I remember back in the old days when friends said to me "I don't want a relationship right now" I did not understand, and simply could not believe them What? you're not searching for ever lasting love? you don't want kids and a family? are you gay? but not out yet? Have you no libido?
I'm not saying I understand it now, or can offer any explanation, but I am now suddenly and inexplicably in that place.
If my libido has not actually disappeared, it is at least in hiding, and I find what I see out there to say the least very unappealing. I was married for 16 years to Simon who was (and is) a rather good looking guy, tall slim, fit, great bone structure, lovely head of naturally blonde hair... Why would I want to even think about making out with some out of shape bald middle aged guy?
I really don't want a domestic relationship for (at least) three reasons
(1) The whole property settlement twice in 5 years thing has left me defensive of my assets - such as they are
(2) I don't want to impose Connor on anyone - he's spoilt and difficult and takes up all my time
(3) I am relishing making it on my own for the time-being as hard as it is
And I don't even know what I do want. Just some social life with the chance to flirt with some nice men, and maybe at sometime in the future very occasional sex with a weekend lover who is good at fixing things.
I know this may all be about me, and my issues with trust, having spent the last four years with a sex addict and then seen first hand how unfaithful a married man can be. Probably I am protecting myself but for now at least it feels like a safe and comfortable place to be.