you don't want to talk about it, then it isn't love and I guess I'm going to have to live that." Counting Crows Anna Begins
7 months ago