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Matt77 Posted: 05:05 Jun11 2022 Post ID: 3458227
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WARNING: Essay post incoming.

As you all know I have been away for a few months due to work + post-grad studies + other stuff. I was basically putting all of my energy between those 3 things, and that's why SuperCheats fell into the background.

This 'other stuff' refers to a lot of thoughts. A combination of:
- What is my long-term future?
- Will I ever be in a relationship/long-term relationship?
- Will I ever gain independence?
- I need more interesting hobbies in my life

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During high school & university I never even considered dating. At the time I didn't need it, and didn't have a need to 'be with someone'. I was quite happy on my own, and it gave me more time to focus on study and hang out with friends. But when I started working full time, lots of the people at work had long-term relationships, and it got me thinking a lot about my future.

I am socially awkward when first meeting people. Pretty bad really. Once I know people I am generally fine, but it makes introductions hard. So to me dates with strangers, blind dating, or dating apps have little appeal to me. Then you combine it with the fact I am very self-conscious, even about small things which shouldn't be an issue at all.

The Issue:

Now the actual issue. Because in the past I hadn't considered relationships, this didn't tend to happen (only happened with one friend). But out of the blue I got a crush on someone at work. Logically it is pointless, since:
1. I don't want a relationship yet (just considering the idea)
2. They are in a long-term relationship
3. There is a 2% chance they will reciprocate, and probably a 25% chance they would actually like me

But I can't shake it off. So much about them is great in my eyes. Nice, funny, doesn't take things too seriously, & has a great smile. I am torn with what to do to make it fade away:
1. Try ignore/avoid them as much as possible and try not think about them at all - Is possibly the best option, but it also means not talking to the person and possibly making them uncomfortable too
2. Keep floating along, sometimes avoiding them, sometimes thinking about them a lot, and hoping that time will solve the problem - Is what I am doing at the moment, but it is not working yet. When they aren't around at work I feel sad, and when they are around I feel guilty like I shouldn't be thinking about them, but also happy that they are there
3. Talk to them a lot, think about them all the time & do this too much so that they become 'boring' or less interesting - This probably wouldn't work, but it could also make the crush go away by making it 'old news'

To add some context, the crush appeared soon after I accidentally/intentionally (in my drunken state) shared a personal secret with them. So it was confusing at first because I wondered whether it was just a friendship appearing because of a secret shared.

Does anyone have any advice? If not, this thread has still been a good venting tool xD

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Sanzano Posted: 16:53 Jun11 2022 Post ID: 3458233
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To be honest Matt, if the person you like is already in a long term relationship it is probably better if you steer clear. You don't want to get mixed up in a messy triangle, it will be more grief than what it is worth.

I promise you if you go about your daily life making an effort to socialize with friends and workmates after work and at weekends you will meet the perfect person you have been looking for when you least expect it. Ideally you want to be free when it happens so if I were you I wouldn't waste your time getting caught up in a love triangle that is going nowhere and will probably lead to you getting hurt. You're young Matt, there's no rush, just let things happen naturally.

As for a hobby, I found Martial Arts to be interesting and a great way to meet new people and make friends. There's something about contact sports and training with the people that participate in them that creates a lifelong bond. Team sports like Football and Rugby also has this, but solo sports like Tennis, Squash, Golf, Chess etc don't.

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steelersrock01 Posted: 23:16 Jun11 2022 Post ID: 3458236
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Dennis is spot-on here. This is a crush on a person already in a relationship. Perfectly normal, it's happened to me dozens of times. But definitely not a position where you would want to make a move. It'll only end in hurt feelings. In my own life I've noticed this kind of thing happens to me when I'm feeling especially lonely. I'll have a friend that's a girl and talk to her casually and then eventually catch feelings and agonize over it like you are now. What I've come to realize is that I'm not actually "in love" with these girls - what I'm doing is building up a romanticized, idealized version of this girl in my head, a persona I can imagine being with, living with, loving, if I only had the courage or whatever to make a move. This is not true. Don't let yourself dwell on what "could be" with this woman who is in a committed relationship and hasn't shown concrete signs of liking you romantically. Don't mistake her being friendly with reciprocating feelings - it'll just make you agonize over it further.

Crushes like this are perfectly normal, especially if you're young and inexperienced. But in this case I would definitely try and do a little reflecting and see if pursuing these feelings makes sense. I would recommend just letting it lie - dive into other hobbies, keep yourself busy, don't let your mind drift to her - and in a short time these feelings will fade and you'll realize it was just infatuation.

Besides all that, I really do not recommend dating people within your workplace. Can get messy.

You're very young. Dennis is right - if you go out and get a little more casual experience and socializing under your belt I think you'll find these types of feelings will eventually feel a little silly.

As for hobbies, I don't have a ton of advice. If you want them to be social, casual sports leagues are good. To be honest, it is kind of hard to really make friends once you leave the school environment. I struggle with it myself. I've recently gotten into drawing maps and writing a bit. I still like video games. But I'm a little older and have my established, probably lifelong, friend group already.

Also, always good to see you around here (:

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Matt77 Posted: 03:48 Jun12 2022 Post ID: 3458239
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I have been doing social tennis roughly once a week with friends. Most of us are at the same (low) level which is good. That has been going well, but at a similar time that the crush appeared, tennis wasn't happening for a few weeks. It is back on now though.

I probably should've mentioned that I have zero intention of pursuing anything. The chance of them reciprocating would be almost zero even if they weren't in a long-term relationship. In that regards there was no issue. The issue is that even though I know nothing will happen, the feelings still don't go away.

Thanks for the advice guys.

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Sanzano Posted: 09:04 Jun12 2022 Post ID: 3458242
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Hope things work out for you Matt, more often they do, you just need to be patient and grab the opportunities when they present themselves. Trying to force something that is not there tends to lead to a disaster.

Tennis is a good sport, put yourself in a doubles league with a friend and offer to buy your opponents a drink in the clubhouse after the game. Talk about the game to break the ice and see where it leads. You never know, you might get invited to a party or another get together with people you have never met before. You just never know who's going to turn up, that to me was always the exciting part. I wouldn't recommend online dating agencies, the people that go on those do so for a laugh or for casual sex.

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Warrior13 Posted: 17:16 Jun12 2022 Post ID: 3458249
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Yeah, just gonna reiterate what the other guys have already said. If they are in a relationship, definitely stay clear. If they become available, maybe try to pursue something. If you ultimately have a chance with them, I will caution about workspace romances. Could create a hostile environment if falls apart, and you don't want that ruining a job you like. But as on now, it sounds like you are doing what's best.

I've had a few things here or there, but I haven't found the one either. Clearly older than you, Matt, and I, too, have had the thought about not finding someone. Honestly, a lot like you in how I don't necessarily think I need to be with someone. But then again, mine has a lot to do with not settling. I'm plagued by my ways of a perfectionist, even though I know such a thing isn't possible in an imperfect world. Plus, my sisters have all settled, and that has put a sour taste in my mouth. And then you throw the other regular factors of trivial stuff.

As you know, Matt, I like to write in my spare time. Wish I was playing football, my first love, but it wasn't in the cards. Writing is a nice escape for me, but sometimes I can't turn my head off. I think all the time, and it can sometimes get in the way (especially when mix with, again, my perfectionist ways). Anyway, I would suggest finding a way to decompress and relax, something you enjoy doing.

We're always here for you. ;)

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