I had a professor in grad school–well, the first time that I went to grad school in the late 90s–and she used to say, “Trust the process,” all of the time. She meant that we should follow interviewing principles that are structured and let the format do the work. I do agree that summarizing is important, but following it sequentially doesn’t work. I was thinking about the process of being single.
You really have to trust that conventional wisdom says that most of us wind up with someone. The thing is that right now, I don’t want to be with anyone. I want to get things done and stay on track, and I don’t want to feel badly about not seeing some girl or needing to stay focused. I distracted myself this summer with some young and immature girl, which resulted in my being behind as soon as July ended and I was done with my vacation. I don’t want to be back in that shitty pattern because of the need for arms around me.
Before her surgery, my most recent ex had randomly sent me a picture of my ex who was my coming out affair last month when I wasn’t contacting her and I thought that it was really bizarre. Who does that? I have looked at the picture several times though after she sent it, because I have told some friends that she did so, and my friends always say, “She is really pretty.” She is. My heart would race and race and I was worried that I would have a health problem when I was to see her. I would be practically dumping adrenaline making the three turns from the highway to get to her house. That was definitely a process! When I biked with a new friend in early October, I realized that my journey with her wouldn’t be over if I truly befriended this woman who I biked with, so I e-mailed my coming out affair. It’s good to be amiable.
I have no idea what the future for my ex and I holds. I know that now we will be amiable, but I also know that she wants a deep friendship, and I won’t give that. I know that I said that I won’t drive, and then I did for $50, but I really won’t be back in dating land and have contact with an ex that is consistent. That’s shitty. I think too that because her former partner messes with her so directly, she is now realizing that she doesn’t want anyone to have her. Her last relationship also results in lots of contact. That’s not me. I’m riding the wave of trusting that if we are ever meant to be together, life will aid it, and if we are not, I don’t want another close friend. That’s my tried and true process.