To those that know me very well, or even somewhat remotely well, to see or read of me putting out these kinds of details of my life, of my past, probably comes off as a shock, since I am anything but an open book, easy to read, not having to do much to see what's inside. I'm more of the locked diary... tucked under piles of books, with the key conveniently lost. Actually, though, what I do show here is but a few snippets of those memorable, and forgettable experiences. What I still keep inside is still a vast array of private memories, and many secrets yet to be revealed, and probably never to be revealed either. And yes, I do have a thing for metaphors... and I do have a thing for INOJ songs, each of which seems to tell the tale of one of my experiences. As if it was the words, or thoughts of those people.
To get to the beginning of it all, one must go back in time quite a
bit. Not quite as far back as I can remember though. Almost though, relatively
at least. It starts with a first time, of course.
"...sitting here thinking about the summer we shared, and how you went away, you never knew I cared..."
My first, she was something quite special. I also happened to be her
first. We were both young, I was twelve and she was actually a few years
younger than I. But in terms of personality, we had more than a few similiarities,
which I think always goes well when it comes to younger people. So, mix
that in with our totally youthful exuberance, energy, and foolishness with
some heavy (misplaced?) love, and that makes for quite a combination. Though
it was so long ago for me, I can still remember a lot of the experiences
with her quite vividly, almost as if they just happened yesterday. The
memories just get clearer the closer they are to the present day, though.
We just didn't really know what we were getting into, but once we got into
it, we were too much into it to realize we were both probably in over our
heads. Maybe we just weren't ready for it, "it" being a relationship. I
realized that, but only after we parted ways, physically but not mentally.
The "mental" separation, conveniently enough for me, came just about when
I discovered the presence of a second, after nearly a month when we started...
sure, I felt like a real a$$ for doing that to her, since she was definitely
still in love, but if anyone was going to say it was over, between us,
it was definitely going to be me. The distance factor eliminated repercussions
of any kind, which was somewhat of a benefit to me, but definitely not
for her. Sometimes, when I think about it, guilt does creep in for that,
but then again, how else was it going to be? How much could I have softened
the pain for her? How much better could I have made it for her? We never
saw each other or even talked to each other again until thirteen years
later, eerily almost to the month as well.
"...I'm falling out of love with you, I can't go pretending that I love you..."
The second, in a strange way, also marked a first for me as well, but
I'll get back to that later. As short as my first lasted, the second just
about obliterated the first in terms of brevity. What a roller-coaster
ride that one week of my life was. She was a beautifully cute girl, my
age, and had a great atmosphere about her (I don't know how else to put
it, you just want to breathe the air around her not because of her scent
or anything like that, but simply just because of the way she is),
I sometimes felt sick and dreary whenever I couldn't see her, but she was
a flirtatious tease. And, as you would probably guess, I discovered the
latter part of her qualities only when it was too late for me. Not that
I would've changed my path probably, of course, but one week of (in chronological
order) love, friendship, silence, silent hate, bitterness, break-up, and
her finding someone new almost immediately was almost too much for my young,
inexperienced heart to take. When it was over, it was as if I never knew
what hit me, but the hit definitely hurt, and hurt really bad. So bad,
in fact, that I deeply considered the thought of ending my life along with
the relationship. I'm not sure if the orthodontics and the hard times in
school had anything to do with it as well, but I definitely knew she was
the major reason. I wanted to hurt her, give her a heavy dose of the pain
to let her feel what it was like, and her being the cause of the death
of a human being, one she used to love, was the only way I could
think of to do it. I didn't do it, though I seriously considered it for
about two weeks, which was about twice as long as the relationship that
caused the feeling, so that should give you an idea of how dark those times
were to me. It took me a full two years to even think of getting into a
relationship again, but amazingly, we nearly reunited three years after
breaking up. And even more surprisingly, I actually seriously entertained
the notion just as much as she did. But we just didn't seem to have the
"chemistry" for a second time around though, and that was too much to overcome
even with a good two months or so of not-so-innocent flirting with each
other. After that though, we became extremely good friends for quite a
while, and even went on a date once.
"...we've been cool since we were kids, but I can't go on..."
She was a friend of mines for a long time before we got closer and,
if nothing else, my third was a bridge of the chasm that found itself in
my heart. Or, she represented the transition between two long uneventful
periods of time. It was more than two years since my second left me for
another, and it would be two years until I'd even see the fourth. I'm not
exactly sure why I got into this third relationship: she wasn't exactly
my type, after all. And I know I wasn't really her type. Maybe I
was just in need of a person to love and express my feelings to, and from
her point of view, I suppose there was this great, big mystery about me,
and she probably found that intriguing and interesting. But that's how
I am, really: I let a lot of my personality and emotions out at times,
but I tend to keep more than enough in the bag (of tricks!?) to spring
upon my small circle when I feel it's appropriate. And I have more than
a lion's share that's secret, much of it unknown to everyone but myself.
Not so much because I love to keep secrets to myself (I do, sometimes,
actually, but...), but because more often than not, I lack an understanding
ear to tell it to. Anyway, we didn't last very long either, about two weeks,
maybe because she got tired of peeling off a bunch of layers of me to find...
another set of layers to be peeled to reach the "true" me, whatever that
is. The one quality I remember most about her is that she was too "easy"
in a manner of speaking, you didn't have to do much to gain her affections,
she'd just give it to anyone who showed the interest. She left me for another,
but strangely, I felt nowhere near as depressed as I did with my second.
Maybe I was getting used to getting dumped? Or, trying not to sound too
cruel about it, maybe she didn't mean as much to me as my second? I think
that is the more probable reason. Maybe it was the friendship matter that
clouded things for us, but still, I don't think I could ever seriously
stay in love with someone who'd give her heart away at the drop of a hat.
Otherwise, there wouldn't be anything left for the real special person
in her life. We remained good friends after that, and to this day as well,
which is evidence that friends can still be friends after love.
"...I really don't want you to go away, take a little time to see I've changed, I really love you..."
It was, as I mentioned earlier, another two years until I met my fourth.
She was a pretty, shy, frail, yet loveable soul who captured my heart without
much effort on her part, which you'd have to call impressive since I was
her first boyfriend. Maybe two (or is it four?) years of just being one
of the guys had me just brimming with "lovey" feelings to give to someone
special, someone willing and happy to accept them. And that she was, for
about three weeks or so. This time, I was the one to call it quits, because
she simply would not level with me, she wouldn't ever be serious about
the relationship. She was decidedly younger than I, but the age difference
was an irrelevant issue, as you may discover as I go on... her inability
to take the relationship seriously was the problem. Not that I didn't enjoy
the time we had together, though. Heavy on fun, very light on mutual,
tangible feelings, that was the relationship between us in a nutshell.
It might have been just fine for her, but as for me, I needed a person
who would seriously accept all the love I had to give and wanted to show
her, not one who would just take it and play with it like some child's
toy like she did. Even with that though, it was extremely hard for me to
let go of her and my feelings for her, perhaps because I waited so long
to find another, which was her. Or maybe it was because I still cared for
her too much, even if it was hard to really determine if she cared about
me. But, as the two girls before her did to me, I left her for another.
She did not take it as well as I would've hoped, but she took it just about
how you would expect one to take it, which was badly, but acceptably. The
fact that I ended up with my fifth just days after breaking up with her,
and that she was actually a close friend of hers did not help. It was cruelly
funny how it seemed to me like she was willing to be a serious participant
only after I broke up with her. We never really said a word to each
other after that, ever. We probably would sometime, we just haven't had
the opportunity yet.
"...I'd rather be alone, than be in love with you..."
The fifth reminds me the most of my fourth, mostly because of our age
difference, circumstances, and the duration of our time together, but as
far as every other aspect goes, she was almost exactly the opposite. Brash
yet gentle, rough yet loving, she always seemed to combine the best aspects
of two opposite qualities. And she could be genuinely in a relationship,
and she could be a loving or as aloof as you'd want. She did have experience
in such matters, about the same as I at the time, so that could go a long
way in explaining why she seemed so much different than my fourth. And,
that was our downfall. She was simply too serious about "us", probably
twice as much as I was, and maybe even more than that. She was the only
girlfriend I had who would wonder aloud how good of a husband I'd be, who
our babies would look like, me or her. Though such talk didn't really scare
me at all, I did find it a bit awkward, somewhat out of place considering
that we didn't last together for very long. And, almost exactly like my
previous relationship, we lasted together for about three weeks. Though
we got along amazingly well for the most part, talking to each other quite
a lot in school, on the way home, and at home over the phone, that one
difference between us could not be overcome, by no amount of compromising.
And the thing was, I didn't necessarily want to break up with her just
because of that, because I felt that the good things we had going together
were just too, well, good to give up just because of one small, but significant
difference. But, she didn't feel that way, I guess her thinking was that
if you weren't going to have anything substantial, something "fruitful"
happen from it, why bother? And, she didn't take very long to let me know
what it was that she felt, and that we should part ways because of that.
I took it pretty hard, since I felt that up to that point it was the best
relationship I'd been in and it was extremely tough for me to just let
it go, but I wasn't suicidal about the break-up, and I accepted the fact
after a while. We never so much as met eyes after that, and I'd say it'll
be that way between us for ever.
"...I like you, but I just don't love you, don't wanna leave you but I just can't please you..."
My sixth relationship started just as the remnant shards of my fifth
were almost gone from my mind. She was sweet, caring, and the only girlfriend
I'd ever had who was older than I. And I loved her with all my heart. I
guess I learned a lesson from my fifth, which was not to worry so much
about the future of things, just let the present be as good as it can be
and the future will follow suit. And the time I had with my sixth was precious,
memorable... and fleeting, in more ways than one. We were a hit from the
start, but then, like every song that becomes a hit (and even those that
don't), it gradually petered away into nothing. Near the end, which was
less than a month from our start, we had almost nothing to talk about,
nothing to do with each other, practically no relationship. And it certainly
wasn't my fault, I tried everything I knew of to keep us going... but it
either wasn't enough, or I was in a hopeless situation, depending on how
you look at it. For her to say outright that we were over would've been
overkill. But she didn't do that. Instead, she revealed the reason why
she was far less than an ideal girlfriend to me, and that was, I wasn't
her only boyfriend. I don't exactly know why she felt that she had to tell
me about that, we probably would've broken up in the natural course of
destiny if things had continued along their paths, and I had every indication
that it was going to end up that way anyway. Maybe she felt guilty, or
sorry for me. Well, if the relationship between the two of us was still
a warm, loving one as it was to start with, I might have considered staying,
seriously. Love is love, no matter how small the gestures, no matter how
you cut it. But I knew the love wasn't being cut, and I knew her love wasn't
going to me at all, not one bit. So, I ended it. Given a choice of taking
it or leaving it, I left it in a heartbeat, not even giving so much as
a second thought. It was definitely one of the unkindest cuts of my life,
or non-cuts? I knew it was far worse for me than my fifth, but not quite
as bad as my second. We see each other rarely, but always on the friendliest
of notes. On a couple of those rare occasions, I did get the sense that
she would've liked another chance, a chance to go through it honestly and
one-on-one, but severely infrequent meetings make for unlikely happenings,
and this was no exception.
"...I'll bet you really missed me, I guess you did by the look in your eyes..."
I became a boyfriend again about ten months after breaking up with my
sixth. And I went on to marry my seventh girlfriend, but as it turned out,
she wasn't really my last, which may come as a surprise to you. Devotion
and kindness were her most obvious attributes to me, as well as a seemingly
undying love showing through her pretty face. But it was probably her ability
to accept my love, and her affection for such love, that eventually brought
her to the pinnacle of my life. That, and the fact that I needed someone's
nearly constant presence and assistance to get through my college life
situation. We spent so much time together, shared so many things, went
to so many places, had so much fun together. Not that it was always happy
happy joy joy though, and not even close to that. We had several disputes,
arguments, whatever you call it, and much of it was of the serious nature,
especially early on. I can't even remember how many times either (and sometimes,
both) of us would threaten to end things, walk out, break up. But, those
bad times only served to keep us together even longer. How long? Long enough
to get married. Long enough to start a family. And long enough for me to
actually have a few relationships in between, as well. Am I the cheating
heart type? I have to admit the jury's still out on that, but... to speak
in defense of myself, those were completely accidental to begin with. To
speak against me, I really did nothing to stop them in their tracks. To
speak in defense of me again, I never asked for more than friendship from
someone else. To speak against me again, I wasn't exactly feeling guilt-ridden
when they asked for more, and I too often provided a little more, even
with both parties knowing the situation full well. You could call it a
nagging fault, or you could call it a strangely positive attribute, it
just depends on how you look at it. But from my viewpoint, it seems like
a bit of both, and practically running down the middle. Circumstances,
and the siren's song of other hearts, may strain the bond at times, and
even run me astray when times are really grinding, but in the end I always
seem to find my way back to her. We see and talk to each other just
about every day, to varying degrees.
"...so I'll be movin' on, in time you look and I will be gone, 'cause when I needed you, you were never there for me..."
Yes, I did have an eighth, and she wasn't even my last. I say I did
have that eighth now, but I honestly didn't know it then. I'll probably
go to my grave saying she was never my girlfriend, but everyone I know
says I was her boyfriend, but I guess I'm outnumbered by huge proportions.
So I'll include her here, for discussion's sake. A cute, bright, hardworking,
subtle, and sweet individual, she always had a goal to reach and would
go to the depths and beyond to attain them. To me, she was a friend, a
confidante, someone I could talk to for hours at a time, about the funniest
of things, the most serious of subjects, and affairs of the heart to boot.
To her, I was the same, and as I'd find out later, more. I wasn't aware,
but she considered me as her boyfriend. I had to find out from others,
but I found out, from seemingly everyone. In retrospect though, I probably
was as she said, sans the normal verbal "agreement". We saw each other
every day and night, and went out with each other quite often. We exchanged
secrets. We had fun, and thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with each other.
We were devoted to each other, we cared, we fretted about each other's
problems. We talked about everything that went on in both our minds. We
simply shared our lives for some time. After all, isn't that what a relationship
should be, how a good one really is? Since there was no "agreement"
to speak of, a break-up was nonexistent, and we just sort of drifted apart
when she moved away, in both personal and physical aspects. We still exchange
words on occasion, through e-mail.
"...so I'll call you 'round ten baby, we can be alone and get freaky on the phone..."
My ninth was, as a close friend of mines would call it, my "legend",
the one person from my past that I think of and remember the most. She
truly marked my inauguration into the virtual world in which I'm currently
almost fully immersed in, which is that of computers and the internet,
and more. I was just learning to communicate with the computer-phone line-internet
connection when I happened to start talking to one rather unique individual.
She came across as weird (in a good, magnetic way), understanding, and
caring person, who I wasn't really sure was a female at first because of
the distance between us and stories about such things in my mind. But I
overlooked that one question to find out that the person I was communicating
with was a genuinely caring soul, who loved certain things and hated others,
but the one thing I started to take notice of was her love for me. It took
me a while before she confessed that to me up front, and a little longer
for me to feel that way for her, but eventually it happened. And then,
the inevitable followed, which was a face-to-face, person-to-person, actual
date. Physically. As in, the real world. I had some fears about actually
meeting her, and if I would measure up to her standards physically. Well,
I correctly assumed that she felt similarly as well. Well, oddly enough,
as it turned out, we were, physically at least, soul mates. She loved guys
with my dimensions, and though I didn't think much in the physical sense
before, she changed my thinking with her proportions. Generally speaking,
we had identical body types. If love was all about just about matching
body types perfectly and nothing else, we probably would've gone on to
get married. And on top of that, in terms of personality, we were
so alike and got along so well, and even where we differed we simply exchanged
ideas, concepts, morals, you name it, we interacted on it, and occasionally
debated on it. And, aside from three dates, and one rather memorable phone
call, all of it was through computers, modems, and the internet. But what
our future with each other depended on was one significant thing, which
was my transfer to be close to her more, physically. I can't count the
number of times I leaned towards doing so, but chose not to, because I
felt that was too much to go through for one person, even a very special
one to me. We were never the same after my decision not to commit, but
we still stuck close as friends for a while, because we still had much
in common and lots to talk about which we could only speak of to each other,
after all. She still holds a high place in my heart, because my love of
hockey was initially planted by her, and she taught me a few lessons on
how to find the ideally intellectual, interesting, cool, and nice people
to converse with. I'll reveal that hockey has a big role in that, ask me
if you want to know more. We rarely talk to each other now, but when it
does happen the internet chats between us are of the highest quality you
could think of.
"...all I want is your love, can you give it to me?"
My tenth was something of a paradox for me. A woman just about my age
but just a bit younger, she reminded myself of a younger me, one that had
lots of love to give but no one to really give it to. So she chose me,
telling me straightforward, over e-mail, that she is in love with me, and
I didn't know why. Ask me about it now, I don't quite have an answer for
that. She had never met me in person (lucky her!) and only know of my existence
through the internet. She'd sent me a couple of pictures of her, and she
looks like she could've given my physical soul mate, my ninth, a good run
for her money. She was an extremely nice, cool, and deeply bright person
to talk to. She seemed to have no shortage of male acquaintances, on-line
and off. And she was single, to boot. So why me? I was married already,
had a baby (who she happened to adore, by the way), and was decidedly
unavailable. Nevertheless, she chose me, and I really have no regrets about
it. She was a best friend for me when I didn't have any really available
for "duty" at the time, she genuinely cared about me and my family, and
she loved hockey too (there it is, again). And she continued to be all
of that even after I told her, flatly, that I could be no more than a friend
to her. That really impressed me about her, that she could go on
unfazed by that. She still expressed her love for me in various forms,
and through the internet and all, how could I stop her? I couldn't, and
I probably shouldn't have thought of doing so, either. After all, her love,
unjaded by material things, unclouded by physical attraction, was like
a gift of the purest kind, and you should never refuse those, there are
enough people in the world taking from others, why should you stop someone
from giving something for once? I returned the gesture with my unconditional
friendship and genuine admiration for her, and we shared a strong bond
for about four months or so, a relative lifetime compared to my standards,
and much more "real" than some of my real-life relationships. She stopped
somewhat abruptly after that, but she still occasionally surprises me with
an online hug or kiss when I least expect it. I have no idea if we'd ever
meet in person.
So there you have it. Don't know if you'd say I've through a lot, or
just a little, but those are my experiences, and I wouldn't exchange them
for anything. Even with the bad things. Sometimes, I still do get that
sleepless, sick, and feverish feeling with someone constantly on my mind.
And if you do, try doing as I do, which is, realizing that you'd never
felt better or more inspired in your life.
"...time after time..."