I had a talk with a friend of mine recently. She had been dating a nice guy for two years and was at a crossroads in the relationship.
He had a daughter and had been in his previous relationship for five years. When he met my friend, he told her that he was gun shy regarding relationships. He wanted to date and get to know her but he wasn’t ready to commit. As she was coming out of a relationship, this was exactly what she was looking for. Things have been going great between them for the last two years.
Flash forward to now. After two years of dating, they have had the talk about moving to the next step. He is giving her the “Aren’t we happy? We’re both not seeing anyone else. Everything is good.” speech. She is wondering why he can’t just say “This relationship is exclusive. I want us to have a future together.” In short, he is not defining their status as a couple. He likes it just how it is.
We went out to lunch right before the holidays and talked. Let me just say that my friend is a beautiful woman. She is physically attractive (all of Mr. 1969′s friends ask about her constantly-LOL), owns her own home and car. She is doing great in her career and is fun to be around. She can cook, loves sports and is a classy individual. In short, she is a catch.
As she started telling me all the stuff he was saying…..I listened. I listened to what she wasn’t saying and when she was done….I asked her my one question. You keep telling me about him….”What do YOU want out of this relationship?”
She said, she wanted him to commit to her, plain and simple. I asked her if he was doing that. She said no.
I gave her the “Well….you already know my answer” look and we bust out laughing. She knows me.
I told her it was great that she wanted to give him time to heal from his past relationship. She was taking things slow and getting to know him. However, at this point, she is only seeing him and he’s had two years. She is acting like his girlfriend and he is not claiming her as such.
At this point, I told her that she has some choices to make. Does she feel that she can continue on in this relationship in the hopes that he will eventually come around or does she want to control her own happiness?
After the New Year, we talked and it turns out…she broke up with him. He has called her non-stop ever since. His main issue? Even if they are no longer seeing each other, why can’t they hook-up anymore? Hang out? Have relations? *sigh*
She is now seeing exactly where she stood with him in the first place. She was a long term friend with benefits.
I am so proud of her for cutting him off. Sometimes, you have to sit and ask yourself “What exactly am I getting out of this relationship?” .
Who else needs to leave some baggage behind in 09?