I often have an idea for a blog post bouncing around in my head for a few days before I get the chance to write it. If a particularly good idea or sentiment comes to mind, I’ll jot notes on my BlackBerry. Rarely have I started out thinking about one thing and then by the time I penned it, been given enough reason to completely disagree with it.

Try to follow this one …

I have a tendency to think about my life in cycles. In other words, when Halloween rolls around, I reflect upon where I was on that day a year ago. When the weather gets cold, I start thinking about my life in winters past. Yesterday, I was talking with two of my friends about people I had dated in the past year. When I look back on relationships, I am guilty of falling victim to the Pollyanna Syndrome – remembering positive things more readily than negative things.

I thought about how I enjoyed spending winter nights eating takeout sushi on the couch with him. I remembered watching an all-night marathon of “Rob & Big” on MTV and of going to get bagels for breakfast the next day. I smiled thinking about how he would text me “good morning” and “sweet dreams.” For a moment, I felt sad – that I was really missing being in that place.

Then the other day, I remembered arguing with him on Thanksgiving Day. I remember being on vacation and wondering where we stood, since he left it open-ended before I left for my trip. I remember sitting next to him, more than once, without a thing to say, because I just didn’t think he cared.

On paper, he was everything I was looking for. I’m not going to lie – I can still take out the mental checklist and realize that finding that combination isn’t easy. But then you remember a checklist isn’t everything – a person isn’t a checklist and a good relationship can’t be created from a list of options.

This morning. I started thinking about the other side of that coin. In other words, people I have dated who I reference negatively. I thought in particular about an ex from a few years ago who was always kind to me, cared about me and for that period of time, made me happy. Yet whenever I look back at that time in my life, I see only negatives. I see someone who didn’t fit any of the options on my checklist and I wonder why I thought it would fit.
To put it in cliche terms – square peg. Round hole.
I remembered this morning what used to make me smile about him. I thought again that maybe, a person can’t be judged against a list of options.

One instant message conversation changed my mind.

I remembered why we set certain standards for what we need in a person. While not everything comes down to education-family-job, there is a reason you seek out a “type.” And most importantly, there is a reason that some people, while not wrong for someone else, will never be right for you.

And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.