The Boyfriend List

I, tongue firmly in cheek, allude to The Boyfriend List in this blog whenever I chat about my singleness or my absolute unshakeable belief that MY Mr Perfect is out there somewhere. I say ‘my’ Mr Perfect because obviously no one actually is perfect are they? I believe there’s someone out there who is perfect for me though.

During a particularly productive therapy session years and years ago I produced a list of characteristics my ideal partner would have. It became The Boyfriend List.



Now I know EXACTLY what you are thinking. You’re thinking that’s pretty demanding list for a woman in her mid 30s with a whole brood of children. I know that’s how it appears.

Let me explain.

Back when I wrote this list I was still battle weary from toxic relationships. I was also hugely aware that I was vulnerable.

The problem with being tired and wounded and damaged is this : It attracts the very men you need to be well away from.

Even back then I knew I wasn’t put off men forever. That I wasn’t sworn off relationships. It’s unusual to get to my age and never having been in love. I knew one day I wanted to give that a whirl (how on earth can I write my best selling rom com without ever even have had a sniff of the happy ever after stuff)

I was distrustful of my own judgement when I wrote the list. I also knew EVERY relationship I’ve ever been in had come about accidentally. There was never any desire or admiration or even the simple crush about them. I’d met someone, thought they were OK and fallen into a relationship .

I never want to do that again.
So despite how it looks, my list really isn’t a demand.
It’s a promise. To myself.
It’s saying don’t settle.
It’s saying I deserve someone a bit special.
It’s saying even if he never shows you’re best on your own than in a shitty relationship.
It’s saying don’t lower your standards.

Also, as was pointed out to me – (my name is Kelly and I’m the least self aware person in the world) this list isn’t unreasonable.
I’m not asking to be woken in the morning to a specially assembled dawn chorus of trained birds before having breakfast brought in bed on a golden platter followed by out of this world, mind blowing sex. To later find myself spending the day on the yacht of my boyfriend, the most handsome man to walk the earth, lounging in my diamond shoes having my every whim catered to by an adoring man.
It’s really just asking for a decent human being.
That’s not too much to ask is it?

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13 thoughts on “The Boyfriend List

  1. Hi Kelly! So, I notice this is an older post. Have you found him yet? I think it’s great to have a well thought out list of qualities you want in your boyfriend. It really helps. I wish I had my list with me when I was living abroad. Might have saved me a bunch of trouble! #globalblogging

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    1. Ha Ha yes if I’d written one looong back I’d have saved myself a whole load too!! There is certainly a potential box ticker at the mo so we shall see!!! X

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  2. I’m glad you ended that way, because I was NOT thinking that it is a demanding list! I was thinking good on you for knowing what you want and putting your values first. And also nice to see a list that wasn’t just ‘funny, rich, good looking’! Thanks for joining us at #GlobalBlogging

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  3. Oh what a fabulous list! Love the “get me” part but also the consistent and knowing what ig going on in the world around them. Never lose sight of this list because this man does exist and you will find him. Don’t settle for less #fortheloveofBLOG

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  4. This is a brilliant list, and I hope that you find the man of your dreams. Or have you found him? I think you definitely deserve to be wined and dined on a yacht. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  5. Kelly, this is absolutely fantastic. Even before I got to the end, I was reading the list thinking “none of those things are unreasonable.” It’s a brilliant list and the part where you say it’s more a promise to yourself is very poignant. I don’t think you should ever accept anything less than what’s on your list and I also think you will find someone who is all this and more – you’re totally gorgeous and lovely (and a very good writer to boot). I’m looking forward to a future post entitled “Check, check, check – I Found Him!” You’re an inspiration xx #Blogstravaganza ps still laughing at “lounging in my diamond shoes” haha!!!!!

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    1. Aawww thank you so much for your lovely comment. Perfectly reasonable when I look back at it now and we may even have a potential box ticker on the horizon!!!x

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