Monday, August 16, 2010
On the Market
My brain is a funny thing. Once the initial frustration of ignorance wore off, I ran through a list of everything I'd done in my life that was successful: job hunting being the one that primarily stuck out in my mind. I haven't gone after many jobs that I truly wanted without reservation that I didn't land almost immediately. (If I didn't land them, it's their loss, not mine...of course.) I can honestly say that the ones that I didn't get all had a bit of doubt to them, whether or not I could actually do the work, wanted to make the drive, liked the people interviewing me, etc. But, when I put my mind to it and studied and practiced, I got it...with flying colors. So, why not pursue a relationship the same way?
I've decided to make myself more marketable...just as I would if I were in the job market. I intend to do things that will make me more attractive, on the inside and out, to catch the attention of those I'm interested in. I will do things that give me interesting conversation-starters, participate in activities that make me a more well-rounded and fascinating individual. I will focus on improving my looks and health by eating better and exercising more. I'll read books about relationships and my own personality so that I can learn about this crazy world of Singledom and how to navigate myself into Coupledom. I won't dress like I'm just rolled out of bed when I go to the grocery store anymore just in case I run into another Singleton who wants to know the best side dish for his dinner-for-one. You know the old saying...dress for the relationship you want. I'm going to tell everybody I know that I'm on the market and looking. 'Cause you know that other saying, it's not what you know, it's who you know.
But, although this is all well and good, it's like looking for a job with no destination in mind. Other than bars, I have no idea where to go out and seek Singleton men. I know Dr. Phil's "target-rich environment" philosophy, but are men really in hot pursuit of women while they're deciding which drill bit to buy at a Home Depot? Where, Singletons and Marrieds, can I go to "run into" Singleton men?