This is a Really Real . . .
Well, I’m not sure how to categorize it actually.
It’s maybe a Really Real Dating Post and kind of a Really Real Identity Crisis Post.
Wonder Woman and I are polyamorus (simply put, we can openly and separately date other people) even though we’ve been functionally monogamous for the majority of our relationship.
This isn’t really about that, but it’s about defining myself for a dating profile and I figured I’d mention the whole polyamory thing before someone thinks we’re either breaking up or that I’m cheating in a very strange out in the open way. Neither of which is happening here.
Online dating means having a profile.
Which means I need to define myself.
Which is fucking hard.
I go to the gym almost daily, but I’m not really all that into fitness.
I write almost daily, but I don’t really know anything about writing.
I love coffee, but can’t really discuss any of the finer details or even explain what I like (Starbucks is fine, thank you very much).
I love cooking, but couldn’t tell you my favorite meal.
I enjoy officiating with derby, but don’t really do derby.
I’m a widow and that changed my life in HUGE ways, but I’m not only a dead woman’s wife.
I can have long conversations about weekly doctors appointments and DBT classes and therapy, and what’s it’s like to survive with not enough money and too much trauma.
I can’t keep up with politics or anything else in the news. I don’t read or watch TV or follow any current pop culture. I’m not big into board games or even video games. I can fake my way through conversations about music but mostly have no idea who sang which songs but I might know a few of the lyrics.
And all of this seems like a really negative way to describe myself but every time I think about who I am as a whole, that’s all I see.
All the things I’m not.
So, even though I don’t believe one person can meet all of my needs and I wouldn’t want her to even if she could. And even though I strongly believe in polyamory as the right choice for me. I still haven’t really put much effort into dating, partially because I can’t figure out how to put myself out there authentically.
I can’t really figure out who I am.
And it makes me sad.
Wonder Woman obviously sees something in me. I have friends who obviously want to spend time around me so I obviously have good qualities. But being a good friend, a good listener, a kind person, those things aren’t really who I am and what I like to do.
Those things aren’t the kinds of things you use to describe yourself to another person.
Dating is hard!