Silicon Valley Bachelor (AKA Kevin L.)-- wrote the below post on his blog and he's letting me share it here. It's all about the realization that his "blog persona" has maybe gotten in the way of him forming meaningful relationships. I love this post, because it explores the fact that sometimes we have to be the ones to change in order to find the things we want in life. Enjoy!
When I scroll through my newsfeed on Facebook and see a stream of former
classmates and friends all married, with kids – some of whom have even
started high school! – I wonder whether I made some wrong decisions in
my life. Should I not have pushed away that sweet and caring television
reporter? Or that hilarious and fun banker? Or what about that
intelligent and ambitious single mother? Regardless, it was always
something. I question whether I will ever be satisfied.
Maybe I'm going through a mid-life crisis. I don't know. For as long as
I've written Silicon Valley Bachelor – almost seven years – the tagline
has always been, "ludicrous, belligerent, irresponsible..." And for a
number of years, I was always happy to oblige. You want someone to party
with? That's going to be me. It was a persona that worked well. A brand
that took on a life of its own. But lately, it's a burden and a
representation I feel less and less comfortable with.
On several recent "party" outings, I had an overwhelming sense of NOT
wanting to be there. Maybe it's the negative consequence of extensive
travel – finding my home environment neither intriguing or interesting
anymore. Or maybe I really didn't want to be there. The same types of
people doing the same types of clichéd things. And none more clichéd
The most intriguing woman I ever met once wrote to me:
"Despite the fact that you’re an undeniable gentleman, you’ve spent a
lot of your adult life crafting a public persona and a career out of
celebrating beauty and sexuality, something to which I’m sympathetic but
also deeply wary. Beauty is fleeting."
What she wrote was the moment I had been dreading for years. Someone
that I truly, genuinely liked calling me out on my bullshit. And there's
a lot to choose from. I'd always known that by being openly forthcoming
with tales of dating, courtship, and partying (although I never got
graphic or named names), that it might one day impede my chances with
someone who actually mattered. She mattered.
Everything I've written has always been an extension of who I am – not
WHO I am. Unfortunately, sometimes the most entertaining aspects of what
I write is what sticks.
Too often, I feel I must live up to this persona I've embellished and
molded for myself. Half the things I write never get posted, because I
worry they won't entertain enough people – that those who are reading
might not laugh. 700,000 people have now read a story on this site. And
rather than be empowered, I feel more beholden than ever. Even
throughout this post, I struggle to not make a mockery of myself through
jokes – because that's what I believe you want.
Does this mean I no longer want to go out and have drinks? Dance the
night away? Or make people laugh? Absolutely not. Making people laugh is
what I take the most pride in over these last seven years. It's the one
thing about myself that I'm sure of.
I don't have any of the answers to what this next chapter of my life
holds. I spend more time searching and questioning than knowing. It's
time to take back my persona, whatever it is, or may become...
In the end, you can try and make yourself desirable to everyone, but you
can also end up being a sad caricature of no one. A cliché. We've all
the right to continually redefine ourselves. People evolve. I've
Is there still a place for me where I call home? Whom everyone I know
lives a life far different than mine? In a way, traveling in foreign
lands makes me feel safe. Along with everyone else, I'm just a tourist
making discoveries – not knowing what's behind each corner. A far better
feeling than being a tourist in my own environment.
Ludicrous, belligerent, irresponsible... might still be accurate, but I won't hide behind it anymore.