Exercise #164 : Opening by Ovid
Ovid wrote: "Jupiter from on high smiles at the perjuries of lovers." Use this as the first line for what could be the opening paragraph of a novel about love.
Jupiter on high smiles at the perjuries of lovers. It has been said that if one is lucky enough to be the focus of her watchful yet favorable gaze will forever be lucky in love, despite these perjuries. However, if one should so unfortunate as to gain attention from her malignant eye... That person is doomed forever to roam the Earth alone, celibate not by choice but by divine orientation.
We join one such unlucky individual as he has just come home from one of the most disastrous dates in his life.
Oh, good gracious. Remind me never to anger Lady Jupiter!
Oddly enough, however, I actually have a question for you, my lovely readers:
What is your take on "casual dating?"
Now, I think by now we've already covered the fact that I am notorious for my prudish ways, and I not only accept that but am proud of the fact that I have stubbornly stuck by my original plans to practice abstinence until I feel that 1) I'm ready to have sex and 2) I'm with the man with whom I'm going to spend the rest of my life. Now, I won't be one to say that these requirements say "wait until marriage," but I do know that I won't be having sex anytime soon simply because I'm not currently involved with anyone, and I have absolutely no desire to get married.
That being said, I still want to date. But I know myself. I'm not capable of this "casual dating" phenomenon due to the mere fact that when I start thinking romantically about someone I get serious, and I get serious quickly. I've been brought up to believe that dating has one purpose (with several perks on the side): to find the person who is willing to cultivate a long term relationship / marriage with me, so it's extremely difficult for me to go out with someone without that lingering in the back of my mind. To me, dating does not serve the purpose to have something to do on the weekends, and I can't get past that. I mean, can't we just hang out and have fun without adding that extra element?
What do you think? Are you a casual dater? If not, why? Is it something you've tried and decided not to continue? Or are you like me and don't think you're emotionally able to do it? If you are, then fill me in on your secrets, because I'm entirely befuddled.
This is something I've been thinking about quite a bit over the last little while, and I keep talking myself in this giant circle, ending up right back where I started, possibly more confused than ever.
So I have one request: