Conscious Dating

There was a time
Relationships matured like wine
They always blossomed into something concrete
And the circuit would always be complete

Those were innocent days
And people had honest ways
But times have changed
Just like marriages are less arranged

I grew up believing if they've had more than one
They're Casanova, womanizers or just for fun
So, everyone should end up with their childhood sweetheart
And there would be no replacement for that part

Love was meant to be eternal
Feelings were never expected to be situational
Engagements were supposed to be perpetual
And love was never meant to be conditional

There was a time
I thought it were a crime
If you broke up with someone
I'd point at them with the judgement gun

But, today I look around and see
Most married people aren't really happy
Most committed people are actually miserable
Cursing themselves for that decision, feeling terrible

Most are just fulfilling their responsibility
Or habituated to the farce of stability
And then, they pray and wait for the other to die
Or their own spirits to ascend into the skies

If relationships don't culminate into marriage
And thereafter, within a year or two - a carriage
It's wrong, apparently
And unacceptable to society

Even worse, if you walk out of something toxic
They'd rather prefer you suffer being hypoxic
Instead of breaking off an engagement or marriage
The trauma is worse than that associated with a miscarriage

But, today I believe 'conscious dating' could be the solution
As long as people have similar expectations 
And since nothing really can be guaranteed or a permanent decision
People should regularly review their expectations and emotions

Life is not a race
And if you don't produce kids, it'll not be a waste
There's so much more to life
Than just acquiring a husband or wife

Dating should not be rushed with intent to marry only
But, you and your partner must be in sync with intentions honestly
There's nothing wrong with two cosenting adults
As long as your expectations match each other's pulse

The problem arises when there is dishonesty
Because someone's going to get hurt surely
If you want an open relationship or an open marriage, don't lie about it
There are plenty of people who would prefer honesty to a hypocrite

Do you desire to have children?
Or will it be siuational-dependent?
Always discuss things like the expected living situation
As fundamental differences can cause a lot of frustration

There are many things that can work with sacrifice and adjustment
But fundamental differences can drain the soul leading to discontentment
Sure, most things really cannot be planned
But if your partner has the maturity, discuss aspirations beforehand

So, I came up with this concept of 'conscious dating'
It involves reviewing your own and the other's feelings
Checking out fundamentals and conducting an expectations match
So there's lesser hurt, better closure, and understanding in case you detach

Honesty is always the best policy
You can't build a relationship on fallacy
And even if you're in it just for the fun
Find someone with similar motives, why hurt innocent ones!

People expect different things at different stages in their lives
It doesn't mean a man's bad if he is unlikely to take a wife
But, if he is certain he doesn't want a relationship with emotion
He must find someone with similar motives and expectations

In fact, I feel it is foolish to enter into a relationship with absolute commitment
When you attach labels instantly to the wrong person, it could be malignant
If one is open to a commitment, in case things graduate well
As long as things develop positively and the other person doesn't feel compelled

Why not, sure, put a label on it
But there's no reason to rush to comit
Until then, concentrate on being and making each other happy
Prioritize your goals, yourself, your career, education, and family

And when you feel you found the right person 
Go ahead, think, and make a rational decision
Think about their speech, routine, habits, lifestyle, beliefs, principles, values, and goals 
Their nature, personality type, expenses, social network will affect your living situation on the whole

We usually have greater tolerance towards things that are temporary
But when we share a living space, tiny quirks disrupt the peace within our sanctuary
It becomes more essential to recognize red flags
Before you attach hardcore labels or irreversible tags

But, once you decide to comit
You must see that you fulfil your bit
Because feelings can be fleeting
But, a commitment is about decision-keeping

Because it's a whole lot more painful when you make promises
A lot of collateral damage to extended and innocent provinces
It's better to take your time before you make that decision
Identify red flags, figure out what is negotiable and what needs immovable precision

If you fall out of love, or feel unsatisfied emotionally, mentally, or even physically
Address those issues, attempt to resolve them or/and walk out gracefully
You have an option, a viable exit strategy
You don't owe your life to a broken or miscalculated fantasy

Delayed or non-commitment does not imply your partner does'nt value you
It does not necessarily mean they are cheating, playing around, or rejecting you
They may just have too many things on their plate
Maybe your'e not a priority, maybe you are; that's your debate

But, it does not necessarily mean the person is not invested in you
They may have professional aspirations, personal commitments, that too
Relationships are a two-way street
Until you're married, nothing's concrete

If it gets monotonous or you're not happy anymore
Until you're commited, you have freedom to walk out that door
Whatever you do, be honest, convey your feelings and thoughts openly
Respect the other person; don't stab, cheat or hurt anybody
- RUELHA
www.ruelha.com
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7 Comments

  1. OMG Rue i Love So Many

    Women FRiEnDS Yet It’s
    True i Love Them The Way

    “The Neutered Story Version
    Of Jesus Loved Mary Magdalene”

    Like Angels in Heaven Touching Wings

    The Color oF LiGHT It’s True i Was Just Telling

    One of my Long Term FRiEnD’s of 6.6 Years Now

    A Wife of A Southern Baptist Preacher How Loving

    Her Eyes Are and Katrina Agrees She is Slim And Beautiful

    And Yes i Told Her i Love Her Yet if She Stood Before me Naked
    i Would See Her

    No Different than

    Clothed Yet Oh

    Lord Every Instance

    Katrina Gets Unclothed

    How i Still Lust After Her
    at age 51 the Same way
    i Did Hehe at Sweet 19

    Back when i Was 29

    And Sure

    She Has
    Even More of
    A Gorgeous Body
    Now Filled Out a Bit
    HAha in all The Great! Places…!

    True my Favorite Porn is Literally

    Wife Porn Haha It’s So Easy to Tell

    You This Now That i See How Open

    Minded You Are Out of Respect of Not

    Offending You With SMiLes Isn’t

    Honesty the Best Policy

    In Truth of DarK
    Thru LiGHT Yes

    The Best Relationships

    Are Based on 100 Percent
    Honesty With No Lies Yet of
    Course That New Outfit Katrina
    Bought At Belk’s Looks Just Perfect
    Hehe in that Color that Doesn’t Appeal
    to me too Much With SMiLes.. True a Tiny
    Bit of Room For White Lies too in Do Least

    (Although That Line is Fictional She Has Perfect
    Taste in All the Clothes She Wears Just Perfect)

    Harm Cause You Love the Other Person and
    Want them Always to Feel Happy About Their
    Free Choices in Life that Do Least Harm for All

    Anyway i Had to Cover my Eyes A Bit When i Saw
    Your Veiled Belly Button as i am a Little bit Shy

    And in Some Instances Tend to Get a Little

    Awkward Feeling How Sensitive

    i Will Be About Seeing a

    Good FRiEnD’s

    Belly

    Button

    When Ya Kinda
    Least Expect to
    See that Next HAha…

    Yet True There is Nothing
    You Could Do that i Would
    Negatively Judge You For Now

    (Dear “i Dream of Jeanie” From that Old
    TV Show Out of A Magic Lamp in the 60’s
    Who had to Wear High Wasted Tights as

    Women in the United States Were Not
    Allowed to Show Their Belly Button on TV

    Oh My Gosh that’s So Hard to Believe Now)

    As It’s True my Good FRiEnD
    Voted For Donald Trump And i
    Love Her the Same As If She

    Voted Democrat HAha God Yes

    Be Free Be A Bird on a Wing

    And i Realize this May

    Be All A Fictional

    Story and

    i May Not
    Really Be Seeing
    Your Veiled Belly Button Hehe…

    Generally Speaking Creative Folks
    Are At Core Very Liberal or they may
    Be Just Trying to Conform for What
    CuLTuRE And or Religion Expects of them…

    i’m Really

    Happy to

    See You So Free

    To Be Who You are Dear FRiEnD

    That Makes me Very Happy Indeed..

    That’s What Love is Happy Most when A FRiEnD is Happy..

    Or A Stranger or A Real Bird on A Wing Escaping A Cage to Be Free…

    Anyway i Remember The First and Only Time You told me You Loved

    me So Innocently As A FRiEnD in Respect for How i am Able to Love

    Unconditionally And it made me Feel Like You Really Saw Who i am Deep Down

    That Really

    Touched

    my HeART

    i’ll Never Forget it

    And i Guess That’s Part

    of why i Will Always Support What You do..

    It’s True Dear Rue i Love You Like A Neutered Jesus

    TRuE iT is When i Dance And Sing it is the Best Of All Versions of Love..:)

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  2. PS: The Theme Song of this
    Is “MoonLight Sonata”

    Yet it HaS A Whole

    Lot More Lyrics to
    Cover All 15 Minutes
    of Beethoven’s Piano Piece…

    In What i Describe As A New
    Version of A ‘Frednata’ Like i Do
    Fred Fu Instead of Kung Fu And

    Fredbun Instead of Haibun And

    Fredku Instead of Haiku Yet

    You May Already

    Realize

    it as i

    Am A Bit

    Different it seems..;)

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  3. Rue a nice post, ver y importante if you’re trust on yourself. Unfortunately social connotations.l’m 50 years old and single and could be a car in different way through the years. Marriage no chimera excerpt Hollywood films and enjoy. A keepsake in the blindness of love the wedlock opening your eyes!
    A big kiss and take care my indian orchid. Love Rue

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  4. You have written the truth, the most committed relationship becomes worse after some time and yes honesty is one of the best parts of love.If you can’t tolerate it is better to get out. Well shared🤗💓🎉

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  5. Very well reasoned, and also I believe, very true. No love can be completely perfect, but if there’s enough that alligns at the beginning, we can sometimes come to love even the imperfections. I do agree that we should never be pressured into love. It breeds unfound emotions which could fester to spiteful ugly things.

    Great post.

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