How do i get things sorted
The problem with working less and socializing more is that the time you want to embark on a relationship is usually the time when you need to work more, or all hours, to meet the bills, save up for a deposit on a house, pay off the student loan, carry the initially high mortgage payments, start a pension fund etc. Or, having embarked on a relationship, to do all that and get self, partner, house etc ready for kids.
My marriage failed for various reasons, wrong choice of partner being the main one, but in retrospect I realize that maybe I could have worked less and spent more time on home matters. But if I hadn't done that, we wouldn't have kept our heads above water financially. Catch-22.
And now, finally, being in a reasonably solvent position, I'm too crusty and set in my ways to want to start a relationship anyway. Not to mention the way the divorce laws operate if it all goes pear-shaped.
So I'm unattached and tbh quite happy about that. If Ms Right heaves into view, then fine, if not, then also fine.
The main thing is not to look too hard. Women can smell desperation.
I'm am a workaholic and find the time with colleagues somewhat more rewarding than trying to do other things Yes I know its a comfort zone thing
The have had some steady relationships but nothing that has ignited a spark in me and work has acted as a crutch at times plus given me somewhere to hide
I work shifts which somepeople struggle to cope with but I enjoy them and they are difficult to give up
I'm at the point were I would like to settle down (late 30's) but just don't see anything happening
Technically, you don't need to be good at relationships, you just need to be slightly less than crap at one particular relationship
And every relationship that goes belly-up could be taking you closer to the one that won't - so don't give up!
Speaking as a divorcee now in another significant long-term partnership, I learnt so much from my earlier failed relationships (the marriage especially) that it has had a positive effect on my current relationship, which is far from perfect; I've just learnt to cope better with conflict and be more open about my own personality and life-style failings (of which there are many - working hours and running being two major stumbling blocks).
And should this one not go the distance (and there are absolutely no guarantees in this world), I hope I would pick myself up, take what I've learnt forward and try again.
I hope I don't come across as a sanctimonious little so-and-so, but all relationships require some hard work from time to time, and compromises. But when it becomes all about hard work and squashing yourself to fit in to keeping the relationship going, then maybe that's the time to call it quits.
And now I'm rambling, so I'll stop
I've found that relationships are over rated, especially marriage
But if you don't try then you won't find this out.
Oh and working all hours is even worse, cos when you do find love [and you will] she will love spending all that money you've accumulated over the years
I'd not subscribe to the "if at first you don't succeed, give up because it's obviously a bad thing" view on married relationships. Ultimately a marriage is supposed to be a place of security where each individual has the safety to grow and be more comfortable with themselves and their environment, because of the encouragement and nurture of the other.
I did say supposed, because that's not how many people approach these things. If you look at any relationship in terms of what you can get out of it, then it's not going to go the distance.
I'd say think very carefully about what priorities you have in life. Then live according to them. If a partner is not your priority and you're unwilling to make sacrifices for their happiness, then you have to be satisfied with something less. At least it's your call.
Stop thinking about it...
I was worried I'd be perenially single, and 2.5 years after meeting by chance on a soap forum (don't ask) we were out looking at engagement rings yesterday!
Be nice, be yourself.
There's a man out there in his late 30's, into running, with a steady job and looking for a serious relationship?
You'll be telling me there are unicorns next! I bet if you could see the number of hits on your profile that half the females on the forum have been trying to work out where you are.
Sorry, that's not much help, but I thought it might cheer you up.
It is indeed a world of abundance.
Fancy organising a social?
Running Rodent wrote (see)
I bet if you could see the number of hits on your profile that half the females on the forum have been trying to work out where you are.
Johnny Blaze wrote (see)
It'll probably happen when you least expect it - like shingles
I'd like some notice so I can iron a shirt and have a hair cut.
Oh you mean Slowfoot meeting someone, not a social
*pulls up sofa, pops Pringles and cracks open a beer*
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