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Look at the lonely old men hanging out in the back of any gay bar, hitting on pretty young things with the unrealistic hope that they will somehow catch a cute young thing who will make them feel young again. I spent 25 years looking for someone, pretty desperately, most of which time I was completely alone and not even dating. Now stop and think for a moment. Think about how difficult this makes your life. Think of all the little things you need each day just to get by, everything in your home arranged for a person in a wheelchair, special transportation, help with shopping, etc.
Now consider how someone else is going to feel about the idea of themself, a healthy person, voluntarily choosing to live in that world of coping nonstop with disability even though it's not their disability. And yes, my boyfriend occasionally comments on how it weirds him out when he realizes I use a cane to walk.
Not to mention any concerns they may have about how you will physically be able to have sex with them. Not to mention any other concerns they may have about it all, of which there are no doubt many. You need to sit down and think about the profile of who you really want to have a relationship with, and the profile of who you think might want to have a relationship with you. Figure out the intersection between the two, and you have the profile of who you're looking for, which should help you start looking.
If there is no intersection, then you probably have an unrealistic expectation somewhere, so you need to figure out where that is and fix it. Yes, there are people out there who might be interested in a relationship with you, but you need to find someone who is both interested in that, and also interesting to you. I appreciate all you have said and the advice that you have offered. It is very much appreciated. I'm sorry to hear of your health issues and I'm glad you have found someone.
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I do have to disagree on a couple of points though. I still stand by my statement that it's just a wheelchair. I don't consider accessibility a hindrance to another person. I actually get by quite alright on my own, without much help at all. I'm a very independent person.
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I am not sure if it was your intention on how you worded it, but it came off as kind of like I should be apologizing to the able bodied person for who I am. I guess if they are the ones uncomfortable then they aren't the right person for me. Yes, being in a chair has changed my life, my illness has changed my life but I don't think it has made it difficult. I'm very proud of all that I have accomplished, I'm proud that I continue to live and persevere. I'm proud that I climbed the wall of insurmountable odds and am still alive to prove it.
You are not the first person who has indicated to me that people like me should think of the other person. I get that, and you are right, but what about it being vice versa? Why is it people like me have to do the accommodating to the able bodied person? I think this is where that mutual understanding and that intersection you talk about should take place.
I do fully agree the person needs to know what they are getting into, but the problem I find is the person doesn't even ask because I get looked over. See there has to be a start before it even gets that far. If there isn't a start, it's a moot point, to begin with. If they have concerns about sex then the person isn't for me either.
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Sex is only the small component of a relationship. Your last bit I agree with and disagree with. I do agree that has to be some commonality to start, but I do not agree with the unrealistic expectation.
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I think you are assuming I have unrealistic expectations. The simple fact of the matter is, my expectations are pretty simple: I don't think those are unrealistic expectations. I'm not looking for someone to take care of me or pity me or any of that. I know how to take care of myself, I know how to be on my own, I can drive, I can cook, I can do dishes, I can take a piss, so I don't need an aid. It would just be nice to find someone who wants to be with me for me, not someone who is occasionally commenting about the weirdness of me using a chair. I'm sorry, but I do find it a bit disconcerting your boyfriend would make a comments about your cane.
A disability should not define anyone, I am disabled but I'm also a writer, a lover of books and art, a Sunday school teacher, a witty and funny guy, a person who takes too many meds to count, who deals with pain, but also someone who is forever the optimist and who is politically active and volunteers to help others, and the list goes on and on. Yet, it seems it is the able bodied who are the ones who define the disability. If they can't see past the chair, then how will they even know what I'm about?
Anyway, again, I do appreciate you taking the time to respond. I also appreciate your advice, but I can't really agree with much of it. Which is fine, people don't need to agree on everything. However, you did make me realize one thing about myself that I had seemed to forget I don't have to give in or settle for just someone in order to be with someone.
If they can't look past the chair then they are not for me. Again, I'm glad you found someone that you think might love you and I hope it works out for you. If you find someone else in the same predicament, you're likely to bond over a mutual understanding and the need to enjoy the company of like minded people. It certainly would be nice to connect with others like myself, yet that seems to be tough to do as well. I suppose the community is much smaller where I am at.
I appreciate you responding. If you try and meet people online etc It's best to obtain friends for company as it will also expand your social circle and chance of meeting the right person. I do agree it's best to find friendships above all else. Friends are something that you typically can keep for life. Partnerships can easily fall apart-not always, but I mean look at the divorce rate as an example. I have tried dating sites, and though I have met some success with them, they do create a type of artificiality to them that I just can't reconcile with.
I've also noted the high expectations people seem to have. On one site the guy listed all the attributes he was looking for which included: These were just a few Sadly with gay men being so rare, it's not that uncommon for it to be super hard for gay men to find somebody long-term. I am not sure if rarity is the issue. I mean certainly, people find each other just by circumstance alone. Though, I also think you are right as well when you are a small portion of the population it can be tough to navigate those waters.
My relationship with the gay community has been strained - at the best of times. Very early on I found that meeting someone who was interested in a relationship was next to impossible. I was a lot younger then. In the years since, I have not totally given up hope that I will meet someone special, but I have given up hope trying to meet someone. By this I mean that I don't go to bars, I don't spend countless hours chatting online or using dating programs like Tinder on my phone and since I am a mostly solitary person, it seems unlikely that someone's going to pop into my life.
The thing for me is that I am genuinely happy being alone most of the time. If it doesn't happen, if I don't meet someone, so be it. I will not be unhappy. If I do meet someone who can look past my gut, hair loss and abrasive personality, then great! All sorts of people - not just gay men.
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