I just got off the phone with Harley. I love that he is not intimidated by me. He notices my idiosyncrasies and plays off of them. He doesn’t take me too seriously, which is a relief. What I mean is that when I give him funny looks or dirty looks, he isn’t phased.
This is in stark contrast to the last person I dated, who prodded me to be “more expressive.” Little did he (or I?!) know that I wasn’t the problem…he was.
Anyway, I brought my son to work this afternoon. Harley happened to ride his “bike” today, so he took Baby Bear down to see it. Baby Bear needs a second nickname for this kind of situation. I will call him Salaar, which last I knew, means warrior in Arabic. I purposefully stayed in my office and let them do their guy thing. I’m not really into testosterone and motorcycles and all that stuff, but I respect that Salaar needs his fix, growing up with only his brainiac mother.
Anyway, Harley called me at work at 7pm because he knew I would be here. I’m normally not here this late, but he had a feeling.
Oh, I started writing this post with a point and then forgot what it was. I wanted to bring something up. In the past, I would NOT have dated Harley. I think I may have mentioned this before…it’s because he is a nice guy. He definitely has an edge about him that makes him appealing, but he is the kind of guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. But he has a level of confidence that balances it out.
Dang, I’m tired. My POINT is that I don’t know if it’s something about Harley or something about me…I suspect it’s about me? AttainingMe and Cremello have talked about this…about not wanting to date guys if you think you will break their heart. I’ve always been like this, too. I have passed up dating quite a few nice guys because I knew that if anyone was going to get their heart broken, it would definitely be them.
With Harley, I know it will be him that will get his heart broken if things get “deep” and then don’t work out. I totally have the upper hand in this situation. But, I’m consciously choosing not to run away. I’m not going to pass up this opportunity to explore getting to know someone because I might hurt them. I am proclaiming that it is not my responsibility to shelter his heart from pain. I do have a responsibility to be honest and gentle with him, as I would with anyone else, but I cannot take responsibility for protecting his heart from the risk of loss or rejection.