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Why Being the Right Person Is More Important than Finding the Right One

Clair is an introvert, programmer, Leo, photographer, and writer.

Here's why you should focus on becoming your best self before searching for your next relationship.

Here's why you should focus on becoming your best self before searching for your next relationship.

Don't Look for the Right Person; Be the Right Person

I know so many people who easily change partners after every failed relationship as if they are just changing clothes. They say that they haven't found the right one yet, so they have to keep looking.

After my first breakup, they told me to keep dating other people until I found the right man for me. I listened to them, I tried to meet other men, but I realized that I was just repeating the cycle of breaking my own heart and others as well. I was a mess, and I hurt people who got close to me.

It was after I lost the man I truly cared about that I decided to stop looking for the right one and focus on working on myself first. The saying "You repeat what you don't repair" finally made sense to me. I stopped blaming my ex for his faults and shortcomings, but instead, I started to check for flaws in myself, for I cannot control other people. I wanted to work on my insecurities and my issues so I could be a better partner for my future lover.

I know that people have different perspectives when it comes to dating, but based on my experience, here are the reasons why it is better to be the right person rather than to find the right one.

  1. We attract what we are: If we want a loyal partner, we have to be a loyal person. If we want a confident partner, we have to build our self-confidence. So if we are looking for a healthy relationship with someone who's loving, faithful, responsible, honest, and all the qualities that we're looking for in a partner, we should have those qualities first.
  2. We need to heal our childhood and relationship wounds: Some of the relationship problems that we have stem from our unresolved childhood issues. Like after the breakup, I realized that all of my insecurities are coming from my unhealed childhood wounds. As a middle child, I was looking for attention, love, and validation from my ex-boyfriend, which I did not get from my family when I was a child. Also, we learn to heal our broken hearts before we enter a new relationship instead of carrying all our emotional baggage to our future relationships.
  3. We learn to embrace our singlehood and love ourselves: Being single is not a punishment. There is a purpose why the relationship ended, and it's because we need to learn something and to change ourselves to be better. We need to evaluate ourselves to learn from our mistakes and avoid them in the future. We need to be comfortable with ourselves first so that we know if we are choosing someone because we love them or because we're just lonely. Singlehood is the time to work on ourselves, be the person we are looking for, and give ourselves the love, attention, and time our former partners failed to give us.

Lastly, they say that the best revenge is to improve ourselves. If we loved someone so much but got hurt in return, we don't stop aiming to become a better person. We deserve someone better, and to be able to have that, we have to be even better first.

We don't stop being loyal just because we got cheated on. We don't stop being the good people that we are just because someone left us behind or for someone else. We don't stop loving just because we did not get things right before. We learn, and we become better.