“He’s not your prince charming if he doesn’t make sure you know that you’re his princess.”
― Demi Lovato
Dear Girl from the Bar,
I’m sure you don’t remember me. But I certainly remember you. In fact, I don’t think a day has gone by since I saw you over a month ago that you haven’t crossed my mind.
“Saw you?” Hmmm. That’s probably not the right term. “Stalked you” might be more like it. I could not stop watching you. You commanded my attention and it has taken me weeks to figure out why that is. That’s why I’m writing you this letter today.
I’m sure you didn’t notice me. I was the girl sitting with the other wives/girlfriends of the band. We weren’t typical attendees of this particular bar, so we sort of grouped together in our little corner – just there to watch the guys in our lives do what they love. But I couldn’t help but notice you. I’m not sure at what point it was that you caught my attention exactly. I just know that at some time during the night, I started watching you paying an awful lot of attention to some guy.
Now, see, I’m a people watcher. When I first noticed this attention you were giving this guy, I assumed you were a couple. Why wouldn’t I? You were draped across him, rubbing his back, standing right next to him…things like that. But the more I watched, the more I started to see that my initial assumption was incorrect.
This guy just flat out didn’t like you.
I know that may sound harsh, but I have to call it like I see it. The more you touched him, the more he pulled away. The more you asked him to dance, the more he seemed to not want to. You would practically barge your way into his line of sight, and he would physically turn his body so that he wasn’t looking at you.
Now, I know that sometimes it’s easier to see things when you’re “out of the box” so to speak. I know that maybe my vantage point called for a better view than yours, but surely you couldn’t have been entirely immune to this treatment. Could you?
I even saw you kiss him at one point, for Heaven’s sake. The guy was completely taken aback. By this point, you had become a laughing stock among he and his friends. Once you turned your back to him, he made a show of wiping the kiss off of his face and laughing with the guys about it. I don’t know how else to tell you this, other than to just come out and say it…
You made an absolute fool of yourself.
Now, why have you stayed on my mind? Why have I thought of you almost daily since that night? Why did your embarrassing scenario strike such a chord with me?
Oh, I know why.
Lord, honey, I’ve been there. I’ve soooo been there.
Now, granted, I’ve never planted a kiss on a stranger at a bar, per se. And I suppose I’ve never exactly thrown myself at a guy I barely know. But you know what I have done?
Stayed somewhere I wasn’t wanted.
I have hung around in relationships way past their expiration date. And why? Because I was idiot. Like you. (No offense.) I thought if I just tried a little harder, maybe he’d finally see me. You know? If I just did this a little better, or that a little better, maybe then he’d finally realize I was worthy of his attention. Of his affection. But you know what?
It never worked. Not once.
I wonder what happened when you got home. Did you cry? Did you wonder what you did wrong? Did you wonder what’s wrong with you? Oh yeah, been there. I’ve looked at myself in the mirror with such confusion and hatred before that it was scary. I’ve picked myself apart…my fuzzy curly hair, my flawed complexion, my crooked teeth. I’ve yelled at myself for being too outspoken, too demanding, too talkative. Too this. Too that. I’ve been more mean to me than anyone else ever has. And why did I do that?
Because some guy didn’t like me.
Some stupid, inconsequential guy. I let a stranger’s value of me replace my own value of myself. I adopted their view of me and replaced it for my own.
What an idiot I was. What an idiot you are.
Anyway. I know you won’t see this. I know you don’t remember me. But again, I just wanted to let you know that you’re on my mind. I wanted to let you know that for a moment, our lives crossed, and I saw myself in your defeat. You reminded me of how I never want to feel again. You reminded me of how ridiculous it is to place my worth in someone else’s hands.
You reminded me that when I’m loved, I’ll know it. I won’t have to chase it. It will chase me.
And better yet, you reminded me that the real love I should be worried about – is the love I have for myself.
Thank you for crossing my path. I hope you learn to love yourself one day too.
One Who Gets It
[P.S. You are waaaaay too good for that guy. He was a dork.]
“When your self-worth goes up, your net worth goes up with it.”
– Mark Victor Hansen