Dating Magazine

One Hundred Percent

By Datewithcleo @datewcleo

The concept of 100% is not new to me. When I was a competitive swimmer, I gave 100%. When I interview for a job or interview a person for an article, I give 100%. When I go to kickboxing class at Equinox, I give 100%. When I laugh, I give 100%.

One Hundred Percent

Some of the highest highs happen when you give 100%. When you let yourself obsess and dive directly into a challenge with nothing but fire, faith, and hope, it is possible to come out the other side flying higher than you pictured.

I always say that swimming was the first thing to truly break my heart. This is the problem with 100%. Sacrificing everything for a goal, or a dream, or a love, is utterly crushing. I can not count the tears or the sadness, but I know my spirit broke.

I believe there are a lot of broken people, because at one point, we all gave 100% to something . To music, to the CFA, to modeling, to a man, to a woman, to family, to baseball, and the list goes on. Life does not allow success in everything and the end result is a little (or big) piece of us breaking.

For me, I forgot what it meant to give 100% in dating someone. I partially blame Los Angeles, whether justified or not, but I went on this dating journey as Cleo, and forgot what it meant to be 100% devoted. I forgot what it meant to not be playing the field, to not be weighing all your options, and to not have four back up plans in case the first falls through. I forgot what it meant to put yourself in the line of fire and be fully dedicated to one person.

If you have a goal of mind-blowing love like I do, how can you expect to achieve it without 100%? No one that wants to be an Olympic swimmer will also play basketball on the side in case it does not work out. There is no backup plan when you are 100%.

I always thought (and still do believe) that the safe and smart thing to do, as a woman in LA, is to have a basket full of man-choices. This alleviates the pain of disappointment, the ease of moving on, and quickness in meeting someone. But safe and smart does not equal great. Great is taking smart risks, challenging your strength, and moving forward.

My new challenge for myself is 100%. I want to give 100% in dating someone, in my job, in petting my cat, and in driving my car. I am going to give 100% because I want a life that is filled with 100% passion. The downsides are the factors I can not control. The, “what if he does not want to give 100%?” factor or “what if it does not work out?” factor. I suppose that all you can do from there is follow your intuition in deciding when to move on and then start a new journey of 100%. <3

All my love,

Cleo


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Ryan Navion B

    Ryan Navion

    @ San Carlos, CA May 2018 The Navion four-seat aircraft was originally designed and built by North American Aviation in the 1940s. It was later built by Ryan... Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Htam
    PHOTOGRAPHY, SOCIETY
  • 5 Reasons Most New Venture Creators Need A Co-Founder

    Reasons Most Venture Creators Need Co-Founder

    It seems like every entrepreneur I meet these days is quick to proclaim themselves a visionary, expecting that will give more credibility to their startup... Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Martin Zwilling
    BUSINESS, CAREER
  • Shakespeare on Tyranny

    Shakespeare Tyranny

    Stephen Greenblatt is a literary critic and historian whose insights into philosophy and the contemporary world are genuinely and consistently profound. Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Dlittle30
    SOCIETY
  • The Prescient Wisdom of Douglas Adams

    Prescient Wisdom Douglas Adams

    The Hitchhiker's Guide and the other four books of the trilogy ( it's complicated) have been a part of my life for almost forty years now, mostly in recordings... Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Vickilane
    CREATIVITY, PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Blueberry, Lime & Coconut Friands

    Blueberry, Lime Coconut Friands

    I fell in love with Friands a few years ago when I discovered a fabulous recipe on What Katie Ate. It is the single recipe which inspired me to want to buy her... Read more

    The 23 June 2018 by   Mariealicerayner
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • 5 Refreshing Summer Drinks for Your Children

    Refreshing Summer Drinks Your Children

    Summers are here and so are the scorching heat rays from the sun as well as dry, hot and sweltering weather conditions. This is causing a great deal of havoc... Read more

    The 22 June 2018 by   Travelrasoi
    TRAVEL
  • Creative Writers to Avoid - The I Can Only Trust You to House My Valuables Scam.

    A few weeks ago, I was blogging about a famous singer. I wasn't careful and Tweeted to a catfish Twitter account. The next day, I had a private message. Read more

    The 22 June 2018 by   Lizmckeown1955
    BOOKS, CREATIVITY

Magazines