The older I have gotten, I have realized that, in dealing with the opposite sex, that it is of the utmost importance to take care of yourself first. Not your man. Not your woman. No one else but you. YOU. If you allow them, people will suck the life out of you and take all of you. Why? Because people are selfish as f*ck.
About two years ago, I met a guy (I’m sure I’ve referenced him here before; I just don’t feel like going back and linking previous posts) at an alumni event. The first year passed without much incident. That second year…. We went on dates, we hung out, we laughed, things were good. Until they weren’t. The last time he and I spoke in August, I told him that we should make a clean break, and if we see each other in the street, we say “What’s up?” and keep it moving.
Earlier this week, my phone rings. I think it’s my eye doctor, so I answer. It’s this dude. (Huh????) He says he’s calling to find out if I’m going to a football game our alma mater is having later this month and that I crossed his mind and he thought about me. I asked him if he remembered our last conversation, to which he replied yes. This is then how the conversation went:
Me: If you remembered then I don’t think you would be calling me.
Him: Why do you say that?
Me: Because I told you that we should make a clean break. But here you are calling me after three months. A few weeks after our conversation, I told a friend of mine about you, and she was playing devil’s advocate. She thought that maybe I should give you the benefit of the doubt and that I didn’t make myself clear with what I wanted while we were dealing with each other.
Me: So that there is no confusion, I don’t like talking to you. You’re bad for my spirit.
Him: Oh, that’s cryptic.
Me: How so?
Me: If you don’t understand, say so so that I can explain it to you.
Him: I don’t understand.
Me: Then I’ll explain it to you. I’m in my 30s. I’m passed the point in my life where I’m dating just to date. And I’m done going back and forth with you. Over the past two years, it’s been up and down and sometimes we’re dating and sometimes we’re not. So we just need to cut our losses and keep it moving.
Me: So, again, so that I can make it clear, I don’t want to be your friend. You keep popping back up in my life and I’ve got way too much going on to try to figure out what you want from me every few months. So you have fun with whatever you’re doing tonight, tomorrow, whenever. Bye.
Today, this post is for ladies in general. Single ladies in particular. Those single ladies that have had to deal with men that take us for granted. Those men that feel they can play with our emotions. Those men that are sometime-y. Those men that are non-committal. Those men that feel like they can treat us any ol’ type of way. And think that we are going to stay around to put up with it. Take back yourself, ladies. Take back your strength. Take back your independence. Take back your courage. And let these men know that we’re not putting up with their sh*t anymore. We deserve better. And these boys that think they’re men are going to continue to treat us this way if we allow it. So demand better. Treat yourself better. You deserve it. Don’t let these boys mess with your spirit; they’re not worth it.
Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.