Hopeless Romantic: A person who is in love with the idea of love.
Yeah, well I suppose I’ve been called worse things over the years.
My major bone of contention in my personal life is my lack of a love life. How the hell I’ve reached my mid-40’s and still have yet to have an actual relationship is beyond me. It’s something I’ve worried and stressed over way too often, and has become a bit of a bane to my singleton existence.
It’s something I’ve always been open to since I came out back in my early 20’s, and have watched with envy as those around me went from relationship to relationship like it was the easiest thing in the world.
But sometimes I have to wonder if perhaps I’ve overly romanticised the ‘idea’ of finding that special person and of being in love. That I’m allowing myself to get stuck in the ‘fairy tale’ idea of being in a relationship.
And funnily enough, I’ve actually had friends say something similar to me in the past.
After more than two decades of just hookups, casual flings, and people never wanting to actually ‘date’ me, it’s hard not to get frustrated by it all. I know what I want and am more than willing to give things a try, but it generally ends only being one sided. And me being left with an aching heart wanting more than that’s being offered.
I’ve lost track of how many guys I’ve spent time with over the years where we’ve really connected on a personal level, and not just sexually. But when it came down to things perhaps becoming more serious (ie: boyfriends or a relationship), they would continually back off stating they only wanted something casual.
Some people have said that perhaps I should focus on other aspects of my life instead. For instance, I may not where I’d like to be career-wise but if having a dream job doesn’t fulfil anything special for me why should I strive for it?
An oft repeated conversation with my partnered friends would be about how being in a relationship isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And how they couldn’t imagine what it’s like on today’s dating scene… but are in happy, committed relationships. Apparently.
And these same people will occasionally imitate that maybe I’m getting my hopes up regarding finding a boyfriend, that I should just go out and have ‘fun’. That perhaps I should ‘lower my standards’, and say ‘yes’ more to anyone who messages me regardless if I find them attractive.
The problem with this is how my brain interprets their words.. either they don’t think I’ll ever find love so should give up trying, or that I’m not all that attractive so shouldn’t hold my breath for anyone good looking to want to be with me. That I basically shouldn’t get my hopes up.
I know.. my brain can be such a bitch sometimes. 😦
I’m no different than anyone else out there, regardless of how many relationships they’ve had in the past. I have hopes and dreams for the future, and how I’d like to spend my life with someone special. To stop being the only singleton at the party, or on holiday alone, or the only person in my family that isn’t in a relationship (and I have a big family on my mother’s side).
I don’t expect to fall in love with some Greek god, or the most beautiful man in the world because on top of being a hopeless romantic I’m also a bit of a realist. I’m well aware that not a lot of guys will find someone like me attractive, regardless of how I view them. I’m more interested in them as a person than whether they’ve got abs, the perfect smile, or some other superficial trait.
I also don’t expect for life to suddenly become ‘perfect’ with no issues or drama when I finally meet meet that special someone. I know relationships take work and are sometimes harder than being single (and vice versa..), but that’s okay because I understand that and am willing to put in the work.
The issue I have is finding that someone to put the work in with me and build something together. And I don’t know how much more open to that idea I can be when those around me aren’t.