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Thursday, March 14, 2013

I Am Not In Love And It's Okay

I am not in love right now. And it’s okay.

I’ve always wondered why I seem to have a really rotten luck at love. It’s not that nobody comes along, as a matter of fact I can’t say that I’ve been completely single for longer than two weeks since I was twenty. That’s six years of going through the “meeting a guy – falling in love – him or me or both of us falling out of love – breaking up – getting depressed – moving on – and meeting another guy” cycle over and over and over again. It used to be somewhat fun, when I was still the wide-eyed boy eager to relish love’s every taste, but now it has become exhausting. I can’t keep on having three-week relationships. It’s just not good for the heart.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about why my relationships always seemed to fail right from the early stages. Eventually, it became apparent that my relationships were divided into three cases: one is where the other guy is not as invested as I am, one is where the other guy wants to invest but is reluctant to do so, and the last is where the other guy likes me just as much or even more than I like him.

Whenever I meet someone who seems promising, I always get inexplicably drawn to him. This is normal, I suppose, if I were thirteen and had pigtails. Yes, that’s the kind of infatuation that I feel. I completely obsess over the guy and it becomes my sole purpose for existence to catch his attention and impress him.

Things would be simple if he doesn’t respond to my advances. When that happens, I take the hint and back off. The trouble starts when I sense that the waters flow in my favor, because that’s when I start to expect. I take my courtship rituals to an even higher level, making it clear that I want to be his boyfriend and that I want to be the only one whom he will consider.

At this point, it becomes apparent that I am already an easy catch. For some guys, this appears as a huge flaw. For some reason, there are guys who get drawn to me because they saw me as this exciting boy who likes to collect toys. However, the moment they see that I am, in fact, after something a lot more long-term, they lose interest. This frustrates me and I try to prove to the guy that I am every bit the catch that he first saw me to be, but that just turns him off even more.

For other guys, my hopeless romantic tendencies would have been seen as an asset, but they cannot bring themselves to believe it. This is especially true when I date older guys. They think that since I am still young, I am bound to play around. This frustrates me just as much as the first kind, sometimes even more. I find it unfair to not be given a chance because of some random assessment they made on me.

Then there are those guys who are just as eager as I am to be in a relationship. When I meet this sort of guy, a committed relationship always happens, and we happily frolic in our love. That is, until I start seeing flaws in the guy and I ask myself if I had jumped into a relationship too soon, yet again. Then I start to think that maybe those people who called me a player were right all along.

As you can see, I am clearly conflicted when it comes to relationships, and I have come to the point where I have decided to accept that I am not yet ready for it. I’ve been chasing after love for too long already and I had let my life get shaped around my obsession with love too many times. Sure, love is indeed a beautiful thing, but there are too many beautiful things in life to be eclipsed solely by love.

That’s not to say that I’m giving up on love. No, that would be too melodramatic, even for me. I’m saying that I think I’ve been courting love the wrong way. In all my conquests, I’ve been following two fallacies: that I need love and that I have the right to be loved. Believing that I needed love has led me to chase everything that remotely resembled it. Believing that I had the right to be loved has given me unbearable pain whenever the love I gave was not given back. From now on, I will see love as a gift. Gifts are not something that you need to live, neither are they something that you can demand for.

I am not in love right now, but it’s okay. I’ll focus on all the other beautiful things in life. But if love does come for me again when I am ready, I will be grateful and I will appreciate it for what it is and for as long as I have it.

10 comments:

  1. Age does not manifest maturity. And love should never be chased. Its a matter of compatibility. Maybe you've mistaken attraction, devotion, or engagement as compatibility. I tend to take a taoist approach with romantic matters. If its meant to be, things will fall intn place.

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  2. I've never been in love. How's that for living life? But I'm not unhappy. I think there are a rare few of us that just go through life and never find it. Be happy that you're so young and have experienced it so many times already. And celebrate it when you find it again.

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  3. In this paragraph "Then there are those guys who are just as eager as I am to be in a relationship. When I meet this sort of guy, a committed relationship always happens, and we happily frolic in our love. That is, until I start seeing flaws in the guy and I ask myself if I had jumped into a relationship too soon, yet again. Then I start to think that maybe those people who called me a player were right all along." You are supposed to be in the right path already, but you call things off because you start seeing flaws. No one is perfect. For you to love completely, you have to accept the flaws of your partner, and start seeing the other side and appreciate it more. Seems like you just need the patience to stick with a relationship and give it a chance rather than jump out the boat whenever you find issues.

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  4. Shouldn't flaws be worked around instead of giving up on? I think a talk would be sufficient until you reach a mutual understanding. Maybe voicing out these issues can help.

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  5. We see negativity when we want to escape.

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  6. Ngayon lang ulit ako dito. Naiintimidate ako mag-comment pero magcocomment pa rin ako. (: life doesn't revolve on love. true. sometimes we need to be alone for us to have an opportunity to grow as individual. and now is the right time for you. di ba sabi nga nila, make better of yourself at dadating at dadating ang love sayo.. hope you find yours, sooner or later. (:

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  7. pwede ba .... you're a player, just accept it.

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  8. If you want a lasting relationship, then accept the flaws.

    life's a bitter-sweet thing and nothing/no one is perfect. napakadaling ma-inlove pero napakahirap nitong i-sustain. sa isang relasyon you'll be needing patience, trust, understanding, sacrifice, and of course love. di naman laging masaya ang isang relationship, dadaan kayo sa maraming pagsubok, at di matatapos yun.

    seeing flaws and not accepting it in your partner is equal and also equivalent to a non-lasting relationship. believe me...

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  9. love naman kita jap. keri lang yan.

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