You ask: What is to be done about it?

I don’t have all the answers, but for me: (1) Soul searching and therapy, (2) Taking breaks as needed, (3) Staying true to myself, (4) Trying to find the humor, (5) Adding my blog/writing as a new hobby, and (6) Enjoying my other loves like music, travel, fashion, and art. (Plus my regular life duties: adjunct faculty, mother, friend, etc, etc.)

I can’t change the dating world. And I’m unwilling to change my standards. So dating remains a challenge.

And, yes, you are right: it is definitely challenging for almost everyone out there!

Thank you for sharing your insight and for reading. I remain hopeful that you will meet a woman who sees your value and has ripped up the lengthy checklist! Best wishes to you!

Queen of mixtapes. Lover of music, travel, and fashion. Authentic sharer of life lessons and dating foibles.

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