I have a confession. Well I wouldn't say it is a confession. Confessions imply guilt and I don't really feel guilty. Anyway, I have a a truth to tell. My truth: I still talk to my exes.
I am one of those people who would like to actually remain friends with their exes. Now this is not always successful. And usually it is the least successful right after breaking up. But in time a friendship of sorts can be possible.
It has come to my attention that I tend to talk to my exes a lot more when I am lonely. Up until earlier this week I thought it was simply because I was lonely. I thought that I wasn't meeting anyone who made me excited so I was trying to re-kindle the flame with someone who I at one point had feelings for. But this week I figured it out. I didn't want to get back with my exes. What I really was longing for was an escape (an possibly a free meal). Let me explain.
Dating for me is like an escape. For a few hours a few times a week, I can escape my life. When I am with someone else I am not the daughter taking care of her mom, I am not an employee, I am not volunteering, I am just me. I don't have to think about how I will divide my next check or what I am going to get my mom for her dinner or whether my mom needs a nurse during the day. I don't have to figure out how I am going to pay for the next car repairs I need or when will I finish paying off my student loans. Or maybe when I am I going to figure out how to utilize my talents to help people. No, on a date I get to be that flirty, sexy yet intelligent person who I love being without all of the responsibilities. I can talk about my hopes my fears my interests. For a few hours when I am on a date is about me. It is an escape. And the escape is what I need once in awhile so that I don't totally implode from stress, worry, and fear.
It might seem so simple, but it is a really big deal to me to understand this. So now I realize that I need to make an attempt to unapologetically schedule in "me" time. I always tell everyone else that you have to make sure to take care of yourself or you won't be able to take care of others. But the truth is, I don't practice this enough myself. So now I am going to work on it. Because I don't need a man for my escape (unless he is paying for a trip to a tropical place then I will consider it at least lol).