What Happened To Dating?

This is a new project that I am working on with Paula Morris.  Please check out the first article and feel free to comment!

 

What Happened To DATING?
I guess it would be extremely appropriate for me to define dating before I continue.  In my opinion, dating is how you get to know someone with whom you think you may be interested in pursuing a relationship.  Dating used to be the initial phase and was followed by exclusivity (becoming monogamous).  Then “talking” replaced “dating” and dating became exclusive.
Enough of the history lesson!  Nowadays, there is not much dating going on. People are going from hello to hookup!  It is amazing how little people may know about their sex partners.  The numbers of one-night stands that occur these days are exponentially higher simply because some people don’t know enough about their partner before sexual contact.  Now, I may be old fashioned, but I when I was dating, I wanted to know enough about a girl to make sure she had been a girl her whole life.  I mean, at least tell me your last name.  Show me some baby pictures or something!
Dating was an art form.  In most cases, a man had to formulate his “rap” to approach a woman who probably already knew whether she was impressed with him or not.  Regardless of how she felt, he was allowed to pursue and validate the things he said as truth.  This gave a woman the chance to prove the man to be Prince Charming or just another tired brother.
The fact is that because things can “go down” so quickly after two consenting adults meet, there is no time or reason for dating.  We have put the cart before the horse.  Now that we have entered the most private and precious part of someone’s life we have to backtrack and get to know him/her or completely leave him/her alone.  No wonder our relationships are so dysfunctional.
Another reason for the dysfunction is we haven’t been taught to date. Girls are taught how to land a guy to marry and guys are taught just the opposite. There is a huge gap in the education of our youth about how to have a successful relationship.  Where are the classes on that?
What happened to dating? It went out of style with parachute pants. If you are a woman and you want to date around “You’re a hoe”. If you’re a man and you want to date around “You’re a confirmed bachelor”. Now what’s wrong with this picture? The double standard rises up!! Ladies, there is nothing wrong with dating more than one man at a time. I don’t understand why women think there is something wrong with that. Now, clearly I am not saying it’s a good idea to have sex with all of them. That is not a good idea. But dating is a lost art. And I think we need to find it!
If the man isn’t committed to you, why the heck are you committed to him? Take the time to get to know more than one person. It’s not a sin or against the law. Dating should be fun and  it shouldn’t be a hassle. The best way to get to know a person is to date.
Let me caution you as Brian has: Sex changes every relationship. So before you complicate a relationship slow down and get to know the person first. There is no reason to make life harder.
In some ways, society has placed this pressure on women that they must be married by 25 or 30. Many marriages have ended because they did not take the time to get to know the person they were marrying. The divorce rate is high enough, let’s not add to it. Let’s take the time to get to know someone. Who knows? It might be fun!
Brian J. T. Watts is an educational consultant and an administrator.  He is the principal of an elementary school in Nashville and a public speaker who has spoken for youth, singles, married couples and mixed audiences.  He also conducts seminars for various groups with his wife.

Paula Sanders Morris is an educator and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Our Faith Channel. She conducts workshops on Business Marketing, Music Ministry and living on purpose. She is a mother of twin daughters.

Committment Issues

Why do we humans have such problems with sticking to a task?  I started this blog over a year ago, but I have not written a blog for many months.  I thought that I would be a serial blogger by now, but I am not!

On a more positive note, I did just finish a 28 day committment of Black History posts on Facebook where I spotlighted my friends from elementary school, high school and college.  I was proud to have actually stuck to a process that I started!  How random is that?

Well let us get to the point!  I have begun blogging again and I hope to have you as a reader on my future posts.  I have been through a lot since I stopped blogging last year and my life and my ideals have changed drastically.  I am on a path filled with purpose!  I have recently written the foreward for a book authored by Mrs. Toni Ellis entitled: “God’s Dowry for His Daughters: His Good Treasure”. (All of you women need to buy this book!  FOR REAL!)  I have also started to co-author two other books (which I will tell you about when I can).  I have been in a serious funk for the past 6 or 7 months but I can see the light now!  I have awakened to a new existence and I am excited about the possibilities.  I am working on a few projects with friends and I am attempting to put my school F. H. Jenkins on the map!!!!  MY FEAR IS GONE!!!

Thats it!  Fear is why we have committment issues!  We fear we cannot complete a task or that we are not good enough for the assignment.  When times get hard, we let fear talk us out of the whole deal instead of letting trust and faith take us to the end.  Did you know that when you fail to last to the end of a test in life that you may be doomed to repeat it on some level until you pass?  Who wants that?  So many things are slipping through our hands and we think that life is “dishing us a raw deal”.  The truth is that we will never make it until we endure the pain and make it through the test. Most times we will see that the victory was worth the trial,  In addition, we will fare better in life due to the lessons we have learned along the way.

A marriage, a job, school, a new relationship, a dream…whatever it is don’t let the fear of completion get you down!  Fight and push yourself to do your best every day.  Don’t even worry about the days ahead.  Go one day at a time.  If that is too much, go one hour at a time.  Just worry about the step in front of you, then take that step.  I guarantee that your life will change for the better.  Check it out for a few days and let me know what happens!

Look for specials in the upcoming months like THE MID MONTH MOTIVATOR.  This may be a funny story or a historic post or just something motivating.  It will be posted around the 15th of each month!  See you soon!  Be fabulous!

Brian John Thomas Watts