This will sound incredibly arrogant, but here goes… I don’t need someone else to validate my existence on this mortal coil. I’m not saying I don’t want a companion/life partner. I’m saying that I exist and thrive regardless of whether a companion/life partner is present in my life. And I think this fact scares/intimidates some women I run across. I wish it weren’t the case. I think we can go so much further as a race of humans if we realize how much we always have in ourselves, without relying on others to fill holes we think we have. What I say and think doesn’t obviate the need/desire/want for companionship. It just forces us to stop using others as crutches.