Journal of Alan Howard
Friday - 16th November 2001 -
Reflections on the past...
Over the past week, I've been re-reading this journal, and
I've gained some fascinating insights. It's coming up to
the 3-year anniversary for this journal, and its seen some
significant changes over those years. Changes in the
formatting of the website and the layout, and changes in my life
and what's important to me. Here's a rundown of those
changes, as the years and months have gone by.
November 1998. The journal begins. I was lonely and
needy for the company of women. I went out on a lot of
dates, and got excited about every woman who gave me some
attention. I also got crushed after being dumped after
only one date - sometimes without even going on any date at all!
June 1999. After 5 years without a girlfriend, I
found myself in a relationship with Darlene. The drought
had broken! This was a very happy and creative time for
me, being in an exciting and magical 'love story'.
January 2000. The magic had gone, and I was alone
again. Sad and grieving, I ended up looking outside of myself at
those around me and gained solace in the attention of others
April 2000. Michelle entered my life and I began walking
down a path I could never have imagined, where I'd end up
leaving the country I loved and living in another (New Zealand).
June 2000. I stepped boldly out on that new path, unsure and
a little afraid, but never hesitant. I moved to NZ and began a
new life away from my country and my friends. I was
excited about the changes, and about this new woman in my life.
July 2000. I got the best job of my entire life, working
for an IT support organisation (Computerland) that looked after corporate clients.
November 2000. The relationship with Michelle had ended,
and there was a time of grieving. But not enough
time. I tried to be friends with this woman who had meant
so much to me, but who I discovered I couldn't live with.
January 2001. Came back from England where I'd gone for a
holiday with Michelle. Spent the next two months trying to
deal with more stress than I'd ever experienced, as Michelle
spent all her energy trying to get me to come back to her.
She eventually moved back to England in April.
April 2001. Thinking that I had dealt with my relationship
issues, I involved myself in another relationship with
June 2001. The relationship with Kylie ended, forcing me
to reconsider my thoughts on what I'd actually dealt with in the
November 2001. After 5 months of choosing to be alone and
doing extensive soul-searching, I am in a place of stability and
contentment. Seeing and understanding the part I had in
the downfall of my past relationships has been
enlightening. I was also able to see those areas that I
hadn't dealt with in the past, which were the subsequent cause
of further relationship problems. Now there isn't a sense
of frantic activity about me anymore, inside my mind and in what
I radiate. I'm not hung up on the need to have the
attention or love of a woman, and I can actually be friends with
those women in my life, rather than hope for something
The changes that I've seen in myself - in this website - has
been going from need and attachment, to stability and even
detachment (in terms of not being attached to the idea of being
with a woman). I feel more relaxed and in control of
myself and my destiny. I feel more capable. It's
Well, I'm going to write another article for The Spirit...
This one was inspired from a conversation last night with a
you accept who you are?