Oh my good lord, POD POD POD POD to almost all.
I want to tell people the following:
I am in my mid 40s and have been divorced for years
My kids are grown ( I started very young - they are 26 and 29)
I have grandkids
I now have a position at work that requires travel and my home office is near my home town. This means free
trips home, quarterly, which I greatly
enjoy and appreciate.
I have friends to hang out with and love my pets very much, despite them being a handful. (The friends AND the pets)
All of the above, for me, means I am totally
fulfilled. Yes, really. No, I'm not in denial. I do not need to be pitied, doubted, condescended to, or told that "I just haven't met the right man yet." On the contrary, I was married for 15 years and in an on-off re-lationship for 12. I am done. Please believe me. Please don't say, "but...but..." as it only makes me dig my heels in more.
Never say never, of course - but for now, I am content and all good as a singleton. Even if it means forever. Please leave me alone.
And with that, I realize I went off on a rant and made it all about me. Sorry, guys.