I’ve gone on and on, ad nauseum, about what I call “The Going Silent” phenomenon. Just as a refresher, I do not consider it going silent when you’ve emailed a couple of times, maybe met once, or had a phone call or two and then silence. I call that phenomenon, The Never Getting The Thing Off The Ground Phenomenon. The Going Silent Phenomenon is the thing that occurs after a relationship is airborn and some emotional intimacy, probably even some physical intimacy has developed and suddenly one or the other of the two people draw way, way back or they disappear altogether. I still believe and will always believe that The Going Silent Phenomenon is simply cowardice. Somebody got in too far and couldn’t get out courageously or without looking like a complete shit, so they just disappeared.
There is a less severe form of this same phenomenon in existence though. It’s called the You’re-The-Best-Thing-I’ve-Got-Going-Right-Now-But-If- Something-Better-Comes-Along-I’m-Outta-Here Syndrome . Another equally disconcerting malaise is the “I’m Just Not Sure How I Feel About You” quandary. In each unappealing dating situation one partner is more vested than the other and is unable to see clearly the writing on the wall of the relational dynamics. I’ve been there. I know deep down when I’m dealing with just such a situation. I’ve never been inaccurate when I suspected one of these situations existed. I just didn’t always like being honest with myself about it. Now, I know that both these situations occur with men and women, but since I’m female I want to address this situation from the perspective of the female being more vested than the male or when the guy goes silent or keeps her at arm’s distance. Again, I recognize it happens both ways, but for the ease of me sorting things out for me, I am going to address it from my particular point of view.
Here are some conclusions that I’ve arrived at after recent life events, dating experiences and being the victim (and, yes, sometimes the perpetrator) of several of these Phenomenons and Syndromes.
Conclusion 1: I do ultimately hope to be part of a rewarding, enriching, fulfilling and vital intimate relationship with someone of the opposite sex in spite of my quickly advancing years on this earth. (Okay, the aging thing was said tongue in cheek).
Conclusion 2: If this does not happen for me, I will, feel like I’ve missed out on one of life’s greatest joys and adventures.
Conclusion 3: If this does not happen for me, I will still have a great, fulfilling, rewarding and exciting life because I will still have many of the adventures I hope to have and meet many of the people I still haven’t met yet that I will ultimately come to know and love as dear friends, colleagues, children-in-law, and grandchildren.
Conclusion 4: I’m not going to waste time in situations when I know they are not moving me closer to my relational goals. In other words, I’m no longer willing to just pass time in an okay relationship when I know it isn’t going to be the relationship. I didn’t really do this before, but I’m writing it here to remind myself to stay on that track and never veer from it.
Conclusion 5: He’s just absolutely got to be crazy about me and I need to know it. I’m not going to spend a lot of time or energy on the “I’m Not Sure” thing or the “Stay Out Here At Arm’s Distance” thing.
Conclusion 6: Going Silent or Cutting The Engines when the relational jet is airborne is a non-negotiable dealbreaker for me.
Conclusion 7: I can’t even believe I have to say this, but I’ve modified my stance on “They’re okay to date if the divorce is filed but not yet final”. I’ve concluded, after more hard knocks and disappointments in this area than I care to admit, that I won’t date anyone who doesn’t have a signed judgement. It’s just the emotional equivalent of treading water incessantly. Too exhausting for me and I have nothing left over for the people in my life who really are available and who do desire my companionship and friendship and love.
So, what brought all that on? Well, nothing really. Things are pretty up for me now and life is busy, hectic, demanding like it usually is. Things are really looking better and better for me here in post-divorce world. I know I’m not going under and while life isn’t perfect, it continues to improve daily for me. I’m happy and content. Sometimes I feel down and blue and miserable and tired, but that doesn’t mean life still isn’t very, very good. It’s just that I’ve been kind of rolling this stuff over and over in my mind for the last year and thought I’d put it out there more as a means of clarifying my own position to myself. (Things tend to get muddy and murky in the heat of the battle otherwise.)
There are times, though, when some distantly related thought comes blistering into your conscious because of some benign comment or statement someone makes and instantaneously the unrelated connects you to something else and something else again and the entire thing (whatever that “thing” is) crystallizes for you. That happened to me today. Nothing big or earth shattering or anything. It was just a funny little comment, meant mostly tongue-in-cheek probably, but it had that crystallizing effect on me. The comment was made on my other blog in response to my post Time To Buck Up. Sanityinthenorthwest was actually the inspiration for that post and his comment became the crystallizing force for this post.
So, here’s what Sanity sanely said:
I will stick by my comment that men will jump through many hoops just to get hugs and kisses at the end of the day. I am sticking by it because I see men jumping through hoops every day just to get some hottie to adore them. If the guys you are hanging around aren’t doing that for you, toss them to the curb.
That’s the third time in the last month a man has given me that advice. Something in my gut resonates with his statements about men jumping through hoops. In looking back at my own conclusions and convictions, I have to admit, on this one, I think Sanity is spot on.
And that brings me to Conclusion 8: I am going to follow Sanity’s advice.