Dating in the Slow Lane

Hey, it’s not nearly as bad as I thought.


I made it through a month without dating anyone.

(Ok, that’s enough of that nonsense, time to get back out there, you need sex!)

I’m slowly (can it get any slower, really?) healing my broken heart. I don’t feel any need to rush into dating. Admittedly, I’m actually a bit more wary for the first time in my entire life.

I had something so good for once I am afraid I won’t have it again. Part of me doesn’t want to try. Knowing that’s unhealthy, I don’t intend to stay single forever….I have just realized that’s it’s really, really, really ok to be on my own.

It’s ok to be heartbroken, too.

I find the fact that I am guarded for the first time in my life a little scary.  I’m the type of girl who jumps in head first, no holds barred and I’m suddenly afraid?  Freaks me out a bit.

It also makes me a little sad…have I lost a part of myself?  Will it come back to me?

Of course I want a significant other. I love men, relationship and I love love. I want the whole idea of a true partnership that works. Two people working towards happiness together. I believe in true romance and love. I haven’t turned cynical. Maybe just a bit gun-shy.

Having a better focus for the month of April is helping. I don’t feel pressure to have a date or get out there. I no longer feel like I’m missing something. Well, except sex. I do feel like I’m missing sex and that is really the hardest part at the moment. Trying not to make more bad choices because I want to have sex isn’t easy for me. Luckily I’m somewhat cyclical and have about two weeks a month in my cycle that are tough. I can a make it through two weeks with my renewed commitment to exercise. It’s not easy but I am doing it.

I don’t believe that taking a break from dating means I improve how I focus on the things around me.  The truth is that if I can’t date AND focus on the things around me I probably have a recipe for disaster waiting to happen.  It’s sort of like saying I plan to abandon myself and my goals when I am dating someone.  My motive here was not to shut off dating, but to slow it down and make better choices.  I think I have accomplished that and gained some clarity on my needs.

I have set up some dates now, once a week, so that I can start slowly getting back into the swing of things with men would be quality choices.

I struggle daily to keep my mind from dwelling on the past and try to keep it in perspective. My time, my man, my love will come along. I don’t feel especially stressed about it.  Not stressed, but still sad….I am still not firmly implanted in acceptance.

I’ve spent more time with my kids recently since my heart has let my brain come back to the land of the living. Some days being a parent is tough and other days rewarding. I still don’t find parenting through these teens years to be especially easy – I would trade for the under 12 set any day! When the kids are little it’s just tiring. Physically tiring. But parenting older kids, teens, and one on the spectrum can be downright emotionally and mentally debilitating. I can’t just sleep it off anymore like when they were little guys. Now I truly feel like the life is being sucked from me.

I hope to get to the point where I am willing to run myself ragged with physical exercise before making bad dating decisions and I’m obviously not there yet!  I have a sincere weight goal in my mind that I want to achieve.  I want to finally become that person who is so hyper focused on a goal that they do anything to get themselves there.  For me, that seems to be all about eliminating poor relationship behaviors.

I still want sex.  This isn’t going to be an easy fight to win.

Damn it, I really, really, really want sex.  Fantastic bed-thumping up-all-night sex.


(yes, that’s just it darlings, I want to be fucked)

Author: Madeline Harper

My journey through divorce and an emotional and sexual reawakening. Love, laughter, friendships, family and heartbreak included. And there is sex, lots of it, so close your eyes and turn the page if that's not for you! While I started this blog as an endeavor to journal my thoughts and feelings in an attempt to better understand myself, it has become an amazing platform from which I have met some of the most interesting and wonderful people in my life. My path is often crooked, but I hope you will share in the journey with me.

25 thoughts on “Dating in the Slow Lane”

  1. Hahahahaha! It’s frustrating isn’t it. I haven’t had good sex in over ten years. And the last 6 of those sex didn’t even exist! I’ve been celibate for so long that I even forgot what it’s like…hopefully my knight in shining armour will appear in a few years. Lol. I’m not ready for him just yet.

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  2. Sex. Sex, sex, and more sex. Lord, it sometimes sucks to be a woman in her 40s. I feel like I’M chasing my husband around like a teenage boy in heat. He doesn’t seem to mind, but I can’t help remembering how I was the one who was so eager to lose my virginity with him way back then.

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      1. Yeah, I’m not sure he wants to keep up. I’ve been meaning to have a conversation about this with him. I don’t handle rejection very well. But I NEED more sex. LOL

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  3. I don’t see you as being afraid. I think you are figuring out how to apply the lessons learned to your next chapter. It’s not fear – it’s being a bit more pragmatic. As for sex – that will happen when the time is right. Keep exercising!

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    1. I am definitely afraid to get hurt again – what I feel now, and for so long – I don’t want to feel this way any time soon because of another broken relationship. I am afraid this can also prevent me from opening up fully the way I normally do…

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      1. I wish I could say I would try but I know myself too well. When he comes along I will probably fall too fast again. I didn’t fall in love with Bobby too quickly, but the choice was wrong from the beginning. Hopefully, ensuring I make better choices from the beginning will at least start me in a better path.

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