Devalued DEAR SUSAN: I had plans to go to a film with my BFF and was really looking forward to dishing with her over a meal afterward. But this afternoon, she phoned and canceled. Why? Because some new man in her life wants to see her tonight. What am I, …Read more. Rough Spots DEAR SUSAN: I've had it with being single. It's full of potholes that never get fixed, and I end up alone, crying myself to sleep many nights. What's with me? Is every unmarried woman hiding tears like me? — From the "Single File" blog DEAR …Read more. Hermitude DEAR SUSAN: You're always writing about undependence — the word you coined that means wholeness, I guess. Well, I've proved that I can do it all — be a good parent, have a life, work, manage it all. But now what? I'm so darned lonely. …Read more. Life Support DEAR SUSAN: It feels as if it's all up to me. As a single person, without a partner right now, I have to be the captain of my ship, making all the decisions and choices. I could use a little help. — From the "Single File" blog DEAR BLOGGER: …Read more.more articles
Give It a Chance
DEAR SUSAN: I am currently going through a divorce and have been amused to see all the resistance to Internet dating. I met the best person on a dating website and couldn't be happier. (I had four dates within a month of signing up; he had three in the 16 months before he found me.) My advice to anyone is to give things a chance. Meet someone who intrigues you in a public place, and work things from there. Remember that the other person is also looking and will generally appreciate your letting him/her know after the first date whether or not you continue to be interested. If you hit it off, you'll both know it. So get a little outside your comfort zone and take the chance. After all, what have you got to lose? At the very least, I had some great stories to tell at work! — From the "Single File" blog
DEAR BLOGGER: As my brother used to say before he met the love of his life through a mutual friend, dating is a game of hurt and be hurt. No doubt, many egos are crushed daily by unreal hopes raised too high too soon, but — and this is a big but — rejection feels awful when there's just too much of it. And let's face it; some of us have heavier armor than others, defenses that can, in the extreme, shrink life to the tiny world of self-absorption. Still, assuming your singleness folds in good people and more interests than surfing social sites nightly, in moderation they can be diverting. Whether they bring the embodiment of your most romantic dreams is in the lap of the gods, not mine to say, but it seems wise to cast your net widely — all the while remembering there are plenty of fish in the sea.
DEAR SUSAN: What many men don't seem to understand is that not all women are man-hating moneygrubbers.
DEAR BLOGGER: There are some who stay fixed in their beliefs as an easier way to go through life because it needs little thought. (Yes, shifting and rethinking and changing opinions means leaving one's comfort zone. Ouch.) It gets to be a habit, a lifelong curbing of the mind. In the short term, it's easier that way, but over the long haul, the mind shrinks. Life becomes a reliving of old patterns and old choices. Original thinking is unknown. But the mind hardens into cynicism and negativism. Sad for the person, sadder still for the relationships that could have been but weren't given entrance to the narrowness of a cloistered mind. Generalizing is a dangerous game, so restrictive that it glosses over the individuality that makes each one of us so precious. Marking time through the years with the same-old, same-old narrowness of mind seems to me to be a humungous waste of brain matter. Granted, it is safer in the short run, but safety comes at a very high price.
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