16 May Self-Discovery, In Being Single by Beth C Goldstein
When I was younger, I was NEVER single. I started dating my future husband at 15. We were together until I was 34. After the divorce, I started dating multiple guys, one after another. I rushed into one unhealthy relationships after another, just to be in a relationship. It’s all I knew. I didn’t have a clue as to what I liked or didn’t like in a partner. I didn’t have a clue as to what I liked or didn’t like about myself. That was a long time ago. Things have changed drastically in my life. I am single and I am LOVING it. Who knew that being single could be so freeing. So peaceful. It was in 2015 that I put the brakes on dating. I decided that I was going to ‘date’ myself. I was going to get to know me. An unexpected thing happened, I fell in love. I fell in love with me. I decided that I would be intentional. Intentional about listening to what people said about me. What I heard didn’t resonate right away. It took some time to believe the descriptive words that I was hearing. I heard that I was strong. I heard that I was a great friend. People said that I was loyal, fun, and sensitive. I discovered that I was appreciated, I was valued, and that I mattered. I am loved and I love people for who they are now. I am more present with people. I take my time and listen. I’ve also learned how to share in a genuine and authentic way.
I made some of the closest friends that I have ever had. I have belly laughed without regard. I learned how to allow myself to be vulnerable without fear. Fear of being left. Fear of being lonely. Fear of being crushed beyond repair. What I found is that I am quite capable of taking care of Beth.
I discovered that I LOVE being alone. I delight in having quiet time. Reading, meditating, and yoga are all things that gave me insight into who I am. I love happy people who like to laugh, are active, and enjoy being outdoors. Cooking for my friends and family is a way that I show love. I love trying new things. Since 2015 I have gone skydiving and white water rafting. I did a Warrior Dash and traveled to hike new mountains!
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