I don’t know what it is about men that makes them think you can fall for them in just a couple of dates. How can you have strong feelings for someone you don’t even know? Yes, there can be a strong attraction there, but feelings? These emotional feelings are what lead us to falling in love, and real love does not happen quickly. I have decided to try online dating again, and I am already ready to throw in the towel. I want to move to L.A. or New York and pursue the career I should have pursued years ago. Men have wasted the last twelve years of my life, and I don’t want any more of my time wasted.
Now, bear with me… I am sick right now and probably going to sound a little bipolar…
I have met a few men lately that seem to be quite awesome. I am excited about them and so far one of them has been incredibly patient as we take our time getting to know each other. (The other two I just met.) He has not rushed me at all. Others, however, have wanted to be exclusive after just one or three dates, and I just can’t do that. So, they find other girls to get excited about that will fall into that trap with them… That’s why online relationships always fail. People jump in too quickly. I have been guilty in the past, which is how I know this. I think online dating gives people a false sense of knowing someone before meeting them. You can’t possibly know a person after reading their profile and going on a few dates.
I learned another important thing about myself: where my boundaries are. I learned that I cannot have a purely sexual relationship with someone, because I so desire that emotional connection. Feeling used sucks and using someone else makes me feel worse… It is possible to use and feel used even if it is mutual, which is really strange. Maybe I’m weird or just not so desensitized. I don’t know.
I’m glad I have explored my sexuality, because I now know how to be patient and let a friendship grow into a good relationship before sex becomes a part of it. I also know that I am more likely to let a man take advantage of me if I don’t know him well. I have to know a man well before letting myself go sexually with him. If there is no trust built, I can’t speak up for myself when something happens that I’m not okay with. I don’t know exactly why that is, but I learned that the hard way recently. I slept with a great guy and allowed things to happen that I couldn’t say no to. It’s not his fault. I told him that I liked certain things, but I did not have the experience to know the varying degrees of what those things could be. My sexual history is apparently very mild, and I guess I have never been with someone as experienced as this guy was. Maybe it did scare me. It left me very perplexed for some reason. Instead of talking to him about it, I retreated to try and figure out why it left me so speechless. I am usually a great communicator, but without trust, communication becomes very difficult for me. Maybe that makes me immature. I don’t think so.
Maybe I have finally become a confusing female. Shit, even I am confused. This sexual encounter left me insanely puzzled! We kind of talked about it online last night, and he was not so happy about me disappearing and not talking to him about it. I do understand. I just didn’t know what to say. I still don’t know. I do know that I was enjoying the friendship and I did tell him that I could not sleep with him anymore. I told him of my discovery that I cannot do that without commitment. He assumed I was accusing him of emotionless sex, which I wasn’t. I don’t have a clue what he was feeling, but I don’t have feelings for him. I do like him, but I have not had the time to develop those feelings.
My time has also been consumed with work, rehearsals, other dates, and tending to my mother’s mental illness. I wanted to see this guy again, but he is convinced that he totally scared me off. I see his point, but he does not see mine at all. He was also offended that I apparently “grouped him with other guys.” He wanted to end the conversation when I said I liked him but didn’t have feelings for him, and then he was offended when I said that I don’t understand why guys expect me to have feelings for them so quickly. Someone please point out to me where I should not have said what I did. It is possible to like someone and not have feelings for them. Many guys lately have wanted more from me than I could give in such a short period of time, and he seemed offended when I said I didn’t have feelings yet. I wish he would have just called me instead of trying to communicate with me online. That’s also most guys these days. They prefer texting to talking. Maybe I should have called him, but I like guys who take initiative. I was hoping we would actually have a lunch date soon. Oh well…