I’m always grateful for comments (as long as they are respectful)! I perceive my stories as much less about internet clowns and more about the lessons I have learned from those interactions and from putting myself out there in today’s dating world.
One of the primary motivators for writing my dating debacles is that so many throw out the vague “dating’s tough.” I wanted people to know EXACTLY what it looks like — at least for a middle-aged chick in Austin.
I have taken breaks from dating. I didn’t get married till I was 29. I moved to Charlotte, NC many years ago and knew exactly 2 people. I have done the “alone” thing! Even now, I spend most of my time alone.
But I would prefer to be in a caring, supportive relationship. I’m not “fabulously single.” I’ve been in therapy, done my soul-searching, and am very much at peace with the knowledge that I would prefer to share my life with someone else.
I won’t do that out of desperation or by bending my standards. And I may very well be single for the rest of my life. One has to have peace about that when she pursues divorce.
My real loves are music, fashion, and travel. About 6–8 people read those stories, while my dating debacles receive hundreds (even thousands) of reads. I feel sure that there must be writers out there writing about the single life. I wish I could steer you to them, but P.S. I Love You and The Ascent surely have some!
Should you wish to know more about me (and less about my dating foibles), these titles might be more up your alley:
365 Days Later: How “La La Land” Changed My Life
The back half of 2016 had me beaten down. I had been divorced in 2014, which was challenging and heartbreaking in its…
The Unexpected Life Lesson I Learned From My Worst Semester
Teaching at the collegiate level had been a dream of mine since my grad school days (back in 1995). Serendipitously I…
Just in Time: My Chance Encounter with Richard Linklater
A Favorite Musical Post Inspired by the Director, Nina Simone, and the “Before” Series
Many thanks for the follow-up response and for reading my story in the first place, Karin!