Sometimes A Good Man Is Not Enough

Have you ever dated a man that was absolutely wonderful? Treated you like the queen you are? Shared a lot of the qualities you were dreaming of in a man? And yet... you still find yourself not exactly into him? Or not liking him as much as you thought you would?

If so...I know exactly how you felt!

Sometimes a good man is not enough.

Men always like to whine about how woman don't like "nice guys"
Or that silly phrase "Nice guys finish last"
Because women and I quote "Like men that treat them like shit" "They want a man to smack them up every now again" -Various Guy Friends
Well there are situations where the above occurs but not always for the reasons men assume.

My fantabulous new reader and old friend shared with me her true story and I'm sure a lot of women can relate.

The story goes that she dated a man for several months and although she didn't like him at first, she grew to like him as their platonic friendship flourished. That can often happen, and usually makes for a beautiful relationship. She described him as giving, smart and a huge gentleman. He complimented her really well, got to know her inside and out, and supported her when no one else did. After seven months of dating, she broke up with him and asked if they could remain friends. Being the superly nice guy he was...he obliged and they remain close.

As soon as she explained the story, I asked her why she broke it off after seven months. Her explanation was simple. "He just wasn't good enough for me"

And oddly enough, I didn't ask her to explain because I knew exactly what she meant.

I'm sure her Ex-Boyfriend will meet a woman that will appreciate all those qualities that she also admired about him, and that woman will love him forever. But my friend was just not that woman. 

Sometimes, a man will have a bunch of amazing qualities that will separate him from the majority of guys. It will casually catch a female’s interest and she may grow to like him for those qualities but then.... Her reality sits in. He's smart but he doesn't want to go to school. He's giving but he always expects something in return. He's a gentlemen with you but an asshole to everyone else.
You see, no man is perfect, and often we as humans learn what flaws in a person, we are willing to live with and what flaws we know we want to live without. 
And so if you could be the nicest guy, but if you have that one or two flaws that a woman can't live with, she's going to eventually decide to move on.
 Is that fair? Often it's not.
 Is it selfish? Maybe  
Do many men get hurt or feel that being a nice guy sucks?  Perhaps.
But I've always said this to justify my huge habit of being shallow.
"I'm the one that has to live with his flaws on a daily basis, not the rest of the world" So why live in despair and blatant unhappiness just because he has a few great qualities.

I know it may be hard to believe, especially with how women carry themselves nowadays but...Some women actually have standards, some women actually know what they want, and some women knows when a man falls short of reaching those standards and or being what they want.
I would love a man that took me out and got along well with my family and supported my dreams but if he smoked and sat in his mother’s basement all day, I could only stick around in that kind of relationship but for so long.

So oddly enough, the qualities that often make a good man “good”….often become NOT enough.

The question that may be squirming around in your head is whether she made the right decision?
Could she have perhaps worked around those flaws she saw in him?
Could she have helped him move towards being a better him, while in the process also helping herself?
No man is perfect, why leave him if he has some great qualities about him?

Well…. I believe that life is too short to mold someone into the person you want them to be.  A good friend once said that “you don’t “date” someone for what they can become but rather who they are at that moment”.
If you are with someone and they change for the better, more power to them and great news for you, but it’s not your responsibility to see that they do change for the better. They have to want to do it for themselves.

Will she find a guy that encompasses great good guy qualities again? I believe so.
And this time… whatever flaws she may have found unbearable to live with may not exist in the new guy.
Hence…there becomes her chance at a happy ending.

Trust Me my loves…These situations are tough to deal with and to work through. I myself can admit to making a similar decision. But my baby loves I Cannot Lie when I say that sometimes it’s the best decision for both people involved.

13 Response to Sometimes A Good Man Is Not Enough

January 4, 2011 at 12:27 AM

This is sooooo true nd sumtimes we find ourselves in dat next relationship nd were like damn.... maybe we cuda dealt wit dat stupid flaw! u kno da 80/20 rule SUCKS LOL

January 4, 2011 at 12:31 AM

I agree. My next post will be about that exact rule! Haha!

January 4, 2011 at 12:38 AM

YAYYYYYYY

Royell
January 12, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I thought that i was the only one feeling this way lately. I am beginning to see that the "good guy" may not necessarily be good for me. I used to get sucked in by what i call "the stats". In my head, i have the check list effect going on. Job (check) Car (check), handsome (check), well-groomed and stylish (check), funny (check), Charismatic (check), and the list goes on.I find that before i get someone that meets the criteria, i just up the ante and find more requirements that i need to add to the checklist. The more i discover about myself, the more i discover i need in a mate. And the more i discover that i need from a mate, the more i discover that i need to bring to the table. You do determine your worth and value but i feel as though sometimes we want to gain more than we are willing to put out. So I say be sure before you ditch the good man, you are someone intune with self and i agree with Alison... 20% SUCKS

January 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Very well said. I completely agree. Did you read the next post yet lol?

Royell
January 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM

I just read it... maybe i shoulda commented there, lol

January 12, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Sometimes I have to follow up on certain topics because people may form one opinion like oh I can ditch a man because I want what I want. Lol

January 17, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Very interesting...im usually in that 'nice guy' category so im happy I read this lol

August 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Just seeing this comment Roger... I hope you meet someone that appreciates a nice guy.

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Anonymous
February 26, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Nothing but fucking games

March 28, 2013 at 3:33 PM

can u ppl telme wt woman really wants..?? cuz im also tired of being nice..

Anonymous
August 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM

In the end just be exactly who YOU are. Don't allow anyone else to determine if you are GOOD ENOUGH or NOT simply because you are who you are. The World is full of people who know what they want and will go to the end of the World for you. The same women who don't like nice guys or leaving the nice guy are the same ones who end up looking for a nice guy to be there for her and help raise her kids. Meanwhile the Nice guy is out there building businesses making millions and is loved unconditionally by a woman who needs none of that. Everything happens for a reason and yes it sucks when people aren't honest about how they feel and yes it sucks being in the friend zone but it all builds character and pushes you one step closer to your Destiny just as God planned it. -PillowTalkIt

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