To be totally transparent and honest, I went back on my word to not see Mr. Amazing Unavailable again, and totally saw him. A few times, actually. (You can start judging me now…)
But I swear I have a good reason… Lol.
He’s not just some guy I was seeing.
Over the last 5 months, we’ve grown close. He’s become a good friend, a confidant, a sounding board, an advisor, a teacher – and I’ve been the same for him. Beyond our chemistry, there was so much SUBSTANCE there.
I learned his taste in music and his boss’s name, and what’s been bugging him at work. I learned he loves to keep things clean and organized and separates his v-neck tshirts from his regular tshirts. He learned I’m crazy about my baby and how lately I’m missing him while he’s at his dad’s and how I start to have bad dreams when he doesn’t respond to his mother’s texts and phonecalls.
One thing that sucks about being single is that you don’t have that guy there to always talk to. Your best friend, your partner. Someone who’s ready and willing to listen to you, and is there during… life.
So you turn to girlfriends or your sister or… a blog…to communicate your feelings and hash things out.
As much as I love the above alternatives, nothing replaces that heart to heart connection with a significant other.
And this is what I had with The Doc from Day 1. We always agreed that it was just “easy” with us. He would call me to talk and we’d be on the phone for hours. We fit. We clicked. And as he always would say, “We’re on the same wavelength.”
So it was easy to respond to his text to see how I was doing when I was having a bad day recently and needed to talk/vent to a trusted person.
Turns out he wanted to see me (whatta shock, Mr. Cake and Eat It, Too) but when I confronted him on his intentions, he made it clear he truly wanted to console me and catch up.
And we did.
And I actually had a very clear understanding by then of where he was. I had come to terms with the fact he wasn’t ready to entertain the idea of being a “relationship guy.”
Ok, fine. I do love our friendship, too.
So I saw him a few times more and those instances drew us closer again. On all levels.
Cut to last week…
I invited him to have dinner. I wanted to talk to him and get clear on a few things I’ve been contemplating.
I happen to work in the industry of love, dating and relationships, and allllll dayyyy longgggg I consume, organize and communicate about these topics to the world at large.
The fact that I’m living through these topics in my personal life at the same time is a coincidence, and it can get a bit overwhelming. However, it’s also allowed me to really identify what I want in my life.
And here’s an update: As much as I want to find my partner, I don’t want to find my next ex-husband.
Been there, done that. If you want a full dose of pain in your future, marry the wrong guy, at the wrong time.
Too many people spend all their time planning for the wedding, and not nearly enough time planning for the marriage.
So with all of this chatter, both inside and outside my head, I’ve decided to chill out a bit. Really, there’s no rush. Why was I making it feel like there was?? Maybe I was getting caught up in all the hype of “finding love” and the urgent chase that comes with it as a single woman in her 30s.
No. That’s not me, and I’ve never followed the path of normalcy in life.
I’ve decided I needed to chill.
The Doc picks me up from work. He’s wearing a suit and just coming from a conference with other PhDs and smart folks in his industry. I die.
But I’m looking just as good in my lace dress and heels. He dies.
We really are a great looking couple.
We have an amazing dinner at one of the best sushi spots in Los Angeles, and I watch the sun set on the Pacific Ocean to my left as we talk and laugh. And smile and flirt. Why does it always have to be so romantic with us?! Gah!
(view from our table at Sushi Roku in Santa Monica, CA)
We had such a good time that I never found a good time or place in conversation to bring up the conversation where I wanted to propose the idea of slowing down a bit, acting a bit more casual with us yet hoping to see if he’s on the same page of wanting to just only see each other, and see how things go. Perhaps he’d be more open to this pace, too.
So he’s dropping me off and I finally get the courage to bring it up. I tell him I love what we have now and he agrees. After I tell him my new revelation of wanting to pace myself, I ask what his thoughts are about being exclusive. And then he comes straight outta left field and tells me he’s seeing someone else.
There ya have it.
Shocked, I ask a few simple questions to try and understand just a bit more about this man’s choices and who this other woman might be. He reveals that she doesn’t connect with him nearly as well, and not nearly as deeply…on many different levels.
Well, duh! I could’ve predicted that. After meeting so many different people over the years, it’s a special thing when you find a rare connection. Ours is very obvious.
I’m hurt but not mad. He’s totally allowed to be seeing other people. Hell, I am, too… and after all, you’re all getting the inside scoop on my dating life, not him. 🙂
So we’re sitting in his car and I’m now feeling VERY different. Yet very wise.
I’m sad for him because knowing there’s someone else now, shows me he’s really not interested in building anything special with me, or with anyone else for that matter. I also realize that as amazing as a friend as he’s become, and as close as we’ve gotten since 5 months ago, I know what i need to do…
I tell him she’s his safer choice.
I tell him that whatever happened in his past that made him so adverse to wanting a relationship and thinking he’s not adequate enough to be a “relationship guy”, is the same thing that’s going to make me get out of his car and watch me walk away.
I tell him I don’t have the jackhammer required to bust through the concrete walls reinforced with steel beams around his heart, nor do I want to put in the time and effort.
He understands. And he acknowledges this would be the case.
I wish you could see his eyes. They are full of fear and apprehension that I’m seriously about to leave him, yet softened by this man’s genuine feelings of love and care towards me.
If internal contradiction had an expression through someone’s eyes, he’d be the poster child right now.
We talk some more and I’m actually holding up ok in the tear duct department. He sees I’m disappointed but I actually have an attitude of “it is what it is.”
I tell him I’m seeing other people, too, and in fact, there’s someone who works across the street from me who’s been trying to ask me out to dinner for the last two weeks. I also tell him I was practically proposed to by someone from my past who’s re-entered the picture.
He tells me he’s not shocked by this. He repeats “how amazing” I am. And then he’s silent.
After a pause, I ask him what he’s thinking about. He says he’s processing what I just told him.
Good, I say.
I tell him I have to get going. So with pretty much nothing left to say, he asks if he could at least give me a hug goodbye.
I shrug and agree and we get out of the car. He comes around to my side and then gives me the longest hug of my life.
It’s not a hug. It’s an embrace. He’s holding me tight, not wanting to let go. It’s a long, freaking hug.
I wasn’t sure at the time what that was all about, but looking back it felt like it was him silently wishing he could be that guy I need, yet apologizing with this hug that he couldn’t be.
Or, wouldn’t be.
Either way, it wasn’t gonna work for me.
The hug finally ended. We look at each other and I wipe a tear away.
I told him I wish I could say “See ya later….” but I don’t WANT to see him later.
I start to walk away and he tries to make light of the goodbye and makes a joke…
“What about “Til then!” Let’s use the corporate thing.”
I stop, turn around, look at him, and just shake my head “no.” I continue walking away.
No. Nope. Not gonna happen, although I appreciate the closure I had just received.
I think that’s really what I needed to finally close the chapter on “The Doc.”
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