Friday, March 13, 2015

Not enough

Turtle told me the other night that, while he still isn't ready to date anyone, he has realized that when he is, it will not be me. He said he doesn't know why; he likes everything about me, likes spending time with me, and all that. But he's hesitant for some reason, and apparently doesn't think that's going to change.

He wants us to remain friends. In fact, I think if he had his way, we'd still talk everyday and see each other regularly.

The thing is - I just can't. I can't just flip a switch, and turn off my feelings. Seeing him would be a heartbreaking reminder that he doesn't want to be with me. I know me; I would also remain hopeful, and that would cloud the friendship. I would feel hurt every time we were together, and eventually I would resent him.

It's also confusing to me. As soon as I told him I couldn't see him, he tried to extend our evening. He said he would miss me, he held me for what felt like forever when he hugged me goodbye. Heck, when I came back from the ladies room, he had a smile from ear to ear.

I suppose I could be wrong (I mean, obviously I am) but isn't that what we're all trying to find? Someone we enjoy, who makes us smile and laugh, who we can talk with about everything, or nothing, someone who we actually miss when she's not around? I read once that you should date someone who makes you feel the way you do when you see the waiter bringing your food to the table.

So I don't understand why Turtle feels all those things (or at least says he does and behaves the same) and yet, does not want to date me. He admitted it's confusing to him, too. I think if I spent time with him, my desire to understand would get in the way of our friendship.

My friends all insist this has nothing to do with me. While I suppose they could be right, the truth is their opinions are bias.

Of course I realize that Turtle is a complicated guy. I knew that going in. I always knew this ending was a possibility, but I felt he was worth sticking it out, to see what could happen. I realize some of this has to do with him; by his own admission, he likes everything about me, and even he doesn't understand his hesitancy.

Still, it's tough not to take it personally. It's a huge blow to my self-esteem, in addition to being truly heartbreaking. I knew that he needed to get past a lot of stuff if we were ever going to have a chance. It would be easy to pin this on him; say he's afraid to commit, he runs when things get serious, he's attracted to crazy - whatever.

That could all be true. But it's also true that he knows he will want someone in his life. He knows what qualities he'd like her to have. At the end of the day, something inside him knows that person is not me.

He may find me beautiful, smart, funny, fun to be around, comfortable....all those things. But he does not find me to be enough.

Right now, that's all that really matters.


  1. At least he was honest instead of selfishly stringing you along with false hope. Sending you big hugs, dear friend.

  2. At least he was honest instead of selfishly stringing you along with false hope. Sending you big hugs, dear friend.

  3. I don't know either one of you, so I'm not biased, other than hearing just your side, that is. What he told you sounds wrong and mean and hurtful. He says that, and then says he doesn't know why he feels that way? Does he think you are made of steel? Sorry if I'm being harsh.

    1. I think he just figured friendship we've developed would continue without skipping a beat. Probably because, since he could do it, it never occurred to him that I couldn't. He's not the first guy to think that would happen right away, believe it or not. I think it's a consequence of only seeing what's right in front of you, rather than looking at things from the other person's perspective.

  4. I think I'd be pretty persistent in asking him to really think about the why; that it's the least I deserve. Maybe he doesn't want to say?

    1. I have found that when people are pushed for an answer, they will eventually come back with the most cruel, hurtful thing they can come up with, just to end the pushing. Being persistent won't accomplish anything other than making him angry and/or me crazy. He doesn't want to be with me; in the end, that makes him the wrong guy. Sometimes that's the only answer we get. Learning to accept that has been a long, tough journey for me but I have found a lot of peace in knowing that I don't really need to know.