Lately I’ve been perusing the endless possibilities of Bumble. I’ve been on several dates, none of which (obviously) have manifested into the love of my life, but they’ve mostly all been interesting albeit a let down when it doesn’t move forward, especially because I actually enjoy meeting random people and hearing their perspective on life.
One date in particular, recently, was a bit of a disappointment. We met on Thursday, had sushi and some wine, talked for HOURS without pause, and in general had an awesome time. I came home on a high, and excitedly told all my girlfriends what a great time we had had.
A couple of days go by, and no second date invitation seemed to be forthcoming. Determined to not slip silently into Bumble oblivion, I threw out a message saying what a great time I had had, and if he was free Monday or Tuesday, I’d love to get together again.
Needless to say, I was pretty bummed. And immediately fell to analyzing anything that could have gone wrong. Was it because of the holiday weight? (Damn you Christmas Walk cookies!) The zit that had popped up on my face hours prior to the date? The fact that I seemed TOO interested? Not interesting enough? Perhaps because my hair was day-old curls and not fresh ones? I could go on.
Of course, all craziness aside, it just simply comes down to the fact that he, for whatever reason, was not into me. *womp womp*. No matter how much I wish I could capture his affection, I can’t. End of story.
People always tell me to just ‘go with the flow’ and ‘it’ll happen when it’s supposed to happen’. If you know me at all, you know that this seriously goes against my usual M.O. I am (most times) a take charge, get-this-shit-done-NOW, no excuses type of person. Sitting back and allowing love to manifest seems appealing to me; actually waiting for it to happen does not. When I get an idea in my head, I cannot put it off for later; it must be accomplish ASAP.
Yet, as with all great things, you cannot force amazing things to happen; all you can do is put in the ingredients for success, stir it up a bit, and hope that it works.
For example, in teaching, I cannot walk in to the classroom and expect my students to instantly respect and adore me (as much as they totally should *hair toss*). I have to come in and show them that I care. I have to plan lessons that don’t suck. I have to make sure that I listen when they are struggling. I have to make class fun yet productive. All of the ingredients can be carefully portioned out and folded together with a gentle yet masterful hand, and there will still be those days where that one girl in the second row gives you so. much. attitude. Yet despite those few anomalies, if the ingredients are quality, the product will be amazing 9 times out of 10 IF you don’t open the oven every two seconds to check how it’s doing.
Similarly, I also cannot force myself to have the perfect bikini body, as much as I wish I could snap my fingers and look like Kim Kardashian. Instead, I need to stick to my diet, exercise, refrain from alcohol (sob), and trust in that process to slowly change my body, however long it takes. I cannot starve myself for a week and expect miracles.
Likewise, I am now acknowledging (slowly but surely) that I cannot will my perfect person into my life. I simply have to create a more perfect version of myself, solidify what I want, and allow my vibes to permeate the universe and attract someone when they’re meant to come in to my life.
Which low-key DRIVES ME CRAZY.
But throughout all of my dating shenanigans, I have refused to compromise on what I want in a guy. Which I haven’t found yet. And that brings me to my conundrum: how will I find my person if I don’t make SOME effort, yet why am I wasting my time on dates when I need to be focusing on the goals that I have set for myself? How can I attract the right person into my life if I spend all my time looking for the person and not actually building myself into the person that my perfect person would love?
Truthfully, I can’t. I need to take a step back and just….be. And there are times that I do-I go through cycles, like I think that everyone does.
While ruminating on it, I’ve realized that failing at dating seems a lot less scary than failing at my goals. Everyone fails at dating. It’s normal. It’s accepted. It’s expected that date after date will turn into a great big nothingness (until the magical moment that it doesn’t). Yet trying to do things that other people don’t normally do, such a blogging, a podcast, a second side career, writing books…failing that that seems more REAL. More hurtful. More in-your-face.
Not trying isn’t scary at all. It gives you a lot of free time. Yet one of my Bumble dates made a great observation when he said “the world is our oyster”. Why wouldn’t I try to gather as many pearls as I can?
So, in the immortal words of Taylor Swift, I’m going “shake it off, shake it off” and turn my focus to what I want to do that will just be the cherry on top of my already full life. I need to stop the bullshit and simply DO.
And so, dear readers, expect big things in my next year of blogging. I’ll keep you updated, and you can keep me accountable.