I follow The Single Woman and that is where I was inspired to come up with this year ending purging from my life. The first post (Life’s Changing Landscape: Shelving 2011) covers the how/why, the rest will be the 31 things I am shelving from 2011 that will not go with me into the new year, the full list of posts pertaining to what I’m purging can be found here: Shelving 2011.
This box is related to my post yesterday, about embracing ME in 2012, it is dating. I’m putting dating in the box and putting it on the shelf for the coming year. I think my biggest problem was jumping into the dating scene too soon after the marriage had ended. I need time to finish unwrapping me without reapplying layers to suit others that I am seeing. Only one of the 3 men I got into a relationship with this past year didn’t try to change me, and that was the Superhero. He just wanted to know ME and didn’t ask me to change anything about myself. Sadly it didn’t work because I didn’t want him to change either. Mr. Wonderful wanted me to layer over things, not mention them, etc from my past. And the Count…well obviously he wanted me to layer over things too, and that simply will not work. Again. Ever.
I’ve decided that I need more time to discover me. I know that I have some unresolved issues and hurts from the marriage. I found an awesome divorce support group called DivorceCare. Bible based and full of support, I am going to look into it. It runs about 13 weeks and many of the churches in this area have started DivorceCare groups. My best friend from childhood told me what a wonder it did for her, not to mention she met her soon to be husband in this group, remained friends long after the sessions ended, and now they are in love and going to get married. I don’t want to join to find anyone, I’m not looking. I want to join to clear up any last fragments of pain and move forward. No doubt it will help in my faith too.
SO, while I will enjoy the company of male friends now and then, they have to understand I am not seeking a relationship right now with anyone but ME. No dating, I pay my own way or I don’t go. Simple as that. I will gladly spend time with friends, but I am not seeking a mate. I’m seeking the person that matters most in my life, ME.