Can I just say I love you all for your comments and emails yesterday? Truly, I do. Seriously, you guys are the bestest (even the Anon, whose identity is still a mystery to me).
I feel, though, that there’s a teensy bit I should clarify.
When I say I know exactly what I want, it’s a list of intangibles, things that are the opposite of stuff I have seen and experienced in my past that led me down some incredibly painful roads. My list is one that may not describe a perfect person, as I don’t think anyone could possibly be perfect, but might describe someone who is perfect FOR ME. I don’t think it’s a bad list either. As my lovely friend Erratic pointed out, sometimes things on the “list” may have to take a back seat if the right person comes along, and while I know she’s absolutely correct, there are things on my list that are flat out non-negotiable. I will not go back to where I was nine years ago. I will never again be subjected to a partner who thinks it’s within his rights to control me. I don’t think I should have to either.
I want someone I can talk to.
I want someone who trusts me.
I want someone who doesn’t use guilt as a tool of manipulation.
I want someone who understands that I have my girlfriends and will spend time with them WITHOUT him.
I want someone who’s ok with that.
I want someone who doesn’t try to change things about me like how I dress, what I listen to, which sports teams I cheer for.
I want someone who’s willing to discuss opinions when we differ in mindsets, rather than getting angry because I don’t agree with him.
I want someone who is willing to admit when he’s wrong, someone who will forgive me when I’m wrong.
I want someone who will listen to me and understand that my feelings are valid, even if at times they come from a source best described as “the crazy part of Ann’s brain.” I’m capable of recognizing that I’ve been crazy, I promise. It just might take me a day or two.
I want someone I want to spend time with.
I want someone who won’t ignore what I’m saying just because it’s something he doesn’t want to hear.
I want someone who will hold my hand during the rough times.
I want someone who’s willing to cheer me on and encourage me, someone who will be my biggest fan.
I want someone who understands that I yell at the TV during hockey games. And baseball games. And football games even when I don’t have a favorite team. And curling. Oh hell, I yell at sports.
I want someone who makes me laugh. And someone who makes me think.
I want someone who makes me want to be a better person.
I want someone I don’t want to live without.
I want someone who loves me for who I am, who accepts every part of me, flaws and all, and is willing to navigate all the bumps in the road along the way. I want someone who is willing to work for it, for US, if it’s right. I want a partner and an equal, and someone who sees me as such.
I think this is a damn fine list.
Again. Female version of Charlie. 🙂 A damn fine list indeed.
You tell at the TV during hockey and baseball games?!?!Don't ever settle, you know this, because you deserve the best. Juss sayin'.
Well, it appears we are getting married. How's June in the Virgin Islands sound?
Lo, my love, this is why I have a female "it's complicated with" on facebook.Though she (and you) would be perfect to marry, you lack certain equipment that I would need in my life and my bedroom. 🙂
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