Microwave Love Isn’t For Me
No wonder relationships don’t last, and dates are so short-lived. A lot of us want that microwave love. It’s all pre-packaged and ready to go within 30 seconds. In our fast-paced lives, we don’t want to slow down, mute the distractions, and cultivate our relationships. We don’t want to invest the time and effort needed to really learn and understand someone. As a result, once you open the package, the picture on the box is hardly the way it really looks inside. Yet we’re shocked. It was a 30 second meal! What did you expect? We want slow-cooked taste, in 30 seconds or less. We want a 5-star restaurant feel, in drive-thru efficiency. And, we will keep getting the same bad tasting, falsely advertised, negative results… until we learn that nothing worth having comes pre-processed.
Slow Cook Your Dating Experience
When it comes to dating, most of us want the result to end in companionship (or marriage). So why in the world do we expect symmetry to occur without doing the, “work” involved?
You know what? Let’s not use the word, “work.” Let’s say, “process.” Because, while dating, you are going through a process. A process that cannot be on microwave speeds. This process is slow-cooked.
Remember, you are getting to know an entirely new being that comes with new experiences, personality traits, pet peeves, habits (good and bad), etc. So, that process takes time. The amount of time is relative, but no matter who it is, they will need, “time” to get to know, and understand. A rapport needs to be built. Channels of communication need to be established. You simply cannot get to know someone on microwave speeds. Slow-cooking is the only way.
Step 1: Let It Marinate
Like Martin Lawrence says…”let it marinate.” Let your dating experience, “soak.” Let all the seasoning absorb. This way you will have time to process what you’re doing, and what you’ve learned. As a result, you will make better decisions about moving forward.
Also, this will give you the necessary time to appreciate the process of getting to know a new person. So many people say…”I can’t stand starting over.” Trust me, I totally get that. However, if you make dating fun, it can be a worthwhile experience. Enjoy the conversations before the date. Get as much information as you can to learn about the other person (make sure you ask the necessary questions listed here )… then, “let it marinate.”
Step 2: Pre-Heat Your Oven
Now is the time where you will prepare for the first date. If you did your homework, asked questions, provided information, shared and opened up freely, you should have a good idea of who it is you are about to go on a date with.
If you spent enough time in marinate-mode, you should feel a bit more at ease about spending time with this person. Anxiety will always be there, don’t worry, it’s normal. However, the amount of time wasted on dating will be limited since you are on slow-cooker speed, vs microwave.
As daters, we tend to have a few conversations and jump straight into romantic situations (microwave speed), when, we need to cultivate first, to see if this person is even a good complement for us. They could be a good person, but this doesn’t mean they are a solid match for us.
Step 3: Slow Cook The Process
When I say, “slow,” I don’t necessarily mean, “go-slow.” I mean, take your time. So, the time that it takes is totally up to you. Just don’t microwave through the process and expect the results to be same as slow-cooking.
When you slow-cook food, the seasoning is allowed to penetrate. The meat becomes tender and more flavorful. We all know, there’s nothing like a slow-cooked meal.
That being said, make sure you don’t let the, warm-and-fuzzy feelings get the best of you. Stay focused on the goal, and always keep things in perspective. Discuss your goals and aspirations, pet peeves, your family, and most of all, talk about how a relationship looks to you. Give the other person a detailed account of what you need (and some of what you want). You probably shouldn’t do all of this on the first date, and hopefully you’ve discussed a lot of these things before going out. However, if you didn’t, make sure you ask some of the most important questions, and generate conversation around them. Don’t get, too serious. Do what feels right in the flow of the dialogue between you two.
Lastly, laugh, and laugh some more!
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