I have been trawling through a few blog sites of people that I follow of late and also was away for the weekend (hence not writing a post for a few days). I know hand up – you have missed me **laughing** ..nothing like patting ones self on the back.
I shall write about my weekend away (for those that don’t have a TV show to watch and are bored beyond belief) later on, but I though I would write about the topic as above (psst look up to see the Title).
I have come to the conclusion that there is such a stigma attached to on line dating services.
What ? I’m not good enough to meet someone other than on line?
I have friends who will one day introduce me to the man/woman of my dreams.
I wouldn’t trust anyone that I would meet on a computer.
Questions and self doubt and I wonder why?
What are we afraid of?
Do we have the belief that it is not possible to meet the person of your dreams on a dating site?
If so, why do we think that way? Is it because you feel that if you go on a site that you may be talking to possibly a serial killer? A weirdo, a freak, a no hoper, a desperate?
In this day and age it can be difficult to meet that special someone due to the below.
- If your social network isn’t that great.
- If you aren’t the Pub type.
- If you aren’t affiliated with a hobby club.
- If you don’t do sports or go to the Gym (because hell we all know you ALWAYS meet the person of your dreams there).
- If you are over your single friends trying to hook you up on blind dates.
- If you feel the right person will come along eventually (you shall meet in the supermarket – that’s what my mum would tell me) so you don’t need any assistance.
There are so many reasons to convince yourself that on line dating or match making services don’t or can’t work.
Can I tell you … you are wrong (forgive me) but you are.
I have had my fair share of relationships (well I am old-ish). I was married (for 19 years). I was even engaged to a man who was 16 years my junior) please don’t hold that against me…I’m not a cougar 🙂
For OTHER reasons other than the age difference it was not to be.
After that ended I decided to try the on-line system. I don’t have a large network of single females that I could venture out with to the Pubs/Clubs to find the man of my dreams. I was after all in my 50’s and the thought of putting my face on and journeying out to a Pub filled me with horror. So what was I to do??
One brave night ( after a wine or two) I went on line (obviously an Australian site) and entered my details.
With this particular forum you paid when you wanted to communicate with someone. The fee being minimal I may add.
I wrote a profile of myself (which I wrote and re-wrote a hundred times) it’s difficult because you have to basically tell the world who you are, pat yourself on the back..sounds familiar and give the impression you’re a total catch all at the same time) and posted a photo up.
I sat back and waited to see if I got any response. Yes I was eager and every night and checked my emails.
Hmm 1st week a couple of bites but my gut told me …no.
Another couple of weeks went past I ended up chatting to a guy who initially I felt sounded ok. When we arranged to meet however, my gut told me no..he isn’t the one.
A little time went on and I sifted through those that made contact with me, reading their profiles, reading in between the lines, trying to suss out if they were for real ( because there are some out there that tend to stretch the truth) and if we could be match made in heaven. I’m not saying it’s an easy process, but you have to broaden your horizons and also have your wits about you.
Then I came across a profile, wonderful sense of humour, similar likes/interests. I looked at the photo and my fist reaction was “Oh god he’s bald”. Then I took a long hard look at MYSELF and thought so?…what is wrong with almost bald (just because I had never had that before doesn’t mean we aren’t compatible).
We started to chat on line, this was followed up by phone calls which in the beginning were brief, then they got to 2,3 and 4 hourly (even with the “No you hang up 1st”). Yes I reverted to being a teenager again.
Then we decided it was time to meet… was I scared – hell yes..was I doing the right thing? What harm can meeting in a public place do? I bit the bullet and decided to do it.
That night I put on my face, dressed nicely and daughter # 2 dropped my off at the destination with leaving strict instructions as to “If I need to come home I shall call for you to come and get me”.
We met in the foyer of a Hotel (it sounds sleazy but it truly wasn’t). We both only had our internet photos to go by.
I walked in and saw this gentleman (yes almost bald..so at least his photograph was real) and tapped him on the shoulder.
I won’t say it wasn’t awkward because it was. The conversation was stilted in the beginning, after a few drinks we both relaxed, but still I had my doubts (not because he wasn’t what I had envisaged from the site) but I guess because I was being cautious. I had not long finished the ‘engaged relationship’ and my heart in all honesty was not probably in the right place to begin another.
After that evening where yes I ended up teary (blame the alcohol consumption) because I kept thinking of my previous partner I said that we could only be friends, that I wasn’t in the right head space yet (even though initially I thought I was) to have a relationship.
This man’s response was that he totally understood and that he was more than happy to be friends and if I was willing that we would go out together …for company…pictures, dinner etc and if we met someone else so be it.
So we did that, we went out now and then and then we started going out more regularly.
We became FRIENDS, until one day it dawned on me and him that we were more than friends. We had many things in common, we had both been married, both had our fair share of relationships that worked for a while or didn’t, we were at the age where we could simply be US, individuals. There was no pretence, no putting on a show of different personalities in order to please the other. No hidden agendas.
You may have read my poem to Mr. S. This is the man I have just talked about.
4 1/2 years together now not an argument, not a cross word. We are happy, we live our lives together like any other others in a relationship who have gone the traditional route and met face to face.
So what am I saying here? Simply this.
- ONE can find happiness on line.
- ONE can find true love and their soul mate on line.
- ONE has to push past the barriers & misconceptions about finding someone on line.
- GUT feeling about someone on line usually is the right feeling.
- LIFE is sometimes about taking risks.
- DO chat on line first for however long you are comfortable with.
- DO talk on the phone to truly get to know the person.
- DO meet n a public place on your 1st meeting.
- DO have a back up plan in case you need to escape or don’t feel safe.
- KEEP an open mind.
I met and fell in love with Mr. S and I am so glad I was brave enough to try this medium.
So if the thought of meeting someone (that could be the person whom you are MEANT to be with) happens to be from an internet site and the thought of that makes you wary…think about it ..what harm can it do…what are you afraid of? It will be your choice to chat, to talk on the phone, to meet when you feel comfortable in doing so.
I did and I am so glad that I took the plunge for if I hadn’t I would probably be sitting in my little study blogging, writing and wondering who is out there for me?
As they say nothing ventured…nothing gained.
I loved your story I myself have a fairy tale ending 35 years in the making I say do what you need to do to find a friend to share a lifetime with
So happy for you
Eunice thanks and wow 35…well done you!!! 🙂
Fate it was always in Fate’s Hand now I TRUST that what should be WILL BE lol
Hi Mumsy! *waving* my mum was living with us and I suggested she tried an internet dating agency. She didn’t want to but at least gave it a go. She certainly had her fair share of dreamers *laughing* but in the end found the man of her dreams. *smiling*
They’ve been married nearly 5 years now and he’s a really great guy. A friend also married a guy from a dating agency before internet dating agency were around. They’ve been together 15 years. So glad you found Mr S …………..Paulama xxxxxxx
Hi Paulama darling – It seems to be the thing to at least give a try doesn’t it. I am glad you did and wow CONGRATS to your mum and to your friend. I guess I posted to give a bit more of an insight for those who have contemplated it 🙂
Thank you – I’m glad too 😉
loved this one and loved the honesty about it! So glad that you shared that, it certainly gives the whole on-line dating another flair! SO happy it has a happy end as well 😉
Helo sweety thank you also 🙂 Had to be honest and out there I guess, to show that though one should be cautious…it can happen that you meet Mr or Mrs Right.
Yes there was a happy end and hopefully we will continue to make it happier by the day 🙂 xx
I think this is a wonderful thing … so very wonderful.
There are several at my workplace that have met this way … and are married now. I think there used to be a stigma with online dating years ago. However, with the world and technology being what it is today, I think that online dating has come into the mainstream … such as tattoos and such are now seen as normal. I myself tried it at one time …. I may again one day.
I can now add you as another person I know who have met and found happiness this way … the numbers keep growing …*smiles*
I hope it may inspire you to try it again honey, thank you for your kind words.
Yes this virtual friend can be added to your list…and as you say the numbers are growing…and who knows what the future will hold 😉
Good for you! I know several people who met on on-line dating services and are now happily married.
Thanks Beck, after 4.5 years it seems a life time ago that we had the 1st contact, but somethings are just meant to be 🙂 xxx
Happy that your friends have also found happiness this way.
Wow!! What a great love story!
Thank you Mel **blushes** awww shucks wasn’ nuttin 😉
well, if I don’t meet anyone on the cruise I will be working in Dec…I may give online another try…..
Now missy where are you working on this Cruise – do tell?…Another post perhaps in the making? YES please consider it again, if at 1st you don’t succeed …try…try again 😉 xxx
I am booked to do face painting on a holiday cruise departing New Orleans for the Caribbean and then I will have 3 days in New Orleans through New Years eve….would think I would be bound to meet someone…had to plan something fun after I got dumped this past year……
Wow – what a lovely story. I’m really glad you wrote this – I’m learning more about you every day 😉 (although for a moment there I thought you were married to Bruce Willis) 😀
This was a very brave thing to do and as you said – there seems to be some kind of stigma attached to it – and I really don’t know why. Well done and I wish you many more happy years together 😀
Awww thank you hon..yes one thing about blogging is the ‘real you’ seems to emerge and your life can be rather public, but I wrote it to try and give others hope to give it a try if they are in a similar situation as I was.
Brave? Hmm desperate? Hmmm no – just wanting to step outside of my comfort zone 🙂
Thank you…thank you ..I hope so too . xxx
Bruce…hmmm well let’s not go there shall we 😉
Ivonne that sounds wonderful… of COURSE you shall meet someone..hopefully someone who will love you for you and treat you how you deserve to be treated…a beautiful person. How cute doing face painting…maybe you entice the adult males to join in??? 😉
lol…well you never know…funny thing is that it will be christmas in NW–so will need winter clothes and it will be hot in Caribbean so will need summer clothes—lots to pack…but it will be fun to have some pretty things to wear for the ships dinners in the evening…I will take lots of pictures……..cross your fingers for me that mr right will be near by….either on plane or ship…
CROSSED CROSSED CROSSED lovely mwaahhh 🙂
ok..you guys so make me want to come out to Australia for a visist….
as we say in our best Australian drawl… “COME ON DOWN” lol you are welcome any time 🙂 xx
I love your story Mumsy. Good on you for having the courage, for trying something different and for finding the most marvelous Mr S. ( you know how I think of him as being this mysterious man, he should be in a novel) We don’t step out of our box for fear, usually. You stepped out in spite of the stigma and look what you got??? happy happy, joy joy. I am so happy for you and wish you both more love, more peace and endless happiness to come.
Naaawwwwww thank you honey how kind of you.
Hmm Mr. S in a novel…now that would be quite ‘novel’ …pssst he isn’t that mysterious (perhaps just his name for now ) lol. I am glad I stepped outside the ‘norm’ and ventured into on line dating, for I am truly lucky to have met him and have him in my life.
THANK YOU for your kind words and thoughts. xxxxxxx
Life has changed. I’m not sure on-line dating is so frowned on any more. Many are so damn busy that the internet is the only way to meet anyone.
Anyway, I think you were very brave, and I’m glad you met a lovely slaphead to spend your days with 😉
Why I thank you ROS.. I’m sure I’ll tell slap head how lucky HE is 😉 Thanks for popping in – not scared at all now **smiles**
great story on love & friendship…you have been truly blessed. 🙂