Hippo Challenge #8 (read the challenge here)
So. Dating. :)
I'm twenty eight and single. It's fine, I'm fine, I'm okay, it's fine. Okay? Twenty-eight and single doesn't mean I'm broken or a failure. Haha, . . . what? What do you mean you sense some insecurity?? ;)
Well, despite being fine, I also do want someone to share my life with. I do want a family. I want a lot of things and I've wanted them for a while. So I finally decided to take new measures in my dating life in the last couple days. What they are, I cannot say. But with these new measures, a few things have come up that I've realized over the past couple years are a problem, and I'm still facing them now.
What do you do when you find someone you really like? How do you act? What do you say? What do you do? What makes you say and do those things? Are you different when that special someone is around? What is it that makes you act different?
Well here's what happens to ME. First of all, it's pretty rare that I REALLY like someone a LOT. But it does happen. And when I reeeally like someone, I find that I reeeeally want them to like me back. Not too weird yet, right? Pretty normal. But because of how badly I want them to like me, some interesting things occur.
First, the careful observations begin.
What does he wear, what does he eat, what music does he listen to, how does he talk, walk, move, what movies does he like, what things does he hate... my mind is constantly studying and picking up every piece of information it can gather.
Second, the mimicking.
This part is a little embarrassing and probably a little pathetic. I suddenly find myself copying them, including words they use, how they talk, and I stick with topics I absolutely know they're interested in. I copy their humor and jokes. I sing songs I know they love. Then it's really bad if I overhear a specific quality they like in a girl, because without thinking about it I suddenly ooze that quality whenever they're around.
At the end of the day, I go home, and I look at the kind of person I've been acting like all day, or on that date, or in that class they're in, or whatever it was. And I'm like, "Who was I just then? Who even am I???"
How nice would it be if I could just relax, enjoy the present moment, and simply be myself? Know what I mean?
Yeah, so there's that.
However, to my credit... I have had way, way, waaay more moments in dating situations over the past few months where I actually talked about things just because I wanted to, without knowing for sure if they'd care or not. I told jokes I wasn't sure would be laughed at - and sometimes they weren't at all, and it was still okay! :) I am learning to share more and more of me, including fears and imperfections, and I have to say it feels so much better than stuffing who I am in a jar and wearing a mirror mask of what I believe others want me to be. Life is way more worth living! And far more enjoyable. Best of all, healthy. :) That's what people want - they want to know US. What do WE like, what do WE think, what do we have to offer them in return? How can our talents, likes, dislikes, personalities, senses of humor, and unique qualities and passions enrich THEIR lives? What weaknesses can they relate to and how can we help each other grow? Relationships are a give and take. When people-pleasing, both parties miss out, and both parties become frustrated. Not just the pleaser.
"Cause very most importantly,
I am choosing to be me."
(10 points to whoever can tell me what book that quote came from) :)