Want vs. need

I don't need a man in my life. I generally have always had one around, but that was more a matter of want rather than need. Wanting companionship. Wanting a hand to hold. Wanting someone to call. Wanting to feel loved. Wanting to love.

Want. Not need.

What I need now are my priorities. Thankfully, I top my own priority list right now. My wants and needs are coming first.

The door has suddenly been opened to a new world. The dating world. Never in my too many years of proper age have I properly dated. I'm a serial monogamist. One relationship to the next, hardly a breath to figure out what happened in the last one.

I don't need a man around, but there are things that I want.

I want a proper date. A real date. I want to be courted the way a woman should be courted. Phone calls, coffee dates, nights ending in a kiss and a goodbye at the door. Flowers aren't required, but you know what? They're nice.

I want plans. "Pick you up at 7" plans, and "see you Thursday" plans. No baggage, no complications, no over analyzing.

I want to be treated like a lady. And that is what I need from this day forward.