I've been asked this question from time to time over the years. Whether it was a friend, my co-worker, or my therapist, they've all asked me why do I want a relationship. Why do I want to find someone so bad? I don't think I want someone sooo bad, but I do want to find a great love. And let's be clear, I don't just want a relationship. If I wanted that, I could find someone. I'm looking for my person.
After being asked that question several times I did some self analyzing. I thought about why do I worry about finding a relationship more than some of my friends. Why do some people not care if they ever find someone and I DO care about it? After much thought, I've come up with several reasons why I want a relationship "so bad" as some have put it.
One of the things I realized when I really thought about the people I've picked in relationships and dating, is that a lot of it stems from my relationship with my parents. I was a kid that needed affection, attention, to be liked, and to be accepted. My parents on the other hand weren't the most affectionate parents. They also weren't the most encouraging and uplifting. When it comes to The 5 Love Languages and how I receive love, I'm a Words of Affirmation and Quality Time person. So when someone I'm looking to date wants to spend time with me and gives me compliments I've gravitated towards that. Granted, if they're over the top then it sends up a red flag for me. A lot of people can be disingenuous and so when I meet someone that's a bit over the top with their appreciation I usually have my guard up with them more than I would other people.
Some people might say, "But Erin you've been married!" While that is true, I'll say that deep down I never really felt the love I wanted. My ex-husband was really my first real relationship and sometimes I feel like I just didn't know better. I didn't know what a really good relationship was, so I just went along with things. I wasn't really sure of what was acceptable and what wasn't. Granted, I learned a lot from that relationship, but I definitely felt like it was lacking a lot in the love and affection department. That lack of affection then propelled me into the next relationship where I started dating a guy right after getting separated. He was a 180 degree difference from my ex-husband. He made me feel pretty, sexy, smart, talented, and did sweet things for me.
I think that part of the reason I dated my ex-fiance was because I was ripe for the picking. I had been single for about 9 years and had been here in Houston for about 6 years without much success in the dating/love department. Then here comes a smart, successful doctor who thinks I'm the shit! For once I met a guy that thought my job was amazing and wasn't intimidated by it. I for once didn't have to hide what my job was or worry about a guy asking if I'll talk about them in a blog or on the radio. He thought it was awesome that I had a career that I was so passionate about.
Now fast forward to the end. Here's a person that says that they loved you so much, but was lying the entire time. I mean, how could a person cheat on you as much as they did if they really loved you? So you can see where my examples of love haven't been what they should be.
So those examples of love and relationships combined with the fact that I'm getting older have made me worry about it (love) more than I should. I recently had the conversation with someone that said they were totally fine if they never found someone. They had come to terms that if they never found someone that they were fine with it. While I wish I could let it go and not worry about it and just say screw it, I can't. I would like to experience what a good relationship is. I want to know there's someone that won't change their mind...especially at the drop of a hat. I want to have someone that won't give up. I want to know that there's someone that would try as much as I would. I know it won't be perfect, but if both people try, then that's a damn good start. And let's be honest...I'd like to travel with someone and see the world with someone!