It took me a little while to discover wolves in sheep coats who pretend to be lovers. Men who lack conscience will even lie to themselves, to themselves. A friend once said, and I found to be true, that every day people, they lie to God too. So what makes you think that they won’t lie to you? — Lauryn Hill, Forgive Them Father
Here are some things I have learned about myself, people, and relationships:
1. People Lie! People lie to themselves, they lie to others.
People say what they think you want to hear to avoid conflict or to get what they want. We are all guilty of it.
2. Not all people who are dating want a relationship. Not all dating experiences will progress to relationships.
I assumed that when a man has consistently taken me on 4-5 dates that we are progressing towards relationship. Surprise! Not true! Some people want attention, want their ego stroked, are trying to get over an ex. I am guilty of this! I dated men when I was still mending a broken heart. I wanted to be in relationship but I wasn’t able to. And sometimes they are “just not that into you.”
3. Breakups are hard.
I broke up with someone I was still in love with for the first time in my life on January 2, 2012. Knowing it wasn’t right and I was miserable, I broke up with him even though I still had an intense attraction to him. And I questioned/doubted my decision for about the next 6 months. I still do at times. And I tried to get him back. Even after exiting the relationship, I continued to pour an immense amount of emotional energy into him, or at least the fantasy of him. It’s been a year and today I saw on Facebook through a mutual friend’s picture that he is now in a relationship. It was a sharp pain initially to look at. I reviewed my journal entries from the weeks following the breakup and reminded myself that I wasn’t happy with him. It’s hard to see him moved on, and I’m truly happy for him. I just wish I could move on too!
4. My behavior shows what kind of person I actually am versus who I say I am or would like to be. (and same with other people)
A few months back I was reconnecting with a male friend from high school. We both expressed interest in each other, he texted me almost daily, we were getting to know each other (although he lives 3 hours away). I told him I was looking for a serious relationship. We had never been on actual date and had never discussed “exclusivity” So, one night when I was drunk and didn’t really hear from him, I slept with someone else. When he found out he was pissed and no longer followed through on plans to meet up with me. I was saying I wanted a serious relationship (with the right person) and then I was doing someone who charmed me because I wanted a quick fix. Maybe we would have had the “exclusivity” talk if I had actually shown that I could be consistent with my words and actions.
5. My behavior dictates what kind of people I allow in my life.
The guy who I referred to in my post about honesty actually called me last night. After not hearing from him in 6 weeks, he wanted to spend NYE with me. Are you kidding me?! I used to allow this kind of behavior because I thought “Omg, he must like me again!” I’ve learned though, if I a guy likes you and wants a serious relationship/partnership, he would be respectful of your time (ie. plan ahead) and he wouldn’t be in and out of your life – there would be consistent communication between the times you see each other. I started out 2013 by declining his offer 🙂
Silver Lining: I deserve way better and I’m no longer going to compromise my values/integrity just to get some attention for one night. It’s all about consistency of words and actions over time for both myself and the guys I’m dating!