I spent the 4th hunkered in my back bedroom in front of a Law and Order marathon listening to the fireworks erupting all over my neighborhood, sending messages to and "liking" all sorts of guys on OkCupid. I watched as each one logged on, read my message, looked at my profile, and chose not to answer me. Good times.
Last night I sang at a wedding. The probably 40- or 50-something couple sat at a table full of children during their reception. This was so sweet I almost broke down sobbing right in the middle of singing On the Sunny Side of the Street.
I am officially becoming unhinged.
Sunday morning I texted 3D Animation Guy to check in and see how his week was looking. I watched as he logged on to OkCupid, looked at my profile, and then did not answer my text. Four hours went by. I could only assume he'd had a second look at me and changed his mind. Then he finally answered me. He said he was going to Nashville on Wednesday. I asked if he wanted to try to get together tonight. He said he would try to make it work, that he is "dying to meet me". I texted him today to follow up. I have not heard a word.
I have also not heard a word from anyone else.
I am looking into some low cost therapy. I feel like no matter what I'm out the babysitting fees and that's already too much of an expense...but I feel like I need to at least explore some options before discounting the idea entirely. This whole dating thing has made me nothing but depressed and miserable. Nothing but rejection and abandonment and frustration. I just want it to end. I just want to settle on someone, love someone who will love me back, and be done with it. How come so many people get to have that in their lives and yet I don't? Why has this most basic thing eluded me for thirty years?
What is so damned unlovable about me that every man that meets me decides I'm not worth more than one coffee date?
I know there are no answers to these questions. And I'm pretty sure the problem is not me (although I'm open to discussion on that one). I think people are just picky and intolerant and the very presence of the Internet makes it so that nobody ever has to settle on anyone, ever.
Yet all these guys - including 3D Animator - complain endlessly about how flaky everyone is, how nobody ever wants to meet up, how much they want to be with someone. The guy I met for coffee Thursday told me he'd met a lot of nice, attractive women. So...what's the fucking problem??
So I want to seek out therapy, but I'm not sure for what purpose. What can a therapist tell me other than "dating sucks"? Surely I am not the first, nor will I be the last, person to complain about how frustrating and baffling the opposite (or same!) sex is. Maybe they can just give me some tools to cope with my runaway anxiety or give me some perspective. Who knows. It's worth at least looking into I think.