Date down, the wrong type, or leave the man first; you controlled the outcome. I suddenly didn’t have time to date, dating was too much work, most men were just too immature, I didn’t really need a man to feel complete, and the timing just wasn’t right. Love would just happen.
This is how I dated for decades. Protecting myself with busyness & occasionally attracting men not worthy of me. My excuses seemed legitimate but months turned into years.