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Dear Aunty Bella I would appreciate if you could make this a post so I can get the kind views of the BN fam. I dropped it as a comment earlier, but wasn’t sure if you received it.
So I met this guy when I travelled to the US for short studies recently. Well, we didn’t exactly meet but we constantly ran into each other in my college and I felt this connection with him. Each time our eyes locked we would stare at each other for a few seconds before I removed my eye. I would constantly freeze around him with my heart beating faster, and one time he smiled at me I just couldn’t smile back, because I froze then I wondered if he thought I was rude and felt bad that I could have used that opportunity to start a conversation or something. And ironically my typical self would have been friendly and gregarious if I wasn’t lovestruck.
Anyway I eventually started saying hi to him and he replied me the first time with the most beautiful smile which was encouraging but I guess he didn’t read anything in it, because subsequently I would always be the one initiating the greeting. Sometimes he won’t even look at me until I say hi. I would run into him on the corridor almost everyday with me noticing him more and not being bold enough to start up a conversation well maybe because it was a school environment and he was a teacher there.
Well long story short I returned to naija, since almost a year, but the problem is I can’t seem to get him off my mind. Note that this guy and I were never introduced, but I got his name off his office door and checked him out on Facebook. I think he is single judging from some fb comments and posts, but I don’t know anything about him really other than he worked at my former school, and I used to see him at my church also. He also seemed to work really hard to have a doctorate at such a young age. The kind of qualities I would love in a man.
So lately I have been contemplating adding him on FB, but then we would have no mutual friends and I don’t wanna come across as weird or worse a stalker, you get my point. Worst case scenario would be if I did add him and he accepted then what next? Or what if he ignored my request. Would i come across as desperate or would it kill my reputation or that of other Nigerians in his department? I don’t know. I had one Nigerian friend in his department but I never told her I liked him.
I feel so confused like I’m chasing shadows. I am single, almost 30 🙂 and keep getting that feeling of you have nothing to lose so why not add him but to be realistic he is miles away so even if there was a chance he liked me how would we handle a long distance relationship and the cultural barriers. Oh did I mention he’s American, phew. Caucasian, but not that I mind though. Maybe I am over thinking and would get over this. I really don’t know. I just wanted to talk to someone. Please don’t laugh at me. Would appreciate your perspective on this and advice.
I happen to have had experiences of being strongly attracted to a few guys in the past, giving them green light yet they wouldn’t still make a move and I would just quit when it begins to get embarrassing. Like a serial unrequited lover girl. I had battled depression in the past but I thank God I came out unscathed. Now I feel more confident and in a good place but the loneliness gets to me a times and I just don’t want to settle for someone I don’t love and vice versa.
So I guess I should know better, but again I feel like what’s the worst that’ll happen if I added this guy? I keep getting this feeling he may like me and perhaps he was just not bold enough to approach me or something. Or maybe I scared him off by always staring at him.
I happen to be beautiful (not bragging) but I don’t know if he is attracted to me, even though I felt so because our eyes constantly locked and held. I know what I felt. Perhaps I should just let go since we are world’s apart.
I wished I talked to him more when I was there, and right now I see FB as the only link to connect with him again but then I don’t know. Please advise. Sorry for the long read.
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